nexium twice a day. when should i take my second dose?

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hairy debbie
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   Posted 9/11/2014 4:04 PM (GMT -6)   
ive been given nexium and told to take it twice daily but i wasn't told when. i assume at the end of the day but should i take it before my last meal or before bedtime?

Pat Tall
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   Posted 9/11/2014 8:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Please read the section on Medication Counseling that answers your question. It is really good info. (As always follow docs instructions).

www.practicalgastro.com/pdf/January07/Jan07FrankArticle.pdf

Explains the way to have the medicine work the best . I never understood this before one of the Moderators told me to read it too. My doc never explained it.

made link clickable..

Post Edited By Moderator (dencha) : 9/11/2014 8:20:13 PM (GMT-6)


dencha
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   Posted 9/11/2014 9:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Debbie,

Welcome to Healing Well! Pat has giving you a great resource. Like her, I was never told how to get the most of of my PPI.

Here's the Cliff Notes version of the article:

Take your first Nexium an hour before breakfast and the second dose an hour before dinner. Always take the medication on an empty stomach.

In order to get the most out of the PPIs, be sure that the very first thing you put into your stomach at both of those meals is high in protein. The article suggests milk as an easy first food, but any protein is fine.

It's sad that most docs don't provide this important information to their patients. The article says that most people get as little as 10% of the benefit of their medication because they're not taking it properly.

Good luck! I hope the Nexium helps you!
Best wishes,
Denise

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hairy debbie
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   Posted 9/12/2014 1:12 PM (GMT -6)   
thank you both for the help!
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