Antacids work quickly, by neutralizing the acid in your stomach, but last for only 1-3 hours after use. PPIs (proton pump inhibitors), like Nexium® 24HR, treat frequent heartburn by blocking the production of stomach acid. PPIs may take 1-4 days for full effect, but relief lasts for 24 hours.
Can I take Nexium in the evening?
Thank you for your question! Instructions recommend taking Nexium before eating because the medication is absorbed much better if taken on an empty stomach. If you would prefer to take it in the evening before bed, just make sure that you haven't eaten within an hour or two of taking the medication.
What are the side effects of long term use of Nexium?
Chronic (lasting a long time) inflammation of the stomach lining (Atrophic Gastritis). Using NEXIUM for a long period of time may increase the risk of inflammation to your stomach lining. You may or may not have symptoms. Tell your doctor if you have stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, or weight loss.