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How do heartburn medications work?

How do heartburn medications work?

Various methods: Simple antacids change the ph of the stomach contents making it less acid. Drugs histamine-2 blockers (pepcid) or proton pump inhibitors (prevacid) reduce acid by different mechanisms. Antiacids work quicker and "rebound" can occur and the heartburn can come back. ...Read more

Dr. Charles Cattano
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Heartburn (Definition)

When acid and peptic juices reflux into the esophagus, one might have the sensation of burning or pain under the breast bone. It can radiate up to the throat and down to the region of the solar plexus. Some may describe it as bad 'indigestion' and others may feel like they are ...Read more


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How much heartburn does it take to ruin your body? Or there's no such thing? Does heartburn case deadly issues?

How much heartburn does it take to ruin your body? Or there's no such thing? Does heartburn case deadly issues?

Heartburn/GERD.: Well, heartburn due to GERD can lead to Barrett's esophagus, which is a pre-cancerous condition that can certainly become cancer if not sought out. This is why people with heartburn/GERD/hiatal hernia need surveillance endoscopies. ...Read more

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How does heartburn relate to digestive health?

How does heartburn relate to digestive health?

Esophageal reflux: Heartburnnis the most prevalent symptom in gastroesophageal reflux disease (gerd). Untreated this can lead to esophageal injury and ultimately esophageal cancer. ...Read more

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How when heartburn, nausea, vomiting, bloated, before pms is it normal?

How when heartburn, nausea, vomiting, bloated, before pms is it normal?

Nauseau and bloating: yes. Vomiting is not something I have heard. Overall your body becomes more sensitive to heat and cold. I would check with your primary care about the vomiting and or obgyn. I see you are male, ask the female in question to do this please. Thank you. ...Read more

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How to stop heartburn once you have it?

How to stop heartburn once you have it?

Antacid: For acute attack, antacids may help, by neutralizing the acidic content. For chronic, see md. Diet and lifestyle imporrtant part of rx. Make sure not cardiac cause, if any risk factors for heart disease. Otc drugs like Pepcid ac, Prilosec otc may help acute if recurrent or constant must see md to make sure not more serious causes. Avoid tobacco, alcohol, fried, coffee, spicy, acidy, lying down. ...Read more

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How to stop heartburn?

Antacids: Antacids will neutralize acid the quickest, assuming truly heartburn from ge reflux and not , say, cardiac pain which can mimic. See md. Avoid fried, greasy, fatty foods, large meals, acidic foods, tobacco, alcohol, mints, carbonated beverages, chocolate. Don't eat for 2-3 h before bed, or lie down for 2-3h after eating. Otc ppis or h2 blockers can help. Still have sx, or frequent, see md. ...Read more

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How to cure heartburn?

How to cure heartburn?

Control-yes. Cure?: Heartburn (gerd) is a pain! many reasons for it. Usually obese, poor diet and lifestyle, but many are thin, eat properly and it is there. Avoiding fatty meals, alcohol, spices to some extent, avoiding eating or drinking after 6 P.M., elevating the head of bed 6-8 inches, taking antacids, alginates, h-2 blockers like pepcid, etc, prilosec, etc may help. May need surgery to cure. See pcp/gi doc. ...Read more

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How common is heartburn? Is it something I should be worried about?

Very Common: If you have tried any of the OTC med - Prilosec, Nexium, Zantac, Ranitidine... and still have no relief, see you doctor. You may need to have an EGD. ...Read more

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How long does heartburn usually last?

At a time?: Episodes can last seconds to hours, depending on cause and level of inflammation, diet, position. Antacid may give relief within minutes. If underlying issue, may continue to have heartburn occasionally or continually for months or longer (not advised-see md). If risk for heart disease, be aware that can mimic. Decrease coffee, tobacco, alcohol, fried, spicy, fatty foods, mints, citrus, big meals. ...Read more

Dr. Angelina Postoev
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Indigestion (Definition)

Indigestion is also known as Heartburn. Indigestion is a feeling of discomfort in the upper belly (abdomen) during or right after a meal. It may present as a feeling of uncomfortable ...Read more