Reducing The Pain From Heartburn

Many of us have that favorite meal that leaves us with an unpleasant burning sensation in our chest called heartburn.

But there are some options out there to help ease the pain.

Heartburn occurs when stomach acid moves up to the esophagus.

Lifestyle changes like not smoking, losing weight, and reducing the amount of spicy and fatty foods can help lower your risk of heartburn.

If that doesn’t help, there are three types of over-the-counter medications you can take.

For longer-lasting relief, pharmacists recommend h-2 receptor antagonist medications, also called h-2 blockers — although they might take two hours to ease the pain or discomfort.

If you’re still having heartburn episodes after more than 2 weeks, proton pump inhibitors might help.

If the pain is severe or won’t go away, seek immediate help because it could be a symptom of something worse.

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