I’ve eaten too much spicy food and now I have heartburn. What is the best way to treat my symptoms?

Many of us enjoy meeting up with friends from time to time at our local Mexican restaurant or favorite wing hot spot. During these fun times, heartburn can be the not so pleasant effect of eating some of our favorite foods. Heartburn occurs when there is regurgitation of acid into the esophagus creating a feeling of discomfort. Heartburn can be treated, and there are measures that may be taken to prevent future development of this uncomfortable condition.

If you are prone to developing heartburn, your Kroger Pharmacist is a strong ally in the prevention and treatment of heartburn. There are several different classes of medications which pharmacists may recommend; antacids (Maalox®, Rolaids®, Tums®), H2 -receptor antagonists (Pepcid®, Tagamet HB®, Zantac®), and proton pump inhibitors (Nexium 24HR®, Prevacid 24HR®, Prilosec OTC®). Depending on your symptoms, the pharmacist will determine which product is best to be recommended. Make sure you inform the pharmacist of the other medications you are taking. Some of these over-the-counter remedies may interact with prescription drugs, supplements, and/or vitamins. Also, the Kroger pharmacist may encourage a visit to your doctor because the condition might possibly be more serious than heartburn.

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Prevention is the best medicine, so here are some suggestions for heartburn prevention from your Kroger Pharmacist:
• Avoid specific foods that worsen the condition
• Do not eat 2 to 3 hours prior to bedtime
• Sleep with your head elevated
• Maintain a normal healthy weigh
Remember to follow these recommendations next time you are enjoying your favorite spicy meal!

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