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Heartburn Treatment Options

Just like how people experience heartburn differently, they treat it differently, too. Some take medications for heartburn relief, while others take medication to prevent heartburn. There are a variety of over-the-counter (OTC) heartburn treatment options available which generally fall into three categories: Antacids, Histamine 2 Blockers and Proton Pump Inhibitors.

See how they work differently to help you manage heartburn, then compare their benefits using the chart below.

"Just like how people experience heartburn differently, they treat it differently, too."

Antacids

Antacids are over-the-counter medications that neutralize stomach acid to provide heartburn relief, as well as relieve acid indigestion and sour stomach. They are taken when symptoms occur.

H2 Blockers

H2 blockers, or histamine 2 blockers, are used to reduce the excess acid that causes heartburn. They work by blocking a type of histamine receptor that stimulates acid production in the stomach. New Zantac 360°™ is formulated with famotidine, an H2 blocker, and can be taken before you eat to prevent heartburn, or after to relieve it.

H2 Blockers Antacids
OTC Brands New Zantac 360°™, Tagamet®, Pepcid® Tums®, Rolaids®
Prevents Heartburn Yes, when taken as directed before eating No
Relieves Heartburn Fast Yes Yes
Long-lasting* Yes No

*Refers to acid control. Acid control does not correlate to symptom relief.

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PPIs

PPIs, or proton pump inhibitors, are used to reduce the excess acid that causes conditions like frequent heartburn and GERD. They work by inhibiting or stopping the secretion of acid in the stomach from the "proton pump," a molecule contained in stomach cells which "pump" acid into the stomach. They are taken before eating breakfast in the morning, once a day for 14 days.

H2 Blockers PPIs
OTC Brands New Zantac 360°™, Tagamet®, Pepcid® Nexium® 24HR, Prilosec OTC®, Prevacid® 24HR
Prevents Heartburn Yes, when taken as directed before eating No; treat frequent heartburn when taken for 14 days. May take 1 to 4 days for full effect.
Relieves Heartburn Fast Yes No
Long-lasting* Yes Yes

If you have any questions, talk to your healthcare professional about the medications you're taking, and see which OTC heartburn treatment is right for you, such as new Zantac 360° — an all-in-one solution that both prevents and relieves heartburn!

*Refers to acid control. Acid control does not correlate to symptom relief.

All third-party trademarks are trademarks of their respective owners.

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