Nexium...40 mg....2x a day

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hearty
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   Posted 6/13/2006 9:26 AM (GMT -6)   
How many of you are on this regimen?  I just started yesterday.  My doc who did the scope last week seems to think it will help. His nurse takes it 2x a day and told me to avoid caffeine, fried, greasy, chocolate and I would feel better.  I hope so.  I have gone on and off the ppis for 3 years and am starting to believe them when they say it is chronic.  My scope only showed reflux.  That is good news.  They said it could take 8 weeks to feel better....even on 2x a day.  Please let me know if anyone has any thoughts. 

Joan M
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   Posted 6/13/2006 9:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Joan Mack has her usual advice. If you are paying for your meds, you can take 2 omeprozole instead. 20 mg of that is worth 40 of nexium and it's a generic.

You should take the ppi (nexium, omeprozole, etc.) at night. Don't eat or drink for at least three hours before retiring. You can have a small amount of water.

Best of luck.

hearty
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   Posted 6/13/2006 9:57 AM (GMT -6)   
My doc said to take one 30 min before breakfast and the other 30 min before supper (evening meal)

Lat
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   Posted 6/13/2006 5:10 PM (GMT -6)   
When I was taking Nexium, I took one a day. I was told to take it a night at first then I was switched to an hour before breakfast. I liked the night better. It was much easier and I felt it worked better. Nexium did take a long time to work. It was over a month. If you avoid all the things the nurse mentioned you should feel better soon. I'm not sure there is something that will take every symptom away, even if you do give up everything.

I certainly hope it does for you. Good Luck

hearty
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   Posted 6/13/2006 6:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I feel yucky...headache....etc...on 2 x a day...but I feel like I have to do it.

Lat
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   Posted 6/13/2006 6:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, I had the headache too. Nexium just didn't work well for me. I'm on aciphex now. It has helped. I just wish everything would go away. But who doesn't.

Joan M
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   Posted 6/13/2006 7:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Taking it before bed is good for me because I don't have a lot of discipline and this way I don't eat at night. The nexium and omeprozole are the same for me. I am so tired of it. Take care of yourselves. eyes

hearty
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   Posted 6/13/2006 7:24 PM (GMT -6)   
My doc tells me to eat it 30 min before a meal instead of the 1 hr like the RX says....that leads me to believe he thinks I should eat!!!

So confusing...and getting the scope done last week and him finding just reflux is good news...but....how do I know if I can still have problems down the road from this. How often do you get scoped to look for damage and if the Nexium is healing the damage....how will he ever know if it was there? Know what I mean?

Is this like a band-aid..not a cure?

JohnD
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   Posted 6/14/2006 6:22 AM (GMT -6)   
I have Crohn's/ GERD and was told by my gastro that taking more then one Nexium a day was a waist. it'supposed to last for 24 hours. I take mine when i wake up in the A.M.. as for the scope...they try to have one done every couple years at least that's what they've been doing with me. well, if it's not a cure at least we have a few choices for band-aids. boy, things would be awful without them.
37, Married w/ four kids.
Had problems (pain, bleeding, nausea)  since age 13.
miss dx'ed for years
Dx'd with Crohn's in Spring of 1991.
Resection that December.
Spring of 2002 began the LLQ pain.
went on Remicade in early 2004.
Had exploritory surgery December of 2004 to find the cause of LLQ pain.
......... in Limbo now ...........
 
 
 
 


bekster
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   Posted 6/14/2006 2:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Check out what Joel E. Richter (chair of the department of gastroenterology and hepatology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation) says about the right time and manner in which to take a PPI:  http://www.acponline.org/journals/news/jul-aug04/ppis.htm 
 
Also, research indicates different people require different doses to achieve the same results. I was told to take mine at night because I have nightime acid, but when I have taken it during the day it works the same. I am taking 20 mg of Protonix (pantoprazole).

BobbyT10
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   Posted 6/28/2006 11:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I just switched doctors, and my new doctor has started me on this...so far while eating this i have had loads of sugar, pasta with tomatoe sauce, ribs, and sugar cereal, all which trigger my LPR symptoms, and so far it has been controlling them. I never get heartburn just a sore throat, and so far I haven't gotten one with taking Nexium 2x per day..I'm just nervous that if I ever get laid off from my job and lose insurance, they are so expensive..but i guess there is always prilosec OTC and COBRA...

Scrappyjrt
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   Posted 7/2/2006 5:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I am on 40mg of Protonix 3 times a day. When it starts giving me side effects,headache,nausea,we switch to another one. Protonix is very expensive. Even with our co-pay,it is $60.00 per month.

Joan M
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   Posted 7/2/2006 8:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Bobby check with your pharmacist...omeprazole is the generic for nexium, I think. I know it is cheaper. What are LPR symptoms? Does it mean lower pelvic reflux symptoms?  Thanks.
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