A member asked:

Had acid reflux about 2 wks ago. gastro said it was gerd. on and off for 2 wks. doctor prescribed 40 mg each ppi before breakfast and before dinner for 2 wks, but symtoms still come and go after taking it for a couple of days. does ppi work immediately? i

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Dr. James Blachly answered

Specializes in Medical Oncology

PPI delayed; H2 fast: PPIs do not usually work immediately and can take several days to a week in the worst case. H2 blockers like Pepcid and Zantac (ranitidine) work much more quickly, within hours. Both of these decrease production of new acid. For immediate relief you need chemical neutralization of existing acid with e.g. Pepto-Bismol or Mylanta/Maalox.

Answered 9/17/2015



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