Medication may be prescribed
to manage symptoms of heartburn
and swallowing disorders. Because
drugs work in different ways,
combinations of medications are
often used to control symptoms.
- Antacids (Alka-Seltzer, Maalox,
Tums, etc.) are usually the
first drugs recommended to relieve
mild heartburn. These medications
neutralize stomach acid.
- Foaming Agents (Gaviscon)
work by covering the stomach
contents with foam to prevent
- H2 Blockers (Tagamet, Pepcid,
Zantac, etc.) decrease production
of stomach acid.
- Proton Pump Inhibitors (Prilosec,
Prevacid, Nexium, etc.) relieve
symptoms and heal the esophageal
lining in almost everyone who
has acid reflux disease.
- Prokinetics (Reglan, Urecholine)
help strengthen the lower esophageal
sphincter and make the stomach
empty faster. Reglan also mproves
muscle action in the digestive