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JDDAVIS2
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1/7/11 6:54 P

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Couzcat, I have been taking Nexium since 2008. I have been through all the proton pump inhibitors and have had the scope. I also have iritable bowel syndrone, so here is what I do. I take Nexium first thing when I get up in the morning with my morning tea. Sometime during the day I also take about a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. Once a day I also eat a yogurt or take a probiotic. Those three things seem to be working for me as I have almost but eliminated those dreaded reflux episodes. Having said that, just as the other person said, each person is different and finding what works is an experimental process. Good luck! JD

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I have been taking Nexium for years. The literature that comes with the medication states that you can take it any time. WRONG!

It must be taken at least 30 minutes before a meal and up to 60 minutes before. The medication must be absorbed first but to be effective it also needs your stomach to be actively digesting food. Hence, take it and make sure you eat within 30-60 minutes. The source of the information is in the medical professional section of the GERD association web site.

I found this out the hard way by following the information that came with the medication and feeling no better than not taking the medication. Morning before breakfast works best for most people.

No problems with hunger or with weight loss.



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It may be worth your discussing this with your Dr. Sometimes the problem appears fairly insignificant, but it may be appropriate to have a scope to see exactly what the cause of the problem was in the first place. Sometimes you have have problems and not realise it. If these are left untreated, you could set yourself up for a form of cancer. The fact you are still having SOME digestive problems indicates that there IS some sort of problem. There are other medications which may not have the side effects you mention. IF after the Scope nothing significant is found, then it would possibly be safe to not take anything but that is best decided on with trained medical input.

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I was on nexium for three years and just this summer I was having all kinds of problems with digestion. I decided to slowly take myself off it even though I was told I would have to be on it the rest of my life. Since I have stopped taking it I can now sleep again and do not have as many digestive problems. For me I am glad i stopped taking them because the side effects were worse than the actual problem now i occasionaly have heartburn but not as bad.


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i take omeprazole, i used to take nez. but the dr. chande me. i have it some times bad.

like i said i weight 185 i would like to be 145 that my goal.


 
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I take my Nexium in the morning then eat a good breakfast. If I don't do it that way I risk my stomach burning then it feels like I am going to be sick from the acid reflux.

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Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication and other types of GERD surgery is performed for GERD by a number of surgeons when medication and/or lifestyle changes don't work. It some places it is done as a one night stay. It may be that the doctor you spoke with hadn't performed any of these procedures so felt uncomfortable with it. It may also be that you may have other factors which may make you an unwise candidate for this - factors like being very overweight, you have asthma and that could be a factor. Other factors can include things like diabetes and heart conditions. I know that there are members in this team who have had the surgery. I don't claim that it or any other surgery is a bed of roses, but a lot of people do get good results from it. Obviously, there are some who don't too.

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Thank you, Ida. My doctor never mentioned surgery, but I did wonder if it was an option. I guess not. I am just grateful that Nexium does work for me. I am taking one in the morning an hour before I eat, as the gastroenterologist advised. I haven't told me regular doctor that I am taking it in the morning, instead of at night like she advised. I think she'll just be happy that it's working for me.



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Kris, I agree with you, that any surgery is dangerous..My doctor is from Canada and he told me that he won't operate on anyone even the worse cases, cause it is a very dangerous operation...He advise me what to do for my case instead of surgery...My asthma doctor told me also it is dangerous and my stomach specialist...I do have a very bad case of acid reflux...I was sick for the whole winter months without putting any solids down...I lived on consume soup, water, and ensure...I had about 1 hour of sleep each night from all the hacking from the acid in my stomach..

I have other people that I know with the same problem as me and their doctors won't operate either...They said the best thing to do for it is watch what you eat and take your medication...Ida


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SPANKY161 - you shouldn't really be generalising like that. Any surgery can be dangerous, and it is unfortunate what happened to your friend, but all surgery, regardless of what it is, carries these risks.

IF the condition is serious, and IF it cannot be repaired or controlled by medication, for whatever reason, then sometimes surgery IS the safest option. It may be that your Dr won't do that operation because your condition isn't serious enough to warrant it or you have other factors with regard to your health which means that it makes surgery more difficult or risky.

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Whatever you do do not have the surgery for it...It is too dangerous...Have a friend that her daughter had it done and landed up that she almost died...My acid reflux doctor won't do that operation either...That is why he put me on Nexium in the morning only once a day...I know I wish that I will not have it to, but unfortunately I do and have to live on it the rest of my life also...If you need to ask me anything I am there to listen as well as the other members...


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6/19/10 12:41 A

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Hi Spanky, It seems that most people take it in the morning so that's what I am doing now. It's working for me. I wish I didn't have to take it, but it's beginning to look like I'll have to take it forever. I wonder if there's some kind of operation I could have so that I wouldn't have to take the Nexium anymore. Then again, I wouldn't want to have an operation. Never had one before.



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Hi, I just saw your post about the Nexium, my doctor wants me to take it in the morning before I eat my breakfast, but have to wait 30 minutes before I eat...I hope this will help you....It has been working for me thi way...I have a bad gas of acid reflux...emoticonemoticon

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ASHIELIZZ - Thank you for the reply. I don't think it worked as well the past couple of nights so this morning I switched back to taking it an hour before I eat in the mornings, instead of at night like my Stanford-educated MD recommended. Sometimes, you have to do what's best for you and not follow exactly what the doctor says. Besides, my gastroenterologist said to take it in the morning, so I am going with him over the recommendation of the general practitioner. Anything that works to combat that "lump in my throat/sore throat due to acid feeling" I'll do. Today I am feeling normal again.

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I've been on it for about a year now and I take mine in the mornings before I eat anything. I think I read on it to take at least 30 mins. before a meal. I guess that's so it can start working before you eat. I guess it's different for each person though. Maybe try taking it at night for a week or so and see how you do. If it doesn't work you can go back to your original plan.



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I have been taking one 40mg Nexium in the morning before I eat and that has worked for me. I recently heard that Nexium can cause bone loss so I stopped it and started taking Pepcid AC. Bad move. Acid in my throat came back with a vengence. I felt like I was choking. The doctor put me back on Nexium yesterday. My general practitioner is insisting that I take it at night before bedtime, but a year ago the gastroenterologist said I should take it in the morning. Anyone have a preference? Thank you in advance for your reply.



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I take Nexium twice a day - one 40mg pill when I get up then I wait an hour to eat. The second 40mg pill I take two hours after dinner before I go to bed. I am on water pills, but the doctors aren't sure if it has anything to do with the Nexium or not. Fortunately my heart checked out okay.

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I have sever GERD and I just started taking Nexium. I take it in the morning about an hour before I eat and that is it ( my script says 3 times a day ). I try to manage my pain by avoiding the things that make my heartburn worse. I have noticed an appetite increase though. My plan is to finish this script and see if it has helped enough to go back to prilosec. I am not a "pill" person. If I can find a way to do this without the pills that would be like Christmas to me!!

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Similarly to serenemom71, I have been on Nexium for years and take it twice a day b/c my GERD is severe as well. I usually take my first 40mg pill in the morning before breakfast. I take it right when I wake up and approx. 1 hr before I eat. I take my second 40mg pill any where from 7pm-9pm at night.

I have to be very careful of triggering foods/drinks, so I stear clear of sodas, coffee, tomato's, chocolate, mint (even mint gum), really sweet things that have lots of sugar/butter - like butter/sugar cookies, raw onions, juices (especially orange juice, pineapple juice, lemonade), fried foods, really garlicy foods, alcohol, wine, ketchup, etc. I don't even put sauce on my spaghetti. Sometimes when I feel like I really need a caffeine boost, I'll drink Crystal Light Energy in about 16-18oz. of water. This does somewhat trigger the acid reflux, but much less than other forms of caffeine b/c it's diluted by so much water, and I only drink it with food. Never alone. I have really had to revise my diet, and avoiding trigger foods make a huge difference!

If I need any supplemental help for the pain, if I have eaten something a little triggering, I'll eat a Rolaids Chew - Cherry flavor. I feel like they help me better than tums, and I don't leave home without them. I think if you take your nexium about an hour before eating, then it's most effective. I have gained weight while taking Nexium, but I don't attribute it to the medicine....other life influences. I don't find that taking it has any effect on my hunger either. Another thing that I've done is try not to sleep on my back, I feel the pain is worse at night when I do. So I'll sleep on my side usually (My doctor says laying on your LEFT side helps the most with pain at night). And don't lie down within at least an hour after eating. Give the food time to digest into the intestines first. I would also quit smoking if that is something you do. Smoking just triggers it more. Another trigger can be working out where movements can thrust your stomach upward, such as crunches. So just use movements that aren't harsh on your stomach area. Luckily there are endless exercises that can work each muscle group, so just experiment with what works for you. And avoid clothes that fit too tight in the waist and create pressure.

The only real side effect I notice is that taking Nexium makes me have more gas than normal, as well as have more frequent bowel movements. I'm regular, but I found that I have to go more often than I do without the medicine.

I have done Baruim swallow/upper GI testing/X-ray of upper digestive system testing, as well as an Upper Endoscopy (scope) down my throat to rule out common causes. The doctors still haven't found a reasonable explanation for what's causing all the pain, besides that my stomach is shaped like an "L" and that is abnormal, and that my esophagus is smooth instead of having striations in it. I wish you the best with Nexium easing your pain.

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Hi! I've taken Nexium for years. I take it twice a day because my GERD is so bad. I take it about 1 hour before meals ( if I remember). Often it is less and I do OK. I haven't had the weight gain or the hunger as side effects from the drug - but that doesn't mean that you won't have them. Taking the drug during the morning is meant to reduce the acid you may be producing during the day.

You may want to check with your doctor's nurse to see if it would be OK to take it at night or before your evening meal. Do you have a lot of reflux during the day? Or a lot of pain?

To me it is amazing how drugs interact with each of us so differently. I hope that you can figure out how to take Nexium the best way that works for you.

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I have been taking nexium for years and have had a real hard time with weight loss which I contribute to this drug.Even though they do not list that as a side affect. I have been told by my doctor to take this drug in the morning before any meals to be most effective. I have a friend of mine who just now is experiencing trouble and they have told her to take it at night before bed I will ask her if she wakes up hungry. I do know what you mean about the hunger thing but I found that if I waited thirty min in the morning after taking it to eat and making sure I had protein for breakfast it has helped.


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Thanks for sharing



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I just started taking Nexium myself. I take mine one hour before the evening meal. Because it is my biggest meal. and close to bedtime when I have trouble. Hope this helps. Nancy



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I just started taking nexium last week I started taking it 15 minutes before I ate as the pharmacist suggested and I had no problems with being hungry. the package also said I could take it with food,so I tried it to and found no difference. I have found though that I feel alot better and so far I have not had any stomach problems.


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I haven't used this drug, but by reading the notes my understanding is that Nexium should be taken at least an hour before food. Below is a link to WebMD www.webmd.com/drugs/drug-20536-Nexium+Oral
.aspx?drugid=20536&drugname=Nexium+Ora
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and the Mayo Clinic www.mayoclinic.com/health/drug-information
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re the side-effects, and from there you will be able to go on to other information regarding it. I hope it helps you.

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I have been wondering what time of day to take the Nexium, morning or evening? I feel like I take in the morning then I am hungry all day. Its like my stomach is empty. I wanted to see if anyone felt the same way and takes Nexium at night, what kind of results they experience from taking at night? Is it better or do you wake up hungry?
Does anyone gain water weight from it?

Thank you for any help,
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