In most cases heartburn can be greatly improved or even resolved through better diet, losing weight if overweight, and avoidance of trigger foods.
When diet and lifestyle are not effective, most patients are placed on an H2 blocker – Famotidine also known Pecid. These medications are very effective in improving symptoms rather quickly and their effects last several hours.
When H2 blockers are not effective, your physician may recommend a more powerful acid inhibitor known as PPIs (Proton Pump Inhibitors). These medications have a much longer effect and are superior to H2 blockers in controlling symptoms.
Any patient with severe heartburn, trouble swallowing, having pain, losing weight, or with symptoms over 5 years should be evaluated by their gastroenterologist.