Over The Counter Drugs for Heartburn
The common OTC medications for heartburn can be grouped as follows:2–4
Antacids help in the neutralization of the excess acid in the stomach and provide a fast but short-term relief from heartburn.
Some of the common antacids include the following:
Magnesium hydroxide (milk of magnesia)
Most of the OTC antacids contain a combination of above-mentioned drugs and are effective for casual heartburns. Some of the antacid combinations include digene, gelusil and milk of magnesia.
These agents reduce the amount of gastric acid being produced in the stomach. Although H2-blockers do not provide instant relief, they help in relieving the pain for a longer period of time.
Some of the common H2-blockers include the following:
Proton Pump Inhibitors
These agents stop the production of gastric acid in the body to a certain extent and hence need about 1–4 days to relieve heartburn. This group of drug is helpful for the people who have frequent heartburn (at least 2 days in a week). The only one proton pump inhibitor, which is available as OTC medication is omeprazole (Omez).
Written by: Healthplus24 team
Date last modified: May 31, 2012
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