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11 Surprising Symptoms of Acid Reflux

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Heartburn is such a common problem you'd think it would be simple to spot and treat. But sometimes acid-reflux symptoms are less than obvious or easy to mistake for something else. Here are some symptoms that could mean you have acid reflux.   View slideshow

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Lifestyle Changes Helped Me Stop Taking Heartburn Medication

Amanda Tiberi, 23, was diagnosed with heartburn and a hiatal hernia when she was just 19, and thought she was doomed to a lifetime of pills and potential side effects.
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Amanda Tiberi, 23, was diagnosed with heartburn and a hiatal hernia when she was just 19, and thought she was doomed to a lifetime of pills and potential side effects. She was prescribed a daily dose of Nexium, but took matters into her own hands. Tiberi, a marketing coordinator who lives in Westchester, New York, cut back on foods that triggered her symptoms and began exercising and losing weight. She was soon able to give up the medication—and get back her life.  Read More

Choosing an Over-the-Counter Heartburn Remedy

Which product is right for you?
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Because you can grab over-the-counter heartburn remedies quickly at a drugstore without a doctor's visit or a prescription, these are often the first line of defense against GERD. But a glance down the pharmacy aisle shows a vast array of choices. Which product is the right one to help you quash the burning pain in your chest?  Read More

Antacids Are a Quick-Acting Way to Fight Heartburn

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Antacids are some of the most recognized (and advertised) nonprescription drugs on the market. They include Tums, Rolaids, Mylanta, and many others. They may contain different ingredients that work in different ways, but all antacids neutralize stomach acid, which can help prevent heartburn.  Read More

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Heartburn? 7 Medications That Can Help

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The good news is, there are enough heartburn remedies to fill a whole aisle of the drugstore plus several shelves in the pharmacy. The bad news is, you may have no idea how to tell the many options apart. Here's a quick guide.   View slideshow

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

9 Expert Tips On How to Use Heartburn Medication

Q: How do I know if I need heartburn medication?

A: Heartburn means different things to different people. The first thing to do is understand what it is. It's a burning sensation behind the breastbone, which usually feels like it's coming up from the stomach region and heading toward the throat. It usually happens after meals or when you are reclining, especially after a large meal. It's not necessarily heartburn if you have burning in the chest when you're exercising or gardening or doing other activities. That burning sensation could be something else. If it happens during exertion, it could be heart disease. Read More

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Soothe Heartburn in Pregnancy

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Heartburn will plague most moms-to-be at some point in their pregnancies. The good news is there are safe, effective treatments available. "Pregnant women really don't need to suffer with heartburn anymore," says Adrienne Einarson, RN.   View slideshow

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I Tried Many Heartburn Medications Before One Worked

Dana Klush, 29, was diagnosed with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) while still in high school. A monthlong course of Prilosec OTC helped relieve her symptoms, but they returned with a vengeance at age 21.
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Dana Klush, 29, was diagnosed with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) while still in high school. A monthlong course of Prilosec OTC helped relieve her symptoms, but they returned with a vengeance at age 21. This time, Prilosec didn't work, and she lived with painful heartburn and acid reflux on and off for several years. Working with her doctor, Klush finally found a medication that works for her and learned how to better control her symptoms. Now, as a podiatric surgeon in Dunmore, Penn., she lives a happier, healthier life mostly free of heartburn.  Read More

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5 Heartburn Remedies

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Nothing ruins a great meal as much as a painful bout of heartburn. Although over-the-counter meds are often effective, home remedies might help without the trip to the pharmacy.   View slideshow

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