3 doctors weighed in:
I have really bad heartburn what can I do?Help
3 doctors weighed in

Dr. Michael Shim
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Several things
Dont eat within 4 hours of lying down.
Avoid chocolate, citrus, caffeine, fatty foods, peppermint, tight upper clothing. Meds to try: Prilosec otc daily with as needed Tums (calcium carbonate) for breakthrough symptoms.

In brief: Several things
Dont eat within 4 hours of lying down.
Avoid chocolate, citrus, caffeine, fatty foods, peppermint, tight upper clothing. Meds to try: Prilosec otc daily with as needed Tums (calcium carbonate) for breakthrough symptoms.
Dr. Michael Shim
Dr. Michael Shim
Thank
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
In brief: Heartburn options
Elevate head of bed, avoid tight clothes that cinch the abdomen, avoid meals late at night, wait at least 3 hrs after a meal to lie down, eat smaller meals, maintain a healthy body weight, avoid smoking, avoid alcohol, coffee, tea, caffeine & carbonated beverages.
Try acupuncture, hypnosis, ginger tea, relaxation exercises. See if specific foods are triggers such as chocolate, corn, fried foods,

In brief: Heartburn options
Elevate head of bed, avoid tight clothes that cinch the abdomen, avoid meals late at night, wait at least 3 hrs after a meal to lie down, eat smaller meals, maintain a healthy body weight, avoid smoking, avoid alcohol, coffee, tea, caffeine & carbonated beverages.
Try acupuncture, hypnosis, ginger tea, relaxation exercises. See if specific foods are triggers such as chocolate, corn, fried foods,
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Thank
1 comment
Dr. Heidi Fowler
dairy, fatty food, potato chips, creamy or oily dressings, marbled sirloin, high fat bakery items, raw onions, tomatoes, potatoes, spearmint, & peppermint. Orange, cranberry or grapefruit juice & lemons or lemonade can be problematic. See if any specific spices bother you. Medications such as antacids, Proton pump inhibitors or H-2- receptor antagonists may help.
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Board Certified, Neurology
48 years in practice
55M people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors