How to Get Rid of Heartburn and Get Off Antacid Medication

By Dr Kelly

January 3, 2019

Heartburn occurs when stomach acid flows back into the esophagus, causing a burning sensation in the chest and throat. Here are some tips to help manage heartburn and reduce the need for antacid medication:

  1. Avoid trigger foods: Certain foods and beverages can trigger heartburn, such as spicy or fried foods, citrus fruits, caffeine, and alcohol. Identify your triggers and avoid them as much as possible.

  2. Eat smaller, more frequent meals: Eating large meals can increase the likelihood of heartburn. Try eating smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day to help reduce the amount of acid your stomach produces.

  3. Avoid lying down after meals: Wait at least two to three hours after eating before lying down, as this can increase the likelihood of acid reflux.

  4. Raise the head of your bed: Elevating the head of your bed by 6-8 inches can help prevent stomach acid from flowing back into the esophagus while you sleep.

  5. Try natural remedies: Some natural remedies, such as ginger, chamomile tea, and apple cider vinegar, may help soothe heartburn symptoms.

  6. Reduce stress: Stress can increase the production of stomach acid, so try stress-reducing techniques like deep breathing, meditation, or yoga.

  7. Consider medication alternatives: If you're taking antacid medication regularly, talk to your healthcare provider about alternatives such as H2 blockers or proton pump inhibitors that may be more effective in treating heartburn.

It's important to note that if your heartburn persists despite these lifestyle changes or if you experience other symptoms like difficulty swallowing or unintended weight loss, you should seek medical attention. Your healthcare provider can help determine the underlying cause of your heartburn and recommend the best course of treatment.

About the author

Dr. Kelly has 25 years of expert medical experience caring for the sickest of the sick people in critical care (including ICU, Heart surgery, Heart & Lung transplant surgery, as well as cardiology). She is a clinical specialist who has taken care of and trained others to care for the critically ill/the elderly and developed many screening and preventative programs to help improve the health of the population. The reality is that most people just don't have to be that sick. or stay that sick. So, Dr. Kelly decided to change the focus of the care she provided: to prevent, reverse and restore the health of individuals.

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