The challenge of food and drink indulgences around the holidays is one that all of us face. The most common source of problems we encounter after overeating is dealing with the culprit we know as acid indigestion/aka heartburn.
Heartburn is the result of stomach acid splashing back into the esophagus, which creates that burning feeling we’d be better off without. Thankfully there are many products available both as prescriptions and OTC remedies that effectively neutralize the effects of gorging ourselves.
Reducing the production of acid in the stomach can be tackled through the use of preparations such as Priolosec OTC, Nexium 24 Hour, Pepcid, Zantac and Prevacid 24 Hour. These are all available in pill or capsule form as well as a variety of liquids and chewable tablets. When you know that your stomach is prone to producing excess acids, and all of us who suffer from the condition definitely know we do, and know it is wise to take whatever remedy you prefer in advance of the meal that you know is going to set your stomach aflame, but that you just can’t miss.
Now if by some unfortunate chance you don’t catch the fire before it starts to burn, there is another class of fast acting preparations known as antacids. Like their name suggests, they work to neutralize the stomach acid that splashes back into your esophagus and creates a burning feeling. Remember it is not only food that causes a trigger for heartburn, which can also be brought on by chocolate, coffee, alcohol and cigarettes. . Some of the more common products readily available at your local pharmacy include, Tums, Mylanta, Gaviscon, Alka-Seltzer, Rolaids and Maalox.
While these products can offer you the almost instant relief you crave, remember that persistent symptoms may well be the sign of a much more serious problem than just over eating or eating the wrong foods.
Ulcers, gastritis and other serious conditions often send warning signs disguised as heartburn.
If you are experiencing symptoms with the feelings we have described, like burning, gas and bloating, on a frequent and regular basis, or if you experience the burning without having consumed anything you know to be bothersome you should speak to your local pharmacist and consult your doctor immediately. These symptoms are not to be avoided.
Until next week…