Did you know?
Heartburn is actually a symptom of GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), and is caused by acid refluxing back into the esophagus. Risk factors include those that increase the production of acid in the stomach, as well as structural problems that allow acid reflux into the esophagus.
What medicine do you take for heartburn?
The FDA has approved the proton pump inhibitors Prevacid 24HR, Prilosec OTC, Nexium 24HR, and Zegerid OTC for over-the-counter use to treat frequent heartburn (two or more times per week) for 14 days. All of these drugs are also available as prescriptions.
The PPI also works better. Some people also take an antacid or an H2-blocker. H2-blockers are medicines like famotidine (Pepcid), cimetidine (Tagamet), ranitidine (Zantac), or nizatidine (Axid).