I don't usually eat anything after 9pm , and I was wondering if taking it on an empty stomach after 9pm is safe, or do I need to eat something with it?
Can you take Nexium on an empty stomach?
Question posted by kozykat60 on 17 Jan 2012
Last updated on 22 March 2021
Yes. You can take it on an empty stomach before bedtime.
Nexium, which contains the active ingredient esomeprazole, belongs to a class of drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). It works by decreasing the amount of acid made in the stomach. It is usually prescribed to relieve symptoms of acid reflux, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, to treat a peptic or stomach ulcer or to treat damage to the lower esophagus caused by acid reflux.
It is recommended that you take Nexium an hour before a meal which is when your stomach empty. This is because if you take it with food it can significantly reduce the amount of drug that reaches the blood stream.
For more information on Nexium see
Can I take my Nexium 2 hours before a meal instead of just one hour before as long as it's taken on a empty stomach? Or does it always have to be specifically one hour before?
My son takes his on an empty stomach before breakfast and I take mine at bedtime with no food. Both of us have been fine. And that is how they are prescribe to both of us.
All the best.
It is recommended to take Nexium one hour before a meal.
Take care, best wishes!
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