A bitter taste in the mouth, a chronic cough, sore throat, fatigue ... if you're waking every morning with these symptoms of nighttime heartburn, you want relief.
Millions experience heartburn and the more serious condition gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) daily. And research shows that nighttime heartburn affects nearly four out of five of heartburn sufferers -- disturbing sleep and impairing their ability to function the next day.
Your health care provider may suggest antacids for occasional heartburn. Sometimes, more potent medications such as H2 blockers and proton pump inhibitors may be needed, especially for persistent symptoms. Both prescription and over-the-counter choices are available. Rarely, surgery is recommended to prevent reflux and heartburn. The primary objective of treatment is to identify the cause of the heartburn so it can be avoided in the future.
Over-the-counter antacids are commonly used to neutralize...
SOURCES: American Gastroenterological Association: "Nighttime Heartburn." WebMD Feature: "Tips for Sleep Without Heartburn." WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise: "Heartburn - Prevention." WebMD: The Magazine Feature: "Severe Heartburn? It May Be GERD." WebMD Medical Reference provided in collaboration with The Cleveland Clinic: "Digestive Diseases: Preventing and Managing Heartburn."