Over-the-counter heartburn medicines such as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), H2s and antacids are a great way to manage minor symptoms and provide temporary relief. However, since symptoms are masked with these medications and do not address the underlying cause of heartburn and reflux, the damage from acid reflux can go unnoticed until it’s too late!
Proton Pump Inhibitor
Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are an antacid medication commonly taken by adults for a range of health conditions. New research suggests that adults using the drug are 16-21% more likely to have a heart attack than people not using the antacid. The research conducted on PPIs have shown significant and adverse health effects from overuse and long-term use. Learn more about the severe health effects of different acid reflux medication in our article titled “Antacid Medication Casing Heart Attacks”.
H2 blockers (also sometimes referred to as acid reducers or H2 receptor antagonists) are available in nonprescription and prescription forms. Prescription forms are stronger than the nonprescription forms.
H2 blockers are usually taken by mouth, although some can also be given as an injection. Two doses (morning and evening) are typically recommended to control both daytime and nighttime symptoms. Doctors sometimes recommend a single dose, taken at bedtime, for people who have difficulty remembering to take their medicines.
Antacids, or acid reducers, decrease the amount of acid produced by the stomach. They help relieve heartburn. There are several types of nonprescription acid reducers on the market. Examples include H2 blockers (such as famotidine and ranitidine) and proton pump inhibitors (such as lansoprazole and omeprazole). Each has slightly different cautions for use. Read and carefully follow the instructions slideshow.gif included with the package.
Chronic heartburn and reflux could be signs of a more serious problem, such as a Hiatal Hernia or Barrett’s Esophagus. Our Specialiats are esteemed Acid Reflux specialists specializing in advanced laparoscopic procedures.
If you have chronic heartburn or acid reflux symptoms, seek professional medical advice from our specialists. Acid Reflux is a treatable, preventable disease and should be examined by an acid reflux specialist. Control your symptoms; take back your life!