Heartburn is also known as Acid Reflux Disease.
Symptoms may include:
- Burning sensation in the chest.
- Sour or bitter taste in your mouth or back of the throat.
- Difficulty when swallowing.
- Chest pain (usually not related to the heart).
Heartburn symptoms may be diminished or prevented by doing the following:
- Stop or decrease smoking.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Reduce or avoid stress.
- Reduce your intake (eating) of certain foods such as those high in fat, spicy foods, citrus (acid) fruits, alcohol, drinks that contain caffeine, and carbonated drinks (sodas).
You can also control the occurrence of heartburn symptoms by taking:
- Antacids. These help to neutralize the acid in the stomach, therefore providing a fast relief. Examples of antacids include Tums and Rolaids and are typically found at your local grocery store or pharmacy.
- Your doctor if necessary may also prescribe H2 Blockers. H2 Blockers help reduce the production of acid in the stomach and also may help avoid damage to the esophagus by the acid reflux from your stomach. Examples of H2 Blockers include Pepcid, Nexium, Tagamet, Axid, and Zantac.
- A third choice of treatment if Proton Pump Inhibitors. Their purpose is to turn off the “acid pumps” located in the acid producing cells in your stomach. Proton Pump Inhibitors are only available with a doctor’s prescription. Examples of Proton Pump Inhibitors include Zegerid, Prevacid, Dexilant, Prilosec and Zegerid.
Just keep in mind to consult your physician before using any of the forms of treatment for heartburn.