Treatments That Are Easy to Swallow
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Medications used to treat heartburn are available in various oral dosage forms, including liquids, tablets, gelcaps and chewables.
Check the package label for each specific product to determine whether the medication can be given to children without consulting a physician. Some medications may be appropriate, but the daily dosage will differ from that of an adult. Over-the-counter PPIs are not for use in children younger than 18 years of age.
Antacids (Alka-Seltzer®, Tums®) relieve heartburn, sour stomach and acid indigestion. Bismuth subsalicylate (Pepto-Bismol®) relieves upset stomach, indigestion, nausea, heartburn and diarrhea (for ages 12 years and up).
*Alka-Seltzer® is a registered trademark of Bayer HealthCare LLC. Tums® is a registered trademark of GlaxoSmithKline. Pepto-Bismol® is a registered trademark of Procter & Gamble.
Over-the-counter PPIs such as Pepcid® AC treat frequent heartburn (occurs 2 or more days a week). They are not intended for immediate relief and should be taken for 14 days. They can start working on Day 1 and may take up to 4 days for full effect.
*Pepcid® AC is a registered trademark of Johnson & Johnson-Merck Consumer Pharmaceuticals Co.
Antacids (Mylanta®, Rolaids®) neutralize existing stomach acid through basic chemical reaction. Bismuth subsalicylate (Pepto-Bismol®) coats the esophagus and acts as a barrier to refluxed gastric acid contents.
H2 blockers (TagametHB®, Zantac75®) partially block production of acid in stomach cells by inhibiting the action of histamine, a substance that stimulates the secretion of stomach acid.
*Mylanta® is a registered trademark of Johnson & Johnson-Merck Consumer Pharmaceuticals Co. Rolaids® is a registered trademark of McNEIL-PPC, Inc. Pepto-Bismol® is a registered trademark of Procter & Gamble. Tagamet HB® is a registered trademark of GlaxoSmithKline, Inc. Zantac 75® is a registered trademark of Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
The proton pump inhibitor (PPI) Prilosec OTC® is the leading over-the-counter medication indicated specifically treatment of frequent heartburn. PPIs (Prilosec OTC®, Prevacid 24HR®, Zegerid OTC®) shut down many of the acid pumps in the cells of the stomach, leaving enough acid for normal digestion of food. Prilosec OTC® can provide 24-hour treatment of frequent heartburn with one pill a day when taken as directed for 14 days.
Some painkillers can actually trigger heartburn. Here’s what you need to know about nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
The last thing you want is to take a pain reliever for one thing and have it cause pain elsewhere. Unfortunately, that may happen if you take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) regularly.
NSAIDs such as aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen sodium may produce a number of side effects, including heartburn, abdominal pain and, in some cases, ulcers. Individuals who take an occasional or low dose of NSAIDs are not as likely to experience these side effects, but those who take higher doses for longer periods of time as well as users older than 60 are more prone to such side effects.
If your doctor has you on an aspirin regimen but you are experiencing frequent heartburn, pain and/or other adverse effects, tell your doctor, and check to see if changes can be made to your treatment plan.
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. 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.