Which Acid Reflux Tablets Are Effective?
Many different classes of acid reflux tablets are used to manage the painful and irritating symptoms of acid indigestion. Non-prescription medications include simple antacids and acid blockers (H2 blockers). Antacids will provide short term relief that acts quickly. Antacids work by neutralizing stomach acid and are effective for about one to two hours.
H2 blockers are acid reflux tablets that work by stopping the release of stomach acid. They take about an hour to work and are usually taken before a meal. They are effective for about nine to twelve hours. Before taking acid blockers you should talk to your doctor. This is because acid reflux tablets can cause serious side effects or interact with other medications.
What follows is a list of acid reflux tablets in the H2 blocker/histamine receptor antagonist class that you might want to try:
*Axid are acid reflux tablets that decrease the production of stomach acid. They are prescribed for any condition that causes acid to wash into the esophagus and cause heartburn.
*Mylanta are acid reflux tablets that work to decrease production of stomach acid.
*Pepcid are histamine receptor antagonists. It works by decreasing the amount of acid the stomach produces. These acid reflux tablets are available as a non-prescription drug.
*Tagamet are H2 blockers that decrease the amount of acid the stomach produces. You do not need a prescription to use Tagamet. These acid reflux tablets are known by the generic name of Cimetidine.
*Zantac is an H2 blocker that decreases the amount of acid produced by the stomach. These acid reflux tablets are available over-the counter.
If you are experiencing severe or constant heartburn see your doctor. If none of these non-prescription acid reflux tablets seems to be controlling your heartburn you might need to take a prescription drug. Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are drugs that stop acid from being released into the stomach and intestines.
What follows is a list of acid reflux tablets in the 'proton pump inhibitor' category that your doctor might prescribe:
*Nexium are acid reflux tablets that decrease the amount of acid released in the stomach. These acid reflux tablets are also used to treat ulcers, erosive esophagitis and other conditions involving stomach acid production.
*Prevacid are acid reflux tablets used in the treatment and prevention of stomach and intestinal ulcers, erosive esophagitis (where the esophagus is damaged from escess stomach acid and other related conditions as well as acid reflux).
*Prilosec are acid reflux tablets that decrease the acid in the stomach. Prilosec is used to treat ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease, and related conditions.
*Protonix are acid reflux tablets that decrease acid in the stomach. It is prescribed for damage to the esophagus caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease and other conditions of hyperacidity.