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What is the best OTC to take for heartburn/acid reflux?

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Dr. Theresa Henderson
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
1 doctor agrees

In brief: There is no best

Prevacid, Prilosec, Nexium, (esomeprazole) Zantac, and Tagamet are all over the counter and all good but what is good for you depends on your particular make-up and situation.
First get a proper diagnosis and reason you are having the problem you have. Don't eat spicy or fatty foods and don't eat/drink within 3 hours of bedtime. Do not lay flat. See your MD 1st before starting any medication to avoid problems.

In brief: There is no best

Prevacid, Prilosec, Nexium, (esomeprazole) Zantac, and Tagamet are all over the counter and all good but what is good for you depends on your particular make-up and situation.
First get a proper diagnosis and reason you are having the problem you have. Don't eat spicy or fatty foods and don't eat/drink within 3 hours of bedtime. Do not lay flat. See your MD 1st before starting any medication to avoid problems.
Dr. Theresa Henderson
Dr. Theresa Henderson
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Dr. Anastasia Shnitser
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: OTC PPI

There are several OTC medications currently available, they are either in PPI or H2 blocker category.
The ones in PPI category are: Nexium, (esomeprazole) Prevacid and Prilosec and they are similar. Take one pill once a day 30min before meals.

In brief: OTC PPI

There are several OTC medications currently available, they are either in PPI or H2 blocker category.
The ones in PPI category are: Nexium, (esomeprazole) Prevacid and Prilosec and they are similar. Take one pill once a day 30min before meals.
Dr. Anastasia Shnitser
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Dr. Martin Fried
General Practice
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Best

Start slowly and advance.
I would start with tums (calcium carbonate) because they are relatively safe, and have few side effects and provide calcium. Its probably the least expensive. Consider the cause for the reflux and try to treat the underlying cause, such as diet, alcohol, stress and lifestyle.

In brief: Best

Start slowly and advance.
I would start with tums (calcium carbonate) because they are relatively safe, and have few side effects and provide calcium. Its probably the least expensive. Consider the cause for the reflux and try to treat the underlying cause, such as diet, alcohol, stress and lifestyle.
Dr. Martin Fried
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