Can proton pump inhibitors interfere with nutrient absorption?
• Q: Can proton pump inhibitors (Lomex-T) interfere with or reduce/block absorption of any nutrient? How far apart from the drug must nutrients be taken? And will this time lapse allow for the fullest possible absorption? • A: Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are a group of drugs whose main action is a pronounced and long-lasting reduction of gastric acid production. They are the most potent inhibitors of acid secretion available today. The medication you are taking, Lomex-T (omeprazole), is manufactured by Actavis. It is recommended that this medication be taken whole once daily in the morning with half a glass of water. As with most medications, best results are obtained either one hour before or two hours after food. More information may be obtained at the Web site: http://www.everydayhealth.com/drugs/omeprazole. I could find no indications of blocked or reduced absorption of nutrients by this medication.