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Heartburn relief?

Asked by mteutsch (177points) June 8th, 2008

What are some good ways to relieve heartburn while allowing me to get some sleep? I have taken a Zyrtec and Tamba something.

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crunchaweezy's avatar

Possibly Rolaids? They’re chewable tablets.

mteutsch's avatar

Those have never worked for me.

cheebdragon's avatar

Maalox, you may have to drink half the bottle but it always works

sndfreQ's avatar

Zyrtec-allergy med?

Heartburn is caused by an over-abundance of acid in the stomach; bismuth salicylate (as found in pepto bismol, kaopectate, etc.) can counteract the imbalance as its key ingredient is a base salt (pH neutralization or antacid).

mteutsch's avatar

No, it’s Zantac or something. it starts with a Z.

sndfreQ's avatar

Zantac inhibits acid production and if taken on a regimen (once per day) will reduce the production of acid in your stomach. It will not alleviate the symptoms of acid reflux that is occurring right now-that acid has already been produced. So the next step is to hit that Pepto.

mteutsch's avatar

I’ve been sitting up for a while, and as of right now, it feels better.

crunchaweezy's avatar

Out of curiousity, how well does Pepto work? I usually sit things out like mteutsch.
Is it reliable to have around?

sndfreQ's avatar

@crunch-I think it works well at quelling the symptoms of reflux-like cheebdragon mentions, sometimes you have to drink half a bottle before you start to feel better, but there are no ill-effects if you do that.

If chronic heartburn is an issue for you, you should consider the underlying cause-diet, eating too late in the day, stress, and heredity/physiology all play a role in your digestive health.

You may want to see a doctor about some other proactive options (over-the-counter remedies such as Zantac and Prilosec are good for short-run treatments over a couple of weeks), but if it’s persistent, there may be other issues at work that should be brought to your doctor’s attention. Better to err on the side of caution.

DeezerQueue's avatar

Rolaids and Tums are usually fairly effective. Zantac is more for long term management, and if you do have regular or frequent heartburn you should get it checked out, it can lead to other problems. I was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia some years ago but manage it with dietary changes and rarely suffer from heartburn now.

cookieman's avatar

Prilosec is the best for me.

playthebanjo's avatar

I like to eat a box of chalkboard chalk.

bulbatron9's avatar

Baking Soda and water!

shilolo's avatar

Hey, You got a lot of great answers. I gave some detailed advice here as well. Good luck.

scamp's avatar

Pepcid Complete is my new best friend. I have reflux and hiatal hernia, so I take one every night before bed. I also don’t eat or drink anything before lying down.

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