Heartburn. Annoying, right?

You may be very familiar with heartburn; that is characterized by a burning sensation in your chest, just behind your chest bone. According to the Mayo Clinic, the pain is commonly worse after eating, in the evening, or when lying down. You may also experience a bitter or sour taste in your mouth.
When food or liquid enters your stomach, a band of muscle at the lower end of your esophagus normally closes it off. The lower esophageal sphincter is the name given to this band (LES). Food or stomach acid can back up (reflux) into the esophagus if this band does not close tightly enough. The contents of the stomach can irritate the esophagus, resulting in heartburn. Although the terms heartburn and acid reflux are usually used interchangeably, heartburn is a symptom of acid reflux. If you have occasional heartburn, there are some simple things you can do to avoid the burn:
1. Try smaller, more frequent meals.

2. Avoid late-night eating.

3. Don’t exercise right after meals.

4. Sleep on a medical wedge-shaped cushion.

5. Identify and avoid foods associated with heartburn.

6. Chew sugarless gum after a meal.

7. Ask your doctor if it’s caused by a medication you take.

8. Lose weight if needed.

Products to ease heartburn

Gaviscon Double Action Mint

This medicine is indicated for the treatment of symptoms resulting from the reflux of acid, bile and pepsin into the esophagus such as acid regurgitation, heartburn and indigestion, for example following meals or during pregnancy, and for symptoms of excess stomach acid (hyperacidity).

Pharmalife Isilax Mamma Fluid Concentrate

A food supplement obtained from concentrated fruit juices and vegetable extracts. Thanks to the presence of pectins and fibers, its use can be useful for regulating physiological intestinal functions.

Maalox Oral Suspension

Maalox is an anti-acid that reduces symptoms of stomach upset, heartburn and acid indigestion.

Famodar 20

Famodar is a long-acting histamine H2-receptor antagonist. It reduces the basal, and stimulated gastric acid secretions.

Gaviscon Extra Strength 500 Peppermint Tablets

Gaviscon Extra Strength 500 Peppermint Tablets is an antacid and reflux suppressant which forms a protective layer on top of the stomach contents to prevent stomach acid from escaping into the food pipe where it hurts. These tablets are sugar and gluten free.

Resources

MedlinePlus. “Heartburn”. Accessed April 20, 2021.

NHS. “Heartburn and acid reflux”. Accessed April 20, 2021.

Mayo Clinic. “Heartburn”. Accessed April 20, 2021.