Frequent Heartburn: What Is It?

Frequent heartburn is when heartburn symptoms occur two or more times a week. According to some studies, as many as 15 million Americans experience heartburn symptoms every day, which can be a sign of a more serious condition.

It's important to talk to your doctor about what causes frequent heartburn, how you can manage it and to see if your heartburn is a symptom of acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Managing Frequent Heartburn

If your doctor determines your recurring heartburn is manageable, there are simple changes you can make right now that can help, such as:

  • Have smaller meals
  • Avoid food triggers such as chocolate, coffee, peppermint, tomato products, greasy or spicy foods and alcoholic beverages
  • Stop eating 2-3 hours before going to sleep

For more ways to manage your symptoms, get the heartburn prevention tips that can help make a difference. Zantac 360°™ is not indicated for the treatment of frequent heartburn.

"As many as 15 million Americans experience heartburn symptoms every day."

Is It More Than Heartburn?

Did you know that heartburn can be a symptom of conditions like acid reflux and GERD? While all three are related, there are differences that can vary in severity and treatment — and may require diagnostic testing to confirm diagnosis. Here's a quick look at all three conditions.

1. Heartburn

What It Is:

A burning sensation in the chest or throat, just behind the breastbone

Caused By:

Diet and lifestyle triggers such as eating spicy foods or late-night snacking

Symptoms:

Burning feeling in your chest, pain and discomfort in the chest/throat, sour/bitter taste in the mouth

2. Acid Reflux

What It Is:

Burning and pain that occurs when lower esophageal sphincter (LES) doesn't close properly and acid flows into the esophagus

Caused By:

Diet and lifestyle triggers; increased stomach acid from stress

Symptoms:

Heartburn and other symptoms such as cough, abdominal pain or discomfort, bloating, nausea, upset stomach

3. GERD

What It Is:

A chronic form of acid reflux, occurring 2+ times a week; damages the esophagus

Caused By:

Diet and lifestyle triggers; may include hiatal hernia, medications that may weaken the lower esophageal sphincter

Symptoms:

Heartburn and other symptoms such as bad breath, difficulty swallowing, damaged tooth enamel from acid

Talk to your doctor about your symptoms and to confirm a diagnosis or course of treatment as needed. Zantac 360°™ is not indicated for the treatment of frequent heartburn, acid reflux, or GERD.

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