If you take proton pump inhibitors for reflux the timing of the medication is quite important. Nexium (esomeprazole) is a commonly prescribed medication. To get the best result you should take the medication just before meal time. The reason for this is:-
- The medication works on inhibiting acid producing cells in the stomach
- Between meals only about 5 % of the cells are active and become secretory with the ingestion of food.
- By taking medication before meal you ensure you get maximal effect on the acid secreting cells with they are the most active during the meal.
If you take the medication during the more dormant phase you may experience less effect of the drugs and they may seem ineffective.
This simple tip may help you get the results you are looking for and save you hunting around trying different drugs.
However, if problems persist keep investigating and consult your treating physician