Heartburn

What is Heartburn?

Heartburn is usually associated with GERD. It occurs when stomach acid is regurgitated and causes a painful burning sensation from the chest up to the throat. Causes of heartburn can vary. Causes may be types of foods eaten or certain medical conditions.

Treatments for heartburn include drinking plenty of water, taking over-the-counter antacids, and taking prescription medication. Common drug classes used to treat heartburn are aluminum complexes, dopamine receptor antagonists, histamine-2 antagonists, and proton pump inhibitors.

Savings Tips for Heartburn

  • Backorder Notice: Protonix (Pantoprazole)

    June 05, 2014

    Since May 2014, several manufacturers that produce generic Protonix (pantoprazole) have issued a backorder notice on their supplies of both the 20 mg and 40 mg tablets.

    Which manufacturers have been affected?

    Actavis, Aurobindo, Mylan, Teva, Torrent, and Wockhardt

    What is the reason for the backorder?

    At this time Actavis, Aurobindo, Mylan, Teva, and Torrent could not provide a reason for the shortage.

    Wockhardt, however, has had an ban from the FDA on several of their products since mid-2013, including pantoprazoleSee More

  • Nexium, Prilosec, Zegerid: Which Non-Prescription Heartburn Med Is Best?

    May 29, 2014

    Nexium 24HR is now over the counter, joining the other proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) available without a prescription. This class of medications work well for the treatment of heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and gastric ulcers. Nexium as a brand name drug made over 6 billion dollars in one year so does that mean that it’s better than the others? Um, no.

    Several PPIs are available over the counter: Zegerid OTC (omeprazole with sodium bicarbonate), Prilosec OTC (omeprazole OTC) and Prevacid 24HR (lansoprazole 24HR) and now Nexium 24HR (esomeprazole). See More

  • Nexium Now Available Without a Prescription!

    May 27, 2014

    The over-the-counter version of Nexium (esomeprazole magnesium) is now available without a prescription! You can find Nexium 24HR in stores now, which may be great news if you’ve been paying for the expensive, brand-only heartburn med.

    Only the 20 mg capsule has made the switch, so if you take a different dose or if you use the packets for oral suspension, you’ll want to talk to your doctor about whether you can use Nexium 24HRSee More

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Popular Heartburn Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
Prilosec
(omeprazole)
Proton Pump Inhibitors 15 See Prices
Protonix
(pantoprazole)
Proton Pump Inhibitors 11 See Prices
Zantac
(ranitidine)
Histamine-2 Antagonists 9 See Prices
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Note: Popularity is based on total prescriptions for the brand and generic versions of each drug, regardless of the condition being treated. Some drugs are prescribed for multiple conditions.

Heartburn Drug Classes

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