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Choose the Correct Heartburn Medication Wisely

Jun 14, 2008
Acid indigestion, or acid reflux, creates a burning sensation in the chest. More commonly referred to as heartburn, it affects almost everyone at least once in their lives, most on an infrequent basis. Fortunately, there are several forms of heartburn medication available.

Occasional heartburn is not unusual, especially after eating an overly large meal or one with a lot of spices and acids. Many heartburn medications can be purchased at your local pharmacy and includes such names as Tums, Pepto-Bismol, Maalox and Rolaids, among others, along with generic choices.

These medications give your stomach short term relief and you should find one that taste pleasant for you. If, after taking this heartburn medication for up to two weeks there are still symptoms of heartburn, a physician should be consulted.

Stronger Medication for Severe Cases

Stronger medication is often called H2 blockers and prevents the stomach from generating as much stomach acid. H2 blockers do take some time before they bring relief. However, this is one heartburn medication which can be taken with antacids for immediate and longer relief. Never exceed two doses of an H2 blocker within a 24-hour period.

Brand names of such medications include Pepcid-AC, Tagamet HB and Zantac 75. These can be bought over-the-counter with stronger versions available by prescription. Their use should not exceed two weeks unless under a doctor's supervision.

A different type of stomach medication is a Proton pump, stopping most of acid created in the stomach It is sold under various brand names as well as generic equivalents and there are over-the-counter versions as well as stronger doses available by prescription.

Prilosec and Pravicid are two of the better-known brands of heartburn medication and generic versions are available as well. The use of proton pump inhibitors should be with caution as they may cause too little acid production, which could interfere with proper digestion. If you are taking other medications, a Proton pump may interfer an therefore create a reaction, so as a precaution, medical advice should be sought.

Persistent and sever cases of heartburn could be signs of other, more serious medical problems.
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