H2 Receptor Antagonists

Does heartburn keep you up at night? There are several over-the-counter treatment options to explore. H2 receptor antagonists help to reduce the production of stomach acid and are intended to relieve and prevent heartburn. Antacids, on the other hand, neutralize stomach acid after it's splashed into the esophagus. Also see acid reducers and proton pump inhibitors.

Product Name Percent of Pharmacists' Votes
Zantac 150 37.0%
Pepcid AC 30.0%
Pepcid Complete 20.0%
Zantac 75 8.0%
Tums Dual Action 4.0%
Tagamet HB 200 1.0%

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Acid Reducers

Heartburn is the result of stomach acid splashing back into the esophagus, which creates a burning feeling. Many of the products below help to reduce the production of stomach acid. Also check out antacids, which neutralize stomach acid.

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Antacids

Does that spicy burrito you just ate make it feel like your chest is on fire? Certain foods, including chocolate and coffee, as well as alcohol and cigarettes can trigger heartburn—the painful feeling that occurs when acidic stomach juices wash back into the esophagus. The products below may help to neutralize that acid. Also see acid reducers and upset stomach remedies.

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