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Anti-Reflux Medications

Maalox, Mylanta, Titralac – Calcium carbonate, Tums, Tums EX, Tums Smooth Dissolve, Tums Ultra – Calcium carbonate

Antacids work by neutralizing the acid in the stomach. The acidity is reduced and is therefore less able to irritate the esophagus when acid regurgitation occurs. Antacids can be taken as liquid gels, suspensions, or as chewable tablets. Calcium carbonate antacids (such as TUMS) are excellent sources of calcium. Antacids can be taken as symptoms occur. The advantage of antacids is that they start neutralizing stomach acid as soon as they reach the stomach.

Ask a doctor or pharmacist before use if you are taking a prescription drug. Antacids may interact with certain prescription drugs.

Antacid for Heartburn Due to Acid Reflux:
Gaviscon - Aluminum hydroxide, Magnesium carbonate, alginic acid

Gaviscon works in a different way than regular antacids. A unique antacid barrier relieves heartburn caused by acid reflux. It contains a unique ingredient (alginate, a natual fiber) that forms a protective barrier on top of the stomach contents, which helps to prevent stomach acid from irritating the tissues of the esophagus.
Ask a doctor or pharmacist before use if you are taking a prescription drug. Antacids may interact with certain prescription drugs.

H2 Blockers:
Pepcid, Zantac, Tagamet, Axid

These medicines act to treat and prevent ulcers. They are also used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). H2 Blockers deal with stomach acid by reducing the body's acid production rate in the stomach. The work by systematically (via the bloodstream) reducing the amount of acid that is secreted into the stomach. The benefits of this approach is that its effects last for several hours so heartburn is less likely to come back. These products can be taken at the time of meal and before symptoms occur to prevent heartburn.

A side effect that may go away during treatment is headache. Ask a doctor or pharmacist before use if you are taking a prescription drug. Antacids may interact with certain prescription drugs.

Proton Pump Inhibitors:
Aciphex, Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec, Protonix

These medicines are called proton pump inhibitors (PPI) and are used to treat heartburn, or gastroesophageal reflux. It may be used in combination with two antibiotics to treat Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection and duodenal ulcers. It may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Side effects that may go away during treatment include headache, constipation, cough, or diarrhea. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience throat pain, chest pain, severe stomach pain, or coffee-ground vomit.

Some medicines or medical conditions may interact with these medicines. Inform your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking. Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions, allergies, pregnancy, or breast-feeding. Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns about taking this medicine. The information contained below is not a comprehensive discussion of these medications and do not substitute for a thorough discussion with your health care provider(s).