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Heartburn Treatment Options

Many people have used home remedies like Aloe or Chamomile tea. But those may not always work for you.

Heartburn is different for everyone, there are a variety of over-the-counter treatment options available to relieve your heartburn. Read about different types of heartburn medications below to find out which one is right for you. Each type of product works differently in your body and the time to relief varies.

  Antacid H2 Blocker Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI)
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Example Tums®Zantac® Nexium® 24HR
Prilosec OTC®
Prevacid® 24HR
Indication Food/Beverage
induced heartburn
Food/Beverage
induced heartburn
Frequent heartburn (occurs two or more days a week)
Uses Relieve heartburn Prevent heartburn Relieve heartburn Prevent heartburn
Adult Dosing Take as directed on package labeling 1 tablet up to twice daily as needed (not to exceed 14 days of continuous use or see a doctor if you need to take for more than 14 days) Taken daily (requires a 14 day course of treatment)
Onset of relief In minutesIn as little as 30 minutes2 Not intended for immediate relief (may take 1 to 4 days for full effect)
Duration 2 to 3 hours
(relief may be temporary
and require redosing)
Up to 12 hours Up to 24 hours
(when used as a daily regimen)

Tums® is a registered trademark of GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare, L.P., Nexium® 24HR is a registered trademark of Pfizer Inc., Prilosec OTC® is a
registered trademark of Procter & Gamble, Prevacid® 24HR is a registered trademark of Novartis Consumer Health, Inc.

About Heartburn

Heartburn is very common — 60 million Americans suffer from heartburn6. Heartburn can be bothersome and disruptive.


  • What Is Heartburn?
  • Common symptoms
  • Common causes of heartburn
  • Tips to prevent heartburn
  • Heartburn Treatment Options
    • Because heartburn is different for everyone, there are a variety of over-the-counter treatment options available to relieve your heartburn. Read about different types of heartburn medications below to find out which one is right for you. Each type of product works differently in your body and the time to relief varies.

      Antacid

      • Indication:
      • Food/Beverage induced heartburn
      • Uses:
      • Relieve heartburn
      • Adult Dosing:
      • Take as directed on package labeling
      • Onset of relief:
      • In minutes
      • Duration:
      • 2 to 3 hours
        (relief may be temporary and require redosing)
      • Examples: Tums®

      H2 Blocker

      • Indication:
      • Food/Beverage induced heartburn
      • Uses:
      • Prevent heartburn, Relieve heartburn
      • Adult Dosing:
      • 1 tablet up to twice daily as needed (not to exceed 14 days of continuous use or see a doctor if you need to take for more than 14 days)
      • Onset of relief:
      • In as little as 30 minutes2
      • Duration:
      • Up to 12 hours

      Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI)

      • Indication:
      • Frequent heartburn
        (occurs two or more days a week)
      • Uses:
      • Prevent heartburn
      • Adult Dosing:
      • Taken daily
        (requires a 14 day course of treatment)
      • Onset of relief:
      • Not intended for immediate relief
        (may take 1 to 4 days for full effect)
      • Duration:
      • Up to 24 hours (when used as a daily regimen)
      • Examples: Nexium® 24HR
        Prilosec OTC®
        Prevacid® 24HR
      Tums® is a registered trademark of GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare, L.P., Nexium® 24HR is a registered trademark of Pfizer Inc., Prilosec OTC® is a registered trademark of Procter & Gamble, Prevacid® 24HR is a registered trademark of Novartis Consumer Health, Inc.