Heartburn is one of those symptoms that seriously commands your attention. First off, it can really hurt. Odds are good that your skin has rarely felt as fiery as your belly may feel during an attack of heartburn. Secondly, while it doesn't actually involve your heart, heartburn can give you the sense that something is amiss deep among your vital organs.
Heartburn can be a problem that you should bring to your doctor's attention. But as painful as this common condition can be, it's also something that you can also help treat and prevent on your own.
Heartburn arises when the contents of your stomach move the wrong way. The food and drink you swallow is supposed to only travel south from your mouth, but during heartburn, food, drink, and stomach juices move upward past the "doorway" between your esophagus and stomach. Your esophagus isn't as naturally protected against this harsh material as your stomach lining, thus it causes pain.
If heartburn strikes you often e...
Heartburn, also known as gastric reflux or indigestion, happens after you eat and food is in your stomach. In the stomach, food is broken down by acids. Usually these acids stay in your stomach because a valve blocks the acids from going up the esophagus. Sometimes this valve doesn't work properly because the muscle weakens. When this happens, gastric acids can travel up the esophagus and cause a burning sensation -- this is heartburn. When these acids travel up into the mouth and then down into the lungs, they can cause gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Symptoms of heartburn and GERD include:
irritating burning sensation in the chest or throat
middle back pain
bitter, acidic taste in the mouth
an increase in the burning sensation while lying down
Breast cancer treatments that can cause heartburn and GERD are:
Tykerb (chemical name: lapatinib), a targeted therapy
Bisphosphonates, medicines that are used to protect bones during breast cancer treat...
Generic Name: FAMOTIDINE - ORAL Pronounced: (fam-OH-tih-dine) Heartburn Prevention Oral Uses
Famotidine is known as an H2 histamine blocker. It works
by reducing the amount of acid in your stomach. It is used to prevent and treat
heartburn and other symptoms caused by too much acid in the stomach (acid
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the product before. The manufacturer may have changed the ingredients. Also,
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How To Use Heartburn Prevention Oral
To treat heartburn and acid indigestion, take 1 tablet or
capsule with a glass of water as needed, unless otherwise directed by your
doctor. Swallow the tablets and capsules whole without chewing. If you are
using the chewable tablets, chew completely and swallow one tablet as needed.
Do not swallow whole. Famotidine can be...
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