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What medications can help with treating persistent heartburn?

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If heartburn symptoms persist, your doctor may suggest proton pump inhibitors, such as rabeprazole (Aciphex), dexlansoprazole (Dexilant), esomeprazole (Nexium), lansoprazole (Prevacid), omeprazole (Prilosec, Zegerid), or pantoprazole (Protonix) to reduce the stomach's production of acid, or metoclopramide (Reglan) to make the stomach empty itself faster. Your pharmacist or your doctor can explain how each drug works, and what to expect.

SOURCES: American Gastroenterological Association: "Heartburn" and "Heartburn: What's Going On Down There?" Tara O'Brien, PharmD, pharmacy manager, Pharmaca, Seattle, Washington. Heartburn Alliance: "What Are the Causes of Heartburn Aggravation?" American Academy of Family Physicians: "Antacids and Acid Reducers: OTC Relief for Heartburn and Acid Reflux." WebMD Medical Reference: "Understanding Heartburn - Treatment."



Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 07, 2018

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SOURCES: American Gastroenterological Association: "Heartburn" and "Heartburn: What's Going On Down There?" Tara O'Brien, PharmD, pharmacy manager, Pharmaca, Seattle, Washington. Heartburn Alliance: "What Are the Causes of Heartburn Aggravation?" American Academy of Family Physicians: "Antacids and Acid Reducers: OTC Relief for Heartburn and Acid Reflux." WebMD Medical Reference: "Understanding Heartburn - Treatment."



Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 07, 2018

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