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Managing Heartburn

First, try over-the-counter medications along with lifestyle changes: 

  • Don't lie down for 3 hrs after eating.
  • Avoid foods, drinks or medicines that aggravate heartburn, such as fried or fatty foods, chocolate, coffee, sodas, citrus fruits, tomato products and alcohol.
  • Eat smaller portions at mealtimes.
  • Wear loose fitting clothing.
  • Maintain a normal body weight.
  • Stop smoking.

If over-the-counter medicines and lifestyle changes don't eliminate your heartburn, see your doctor.  There are now several prescription medicines that may help.  These are generally in 2 classes:

  • H2 Receptor Antagonists - these decrease the flow of stomach acid.
  • Proton Pump Inhibitors - these decrease the flow of stomach acid to a greater degree.

For more information, check out Dr. Donnica's Women's Health Resources for Gastrointestinal Disorders.

Created: 2/25/2001  -  Donnica Moore, M.D.

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