The Best Heartburn Medicine for Acid Reflux

Acid reflux occurs when stomach acid and other stomach contents back up into the esophagus

Symptoms include:

• Heartburn • Sour taste • Regurgitation • Indigestion • Difficulty swallowing • Sore throat • Dry cough

For instant relief from acid reflux, try an antiacid such as:

• Alka-Seltzer • Gelusil • Maalox • Mylanta • Pepto-Bismol • Rolaids • Tums

For stronger relief, try an H2 blocker such as:

• Cimetidine       (Tagamet HB) • Famotidine      (Calmicid, Fluxid,     Pepcid AC) • Nizatidine       (Axid, Axid AR)

Proton pump inhibitors can be used when H2 blockers aren’t helping. Common PPIs include:

• Lansoprazole    (Prevacid 24HR) • Omeprazole (Losec,   Omesec, Prilosec OTC) • Omeprazole with sodium    bicarbonate (Zegerid) • Esomeprazole (Nexium)

If you need to take PPIs for more than 14 days, you should consult with your doctor

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