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What over-the-counter antacids can help with treating occasional heartburn?

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Many doctors and pharmacists suggest over-the-counter antacids for occasional heartburn. Histamine blockers, or H2-Blockers, such as Ranitidine (Zantac) and Famotidine (Pepcid) can also be found over-the-counter to help relieve symptoms of acid reflux. These are good acid reducers to start with if you haven’t been on any medications.

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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