Dr. Tom Miller goes through what is available to prevent and relieve heartburn.">

Aug 9, 2017 — If you have frequent or chronic heartburn, you know how uncomfortable it can be. On today's Health Minute, Dr. Tom Miller goes through what is available to prevent and relieve heartburn.


Announcer: The Health Minute, produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: If you have heartburn what treatments are available? Dr. Tom Miller, what do you recommend for your patients?

Dr. Miller: First and foremost don't eat the foods that cause heartburn and second thing is if you're overweight, lose weight, that'll help. But for intermittent heartburn there are over the counter medications that rapidly counteract symptoms by reducing acid in the stomach. In the old days people used to take baking soda but there are other things now. So ask your pharmacist about which tablets and liquids are the best antacids for you.

And there are also medications out there, the block acid production, such as Ranitidine and they're effective when taken before a meal. And so you can plan ahead to have that big spicy Indian meal, if you want. There's also a very potent acid reducer on the market that you can buy over the counter that blocks acid production for up to two weeks. It's taken on a daily basis. If you need something beyond that time, you should probably see your physician and get a prescription.

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