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   Posted 6/23/2005 9:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm usually on the crohn's board but I have a question I thought you guys might be able to help with.  The instructions say to take it an hour before eating in the morning.  Sometimes that isn't possible for me, and I'm wondering just how important is that?  If I have to eat right away, will the nexium do any good or should I not bother with it that day? 
Thanks for your help!

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   Posted 6/23/2005 10:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Lynneb,

From crohns board to I take Nexium in the morning's with out eating and I seem to do fine.In fact if I eat before I take it I will get really bad inergestion.Hope this help.


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   Posted 6/24/2005 7:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lynneb,
I don't take Nexium but I do take another PPI Prevacid. I asked my doctor the same thing about my med because that is what the insert said on my medication but he told me that it really doesn't matter, that the benefit to it is it allows your stomach pumps to shut down before a meal so the meds are most effective but I never remember to take it 1 hour before a meal.

I don't know if Nexium has them but Prevacid has the solutabs that now make it uneccessary to wait an hour.
Des (dbab)
IBS, Diverticulosis, GERD, Disc Degeneration
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   Posted 6/25/2005 7:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I've been used to waiting the hour most days, and haven't noticed any problems when I don't so far. Actually I take it and have coffee and wonder if that's cheating. Recently I got prescribed darvocet and I wake up with back pain most mornings and would like to take it right away and want to take it with food to avoid any problems. The other reason is sometimes I just sleep in and my whole meds schedule gets off whack so that extra hour makes it worse. Thanks for the replies!

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   Posted 6/27/2005 4:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Lynne:  You may see this twice... I typed out a reply which "disappeared"... good old computers!! (*_*)  Anyhow, my doctor told me to take Nexium one hour before the largest meal of the day... for me that is supper.  Sometimes I forget and end up taking the pill a few minutes before I eat... so far, no dire results from that.  There are also times that I forget entirely, but I have never missed more than one day.  If I do forget, I just take one the next day before supper.  He also said if you're have a "flare up" to add an over the counter antacid an hour after the meal...and more, as needed, until you are "calm" again.   This has worked well for me.  Good luck!.... Jeanne 

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   Posted 7/26/2005 11:53 AM (GMT -6)   
hey lynn, i'm from crohn's too. I almost always take nexium about two hours before dinner (i seem to get acid later in evening and in bed). No problems.
Diagnosed with Crohn's in March 2001, after a bout with an intestinal virus.   Am on Asacol, Lomotil and Remicade.  In my early 30's.

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   Posted 7/26/2005 3:41 PM (GMT -6)   
The packaging says to take it one hour before a meal but I have been told that ideally you should take it 1/2 hr before a meal ... although one doctor said to take it right before you eat(which is generally what I do - I take it right before my morning meal).  Regardless of when you take it, the concensus seems to be you should definitely eat WITHIN an hour as it needs food to fully activate. 

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   Posted 8/9/2005 3:25 PM (GMT -6)   


I have GERD and IBS and my Gastroenterologist told me to take Nexium in the morning 1/2 hour before eating or drinking anything (other than water).  He said this makes a 40% difference in its effectivness. 




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