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

  • Is Nexium the Best Medication for My Stomach Issues?

    May 12, 2015

    Nexium (esomeprazole) certainly wins when it comes to marketing. While it is still available by prescription as Nexium 40 mg daily, there is now a generic esomeprazole and an over the counter form (Nexium 24HR) which is 22.3 mg. Yet somehow, Nexium is still the fourth best selling brand name prescription drug in the United States. Why is that? Well, purple does well with audiences which is why drug companies market their drugs in purple packaging . See More

  • Generic Nexium Now Approved

    February 02, 2015

    Nexium (esomeprazole) is indicated for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)—better known as acid reflux or heartburn. The approval of generic esomeprazole comes following the arrival of over-the-counter Nexium 24HR last year, and could mean even lower prices and more flexibility when it comes to treating GERD.

    What is GERD exactly?

    Gastroesophageal reflux occurs when the acid in your stomach comes back up through your esophagus and irritates its lining. See More

  • Nexium (Esomeprazole Magnesium) vs Esomeprazole Strontium: What’s the Difference?

    July 24, 2014

    With almost identical active ingredient names, these medications can be easy to confuse—but esomeprazole strontium is not a generic equivalent to Nexium. Although both treat GERD (heartburn), they are available in different strengths and have different advantages.

    What is GERD?

    GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease is more commonly known as heartburn. Heartburn is a form of indigestion in which your stomach acid comes back up into the esophagus. See More

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Popular Heartburn Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
Prilosec
(omeprazole)
Proton Pump Inhibitors 10 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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