When you feel the heartburn, frequent heartburn or indigestion that occurs more than twice a week usually responds best to heartburn medicine that you take daily rather than just. Most of the over-the-counter treatment, are not meant to be taken daily for a long time.
Histamine-2 (H2) Blockers for Heartburn and Reflux
Over the counter, H2 blockers can relieve heartburn and treat reflux, especially if you've never had treatment before. These drugs are particularly useful in alleviating heartburn and indigestion.
Histamine stimulates acid production, especially after meals, so H2 blockers are best taken 30 minutes before meals. They can also be taken at bedtime to suppress nighttime production of acid. Examples of prescription H2 blockers:
- Ranitidine (Zantac).
Side effects can include a headache, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, nausea, gas, sore throat, runny nose, and dizziness.
Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) for Heartburn and Reflux.
Depending on the source of your indigestion, reflux or heartburn your pharmacist can recommend products that block acid production more efficiently, and for a longer period than the H2 blockers, these medications called proton pump inhibitors. PPIs are best taken an hour before meals. They include:.
- Esomeprazole (Nexium).
- Pantoprazole (Pantoloc).
Most pharmacists do not believe that one product is significantly more efficient than the others in treating indigestion and heartburn.
Side effects can include a headache, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, gas, and constipation.