how long for PPI to kick in

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Date Joined Jul 2008
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   Posted 7/11/2008 5:02 PM (GMT -6)   
hi yah
i went to my spec, i am having a adominal cat scan on monday and blood tests/stool tests..........i had a endescope thing couple years back and it showed no hernias, or anything so he may not do anther one as yet...........
anyway i have started on a PPI protonix or something i think its a generic form not sure cant be bother going to find the box....
anyway how long does it take to kick in i took my first one this morning had breaky and still feel acidity.
im hopin they will give me relief until i get the tests results back and find out it it is just gerd. then i will be on a mission to find something that actually fixes the underlling cause..........he dosnt seem to think at this stage that it is my gallbladder,,,,,,but  i may need more testing yet.
anyway im sure i read somewhere tht if you have no results in a week from a PPI then to change meds?
oh does the gerd give a horrible coating yellowish white on your tounge? its icky but not smelly thank goodness...brushes clean of.............i no its not from candida or whatever as i have alreaady dealt to those litttle ^(^^$$#@@$% and they are gone!! but i no that they love acid so need to get my tummy backunder control

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   Posted 7/13/2008 6:25 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello there,

This is Kitt. Proton pump inhibitors will typically cause reduction of acid and improvement in symptoms of heartburn within 24 hours. If there is esophagitis present, it will take a longer period of time for symptoms to improve. If there is no improvement after a week of therapy, you should check with your doctor.

I hope this helps you. :-)

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   Posted 7/14/2008 6:43 AM (GMT -6)   
When I started on Prilosec, it took a full 3 days before it became effective. But I agree that if you aren't seeing any improvement by the end of a week, then you should contact your doctor.
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