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Heartburn/GERD Health Center

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10 Tips for When Your Meds Trigger Heartburn

10 Tips When Medication Causes Heartburn continued...

7. Try ginger supplements or tea, Coyle suggests. If your symptoms are worse at night, have a cup of ginger tea after dinner.

8. Talk with your doctor about over-the-counter heartburn remedies like antacids. Some of these drugs can interfere with other medications, so stick with what your doctor recommends. Also, antacids should not be used long-term unless your doctor OKs it.

9. Talk to your doctor about prescription heartburn treatments. Keep in mind that they’re not a quick fix -- it may take several days for a new drug to take effect.

10. If your heartburn won’t go away or you have symptoms like trouble swallowing or weight loss, see your doctor right away. “Waiting too long can make it harder to correct the problem, because over time acid reflux can cause damage to the esophagus,” Free says.

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Reviewed on April 10, 2014

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