13 Questions to Ask Your Health-Care Professional About Your Treatment
Take this list with you to your appointment
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When talking with your health-care professional about your heartburn, ask the following questions:
1. Are there lifestyle changes—diet, exercise, stress, weight, smoking—that I can make that might reduce my risk of getting heartburn?
2. What is the name of the heartburn medication you are recommending, and what is the active ingredient?
3. Is this medication for episodic, frequent or severe heartburn?
4. How and when should I take this medication?
5. How long should I take this medication?
6. Is this medication available over the counter (OTC) or by prescription only?
7. How does the OTC treatment options compare to prescription treatment options for my condition?
8. How does OTC medication compare in cost with prescription medication? [Cost Comparison Disclaimer: PPIs are not interchangeable. Prescription PPIs and OTC PPIs may differ in dose, duration, efficacy, and directions for use. Prilosec OTC contains omeprazole-Mg 20.6 mg, equivalent to omeprazole 20 mg, which is the leading dose strength for prescription omeprazole (Prilosec).]
9. What are the most frequent side effects of this medication?
10. Could this medication interact with other drugs I am taking?
11. What should I do if I miss a dose?
12. Should I be aware of any other information about this medication?
13. What should I do if my heartburn comes back or my symptoms are not relieved while I’m taking this medication?
The material in this site is intended to be of general informational use and is not intended to constitute medical advice, probable diagnosis or recommended treatments. OTC PPIs are only indicated for treatment of frequent heartburn. For severe heartburn or heartburn that persists after trying over-the-counter treatment or lifestyle modifications, visit your doctor to determine the right treatment for you. See the Terms and Conditions for more information.
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