The basic symptoms of heartburn are well known and include burning in the chest area and pain when lying down. Isolated to one instance, heartburn can be tolerated. But what if you are experiencing heartburn two or more days a week and your sleep, daily activities, and overall quality of life are being affected by these symptoms of heartburn? Frequent heartburn may affect your ability to focus at work. And then there's the stress factor of heartburn that can make you seem ill-tempered or moody. You might even find it difficult to fully enjoy social occasions. Some also find it hard to sleep due to heartburn. Why should these symptoms be tolerated? They shouldn’t. In fact, ignoring symptoms of frequent heartburn can lead to severe complications.
If you are experiencing heartburn two or more days a week, you are experiencing what is referred to as “frequent heartburn.” You’re not alone – more than 50 million American adults are affected by frequent heartburn. Below are a few symptoms that you probably know all too well:
- Burning in the chest just below or behind the breast bone
- Coughing or wheezing
- Pain that gets worse when you're lying down
The good news is that with Prevacid24HR, along with a few lifestyle adjustments and regular check-ups with your doctor, frequent heartburn which occurs 2 or more days a week can be fairly easy to manage. But how do you know if Prevacid24HR is the right heartburn treatment for you? Below are a few different types of over-the-counter heartburn treatments.
Antacids reduce the effects of stomach acid and are usually taken for short-term relief. Many antacids are available as chewable tablets.
H2 blockers reduce the amount of acid your stomach makes. They relieve symptoms for a longer period of time than antacids, but may not last as long as PPIs.
PPIs,short for Proton Pump Inhibitors, are for the treatment of frequent heartburn. They may provide longer-term relief than antacids or H2s by significantly reducing the production of acid in the stomach. PPIs are available over-the-counter. Prevacid24HR is a PPI. So What Differentiates Prevacid24HR? Prevacid24HR is the only branded OTC frequent heartburn medicine that contains the active ingredient lansoprazole. Prevacid24HR prevents acid that causes frequent heartburn for a full 24 hours, with one pill a day for 14 days. It works by reducing the release of acid from the "proton pumps" in the stomach