What to Do About Holiday Heartburn

Roni Shye
Roni Shye, PharmD BCGP BCACP, is a licensed pharmacist in the states of Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
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Many of you have holiday parties and family get-togethers before the end of the year—which means plenty of delicious food and desserts that can tempt even the most health-conscious.

Unfortunately, eating different foods (or more than usual) may not always agree with your stomach. Upset stomach, indigestion, and heartburn are all common issues—especially around this time of year.

To feel your best this holiday season, know what can help or hurt when it comes to heartburn and indigestion.

What can I use for quick heartburn relief?

Heartburn is a form of indigestion that you’ll usually feel as a burning sensation in your chest. It’s actually caused by stomach acid coming back up into the esophagus.

Heartburn isn’t fun, but it can easily be treated on-the-go with over-the-counter medications like Rolaids or Tums. These chewable tablets can be kept in your purse or pocket, and can be found almost anywhere, including traveler-friendly locations like gas stations and convenience stores.

Are there any differences between Tums and Rolaids?

Tums contain a single ingredient (calcium carbonate), while Rolaids have two (calcium carbonate and magnesium hydroxide). Both help to neutralize acid in the stomach.

I’m pregnant—is there anything I use for heartburn relief?

If you or someone you know this holiday season are getting heartburn, first know that it’s always best to check with your OB/GYN in case the cause is something more serious. However if you’ve had heartburn before and recognize the symptoms, both Tums and Rolaids are safe to take during pregnancy. For more information, you can take a look at the Tums official site, or the Rolaids official site.

What happened to Mylanta, is it still available?

Good old Mylanta has not been available for some time now. Many Mylanta products were recalled more than 5 years ago, at the end of November 2010.

Mylanta was recalled so the labeling could be updated. Several products were found to contain < 1% alcohol, from the flavorings being used. Although it was a small amount, the alcohol content is required to be noted on the packaging, and it wasn’t listed on the recalled products.

It’s been a few years now, but the manufacturer doesn’t have any info at this time about when Mylanta will be back in stores.

Before I take a medication, how can I avoid heartburn this holiday season?

There are a few good ways to reduce your likelihood of getting heartburn, including:

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