Proton Pump Inhibitors – Timing Is Important


ppi timing important

I don’t know about you, but I cannot go without breakfast – I have to eat something, and since taking my heartburn / acid reflux seriously, it’s usually porridge with a little bit of fruit. I haven’t, however, ever thought about taking proton pump inhibitors ( PPI’s ) – the standard fare of long term heartburn / acid reflux sufferers – early in the morning ( I have, on Doctor’s orders, been taking them before my evening meal).

Well, The American Journal of Gastroenterology has recently conducted a study to determine how people take their PPI’s, and found that a significant number were not taking them in accordance with instructions, or were not being properly advised. The most effective time to take this drug, apparently, is about 1/2 hour before meals, and were best taken before breakfast.

Proton Pump Inhibitors

As these drugs respond to the production of acid by your stomach, it’s best to eat something that causes your stomach to make acid, such as protein, an egg, a piece of cheese, yogurt. For those who hate breakfast, it’s advised to drink a glass of milk or at least a cup of coffee.

More details of the study can be found here.

For more on PPI’s, check out this post here.

What is your experience of taking PPI medication? Please let us know below.

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