72014Dec

Study Examines Importance of Taking PPIs Before Breakfast

A new study looked at drugs known as proton pump inhibitors.  Proton pump inhibitors work to reduce the amount of acid produced in the stomach and treat symptoms of acid reflux.  Proton pump inhibitors do not provide immediate relief.  Proton pump inhibitors require about 7 days of continuous use to take effect.

New research shows that many people who take acid-reducing medications at the right time.  Acid-reducing medications such as Nexium, Prilosec, and Prevacid are available to be bought over the counter.  Around one-third of those who buy over the counter acid reducing medication use them correctly comparted to about half of those who are prescribed acid reducing medication by a primary care physician.  Seven out of 10 people who are prescribed an acid reducing medication by a gastroenterologist take it properly, according to the study.

Labels on the acid reducing medications instruct the user to take the medication before breakfast.  The drugs are activated once they are in the body and food is consumed.  If you do not take the medication as directed they will not work as effectively.  Many people are taking these medications but they are not taking them as directed so they are getting relief of their symptoms.

Reference:
1.  “Take Heartburn Medicines Before Breakfast.”  WebMD.  HealthDay.  June 11, 2014.  Web 6 Dec 2014.