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Solutions, treatments for heartburn
July 6, 2009 (WLS) -- On average, more than 60 million Americans get heartburn at least once a month -- the same number of people who suffer from the common cold.
And there are different ways you should be treating your heartburn.
Q: What are the causes?
A: Weight Gain, Stress, Overeating, Fatty/Spicy/Acidic Foods, Alcohol, Smoking)
Antacids: best for occasional heartburn, provide rapid but short-term relief.
The second group of over-the-counter option is called h2 blockers. How are these different? Who should be taking these?
H2 blockers (acid reducers): Decrease acid production, last 6 -12 hrs, can take 1 hr before symptoms.
Finally, if you have more frequent heartburn, which is defined as more than two days a week, should you be taking something different?
Proton pump inhibitors: significantly inhibit acid production, best for frequent heartburn, can provide 24hr treatment with one pill)
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