For heartburn symptom relief, here are 5 common home remedies and treatments to try:
Loosen tight clothing
Heartburn happens when the acid in your stomach rises into your esophagus, which is also known as your “food pipe”. Tight clothing such as belts can put pressure on your stomach and esophageal sphincter, worsening the discomfort and pain. The first thing to do is loosen any tight-fitting clothing or substitute them with loose clothing to help ease heartburn.
Elevate your upper body or stand up
Your posture can also contribute to heartburn. Lying down can worsen symptoms by applying pressure on your lower esophagus. It’s best to stand up straight and wait at least 3 hours to lie down after a meal. If you are sitting or lying down, try elevating your upper body and head with a pillow. An upright posture will help keep the stomach acid from rising into your esophagus.
Chew gum to help reduce acid
Research has proven that chewing gum at least half an hour after eating helps stimulate saliva production and causes you to swallow more. The extra saliva can help dilute acid in the throat and ease the burning sensation caused by heartburn.
Drink herbal teas
Wondering what else to drink for heartburn relief? Herbal teas are known to provide relief by soothing upset stomachs and can sometimes be used as a home remedy for heartburn relief. Try making a warm cup of tea to soothe the throat. Avoid drinking carbonated beverages and caffeinated teas as these may trigger heartburn symptoms.
Try over-the-counter heartburn medications
There are many treatments available for managing heartburn. Talk to your doctor about trying OTC (over the counter) PEPCID®. PEPCID® is a Histamine-2 blocker (H2 blocker) with the active ingredient famotidine, which helps relieve heartburn by reducing the amount of acid in the stomach. PEPCID® products work fast and starts to relieve heartburn in 15–30 minutes and controls acid all day or all night.*
HERBAL REMEDIES ARE NOT EVALUATED FOR SAFETY AND EFFECTIVENESS OR APPROVED BY THE FDA. THEY DO NOT HAVE TO MEET THE SAME STANDARDS FOR MANUFACTURING AND PACKAGING THAT DRUGS DO.
*BASED ON 9-HOUR ACID CONTROL STUDIES DURING THE DAY AND 12-HOUR ACID CONTROL STUDIES DURING THE NIGHT. ACID CONTROL DOES NOT IMPLY SYMPTOM RELIEF.
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