Ask the Doctor
Question: What should I do about heartburn?
Answer: If it's pretty mild or infrequent,
try some over-the-counter antacids first such as Mylanta or Maalox. You can also try OTC Pepcid or Zantac or Tagamet which
are also known as H2 receptor blockers. If this becomes a recurrent problem however, modifying one's diet can also help. Avoiding
spicy and greasy foods can help. Likewise, avoiding caffeine containing beverages is also a good idea. If these don't work,
then maybe you need prescription strength H2 blockers or proton pump inhibitors (ie Protonix, Prilosec, Aciphex, Prevacid,
Nexium). Prilosec had recently been made available over the counter so you can probably get this easily.
It is important to remember that uncontrolled heartburn (also known as
GERD for gastroesophageal reflux disease) can lead to Barrett's
can in turn, transform into Esophageal Cancer. This is especially
true if you are over 50 y/o. Hence do not ignore this symptom if it is unrelenting. If medications you've tried do not
work, perhaps it is time for you to see your doctor.