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Heartburn Treatment

Medications Used in Heartburn Treatment

As part of treating heartburn, your doctor may recommend over-the-counter medicine. If your heartburn is severe, you may need prescription medications that lower the amount of acid produced by your stomach. For people with occasional heartburn, taking antacids after meals and at bedtime can be helpful.
In some people, it's actually other medications they are already taking that are causing the problem. In some cases, you may be able to stop taking such a medication. However, this depends on what the medication is and why you need to take it. For these reasons, you should discuss your situation with your doctor before stopping any drug.
(Click Heartburn Medicine to learn more about specific heartburn medications.)

Treatment for Severe Heartburn

If you experience heartburn two or more times a week, or if over-the-counter antacids work only temporarily or not at all, you may have gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD for short. If you think you have GERD, talk to your healthcare provider. There are specific GERD treatments available. For most people, these treatments are quite successful in relieving heartburn symptoms.

A Summary of Heartburn Treatment

While having heartburn can be uncomfortable, it's rarely life threatening. Even so, the symptoms of heartburn can significantly reduce the quality of your life. Therefore, the heartburn treatment you choose will depend on how frequent and how serious your symptoms are and how much they interfere with your life. Most people are able to find some combination of lifestyle changes and medications that they can use for short- and long-term control of their symptoms.

Heartburn Information

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