Antacids for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
Why It Is Used
For people who have occasional, mild to moderate symptoms of Reference heartburn Opens New Window, antacids are often all that is needed to control the symptoms.
Many doctors will recommend long-term use of antacids if they help relieve your heartburn. Do not use antacids for more than 2 weeks unless you have talked with your doctor about taking them on a long-term basis.
You can also take antacids to stop heartburn that happens from time to time when you are taking an acid reducer medicine (such as Prilosec).
Some antacids, such as Rolaids and Tums, contain calcium carbonate. These may help boost calcium intake in women who are concerned about developing osteoporosis.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: May 10, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Peter J. Kahrilas, MD - Gastroenterology