Heartburn can be uncomfortable, but can also be easily treated with medication. If over-the-counter remedies aren't working, Rosemary's doctors can help identify a heartburn treatment plan for you.
Heartburn can be caused by food triggers, stress and anxiety, smoking, overeating or medications such as anti-inflammatories, some anti-depressants and some blood pressure drugs.
Common heartburn symptoms include:
If you’re unsure whether the pain you’re experiencing is heartburn or a heart attack, seek medical assistance immediately by calling triple zero (000).
There are a variety of over-the-counter and prescription medications that can treat reflux, as well as lifestyle changes that can help manage your heartburn symptoms. The treatment your Rosemary doctor prescribes will depend on severity, frequency of symptoms and your lifestyle.
Heartburn can be treated with over-the-counter remedies like antacids as well as prescription medication like proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) and histamine-2 blockers.
Treatment usually lasts between 4 to 12 weeks. During this time your online doctor will follow up with you to see how your treatment and symptoms are progressing.
Depending on the cause, it is possible for reflux to be cured. However, relapses in symptoms are common.
Heartburn medications can cause any of the following: fatigue, tiredness, headaches, dizziness, abdominal upset, sweating, rash, swelling, hives, blurred vision, palpitations, seizures, sore throat, dry mouth, flu like symptoms, insomnia, constipation, diarrhoea.
It depends on what medication you are prescribed. Antacids are taken as required. Proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) are typically taken for an initial period of 4 weeks to treat any oesophagitis or gastritis, but can be taken for up to 12 weeks in some cases with the aim of achieving proper healing of the esophageal tissue. Once this has been achieved, PPIs can be taken on an ‘as needed’ basis. Your Rosemary doctor will help identify the treatment that is most appropriate for your needs.
Lifestyle changes you can adopt to help manage your heartburn symptoms include:
No. Your Rosemary doctor will help identify the best treatment plan to manage your heartburn and acid reflux symptoms both in the short-term and long-term.
Further investigation will be required if you present with symptoms like weight loss, bloody stools or vomiting. If you’ve been using PPIs over a long period of time or your treatment is failing or if your doctor flags any diagnostic uncertainty in relation to your condition, then further investigation may be needed.