How Much Time Needs To Elapse After Eating To Take Nexium?

Question

Asked by Sherry

How Much Time Needs To Elapse After Eating To Take Nexium?

I have been taking Nexium several years -- 40 mg. per day. The instructions say to take the medication 1 hour before or 2 - 3 hours after a meal. There have been times when I find it difficult to avoid eating for 2 - 3 hours before taking Nexium and allowing an hour before I eat again. How necessary is this? Would Nexium still work if unable to keep to those time structures? In other words, can there be some flexibility?

Answer

Nexium is a drug taken to suppress the acidity in the stomach and intestines, and should be taken on an empty stomach.

The reason for this is that there have been shown to be differences in the amount of drug available to the body if it was taken with food.   What is interesting to note is that despite this, other studies do not really show a difference in the amount of acid suppression (the main reason the drug is taken in the first place) when it is taken with food.

For more information you can read this article on Acid reflux medications

Answered by Allen Blaivas, D.O.