No Time for Heartburn

9 Medications That Can Cause Heartburn


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Bone-strengthening drugs

Osteoporosis drugs known as bisphosphenates—including blockbusters like alendronate (Fosamax), ibandronate (Boniva), and risedronate (Actonel)—are notorious for causing heartburn.

Newer formulations that are taken less frequently may be easier on the stomach.

Reclast, for instance, is an infusion drug that needs to be taken only once a year.

If you’re still on a daily or weekly pill schedule, taking the medication first thing in the morning (before eating or drinking) may help minimize heartburn.

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