Common Questions About Heartburn Treatments

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If you have experienced chronic heartburn, your doctor may have prescribed one of the following treatment options. Some are medication, which your doctor may try if dietary changes and lifestyle modification don't work well enough. Another treatment option may be surgery. You will probably have some questions about these treatment options, and you'll find answers in the resources below.

No Medication Treatments

What are some non-medical treatments for GERD?

There are ways to treat GERD that doesn't involve the use of medications.

Can changes in diet stop pregnancy heartburn?

For many women, even if they never experience heartburn before, may suffer from it while pregnant. There are ways to reduce your chances of experiencing heartburn by modifying your diet.

Besides making changes to my diet, how can I prevent heartburn during pregnancy?

For many women, even if they never experience heartburn before, will suffer from it while pregnant. There are ways to reduce your chances of experiencing heartburn by making changes in your lifestyle, including how and when you sleep.

Will Chewing Gum Relieve My Heartburn?

Can chewing gum or sucking on hard candy really relieve your heartburn?

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Home Remedies

14 Easy Home Remedies for Heartburn

Millions of people will suffer from heartburn. For some individuals, the episodes only occur occasionally, perhaps once a month.

For others, heartburn can become chronic, occurring two or more times a week. There are treatment options available, but for many people, they prefer to use a natural, home remedy to treat their heartburn.

Can Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice Relieve Heartburn?

Deglycyrrhizinated licorice has been used by some people to relieve heartburn.

But does it really work?

Can a Spoonful of Baking Soda Stop Heartburn?

Can baking soda stop heartburn? Are there other ways of relieving heartburn?

Can a Swig of Apple Cider Vinegar Relieve Heartburn?

Can using apple cider vinegar help relieve heartburn? Does it do more harm than good?

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Antacids

When Do I Need an Antacid?

You know the feeling: Faced with many of your favorite dishes and beverages, you overindulged. Now you are facing the consequences: Heartburn.

Will an antacid cure my heartburn?

Antacids and H2 blockers can help ease heartburn, but in different ways.

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Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs)

How Do Proton Pump Inhibitors Work?

Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) are sometimes used in the treatment of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). How do PPIs work?

What Are the Uses of PPIs?

Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) are a group of medications that decrease the amount of acid in the stomach and intestines. When should they be used?

How Are Proton Pump Inhibitors Different from H2 Blockers?

Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) are a group of medications that decrease the amount of acid in the stomach and intestines. H2 blockers are also used for GERD treatment. How are PPIs different from H2 blockers?

Are There Differences Between Proton Pump Inhibitors?

Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) are a group of medications that decrease the amount of acid in the stomach and intestines. Not all PPIs, however, are the same.

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H2 Blockers

How Do H2 Blockers Work?

H2 blockers, also called H2-receptor antagonists, are medicines that reduce the amount of acid the stomach produces by blocking one important producer of acid: histamine2. How do H2 blockers work?

What Are H2 Blockers Used For?

H2 blockers, also called H2-receptor antagonists, are medicines that reduce the amount of acid the stomach produces by blocking one important producer of acid -- histamine2. H2 blockers are used in the treatment of various gastric disorders.

Are There Differences Between H2 Blockers?

H2 blockers, also called H2-receptor antagonists, are medicines that reduce the amount of acid the stomach produces by blocking one important producer of acid -- histamine2. There are, however, differences between H2 blockers.

How Are H2 Blockers Different from Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs)?

H2 blockers, also called H2-receptor antagonists, are medicines that reduce the amount of acid the stomach produces by blocking one important producer of acid: histamine2. H2 blockers do not work the same way as proton pump inhibitors do. How are they different?

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Fundoplication Surgery

Fundoplication is the surgery often performed for GERD. What is it?

Fundoplication is the standard treatment for GERD. What is done during this surgery?

When is Fundoplication Performed?

The doctor may recommend fundoplication when a patient has one of the following symptoms.

What Can I Expect After Fundoplication Surgery?

What a patient can expect after a fundoplication surgery.

What are the Types of Fundoplication Surgery?

There are two types of fundoplication surgery: Laparoscopic and Open. Learn how each is performed.

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