For occasional heartburn:
work by neutralizing the acid in your stomach that causes
heartburn. You can get antacids over the counter without a
prescription for fast, short-term relief up to three hours.
Antacids like Tums are one of the most prevalent treatments for
heartburn. Chew 2-4 tablets as symptoms occur, or as directed by
For predictable heartburn:
like Pepcid® and Zantac® reduce
the amount of acid your stomach can produce, preventing
heartburn in the first place. H2 blockers can provide relief in
30 minutes and last up to 12 hours.
For frequent heartburn (two or more times per
Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) reduce gastric
acid secretion in the stomach and intestine, offering heartburn
relief up to 24 hours. These include such over-the-counter
medications as Prevacid®, Nexium®,
Prilosec® and Walgreens brand Omeprazole.