Do You Still Need Your Heartburn Medicine?

Many patients experience acid reflux and heartburn and take medication to resolve their symptoms. Medications like Nexium, Prilosec, Protonix should only be taken for two weeks unless prescribed by your physician. Risks of taking some of these medications long-term include osteoporosis, bacterial infection, and pneumonia. To reduce heartburn in other ways, you should avoid foods that cause heartburn, do not lay down after eating, and avoid tight clothing. Talk to your doctor if you have questions about needing your acid reflux or heartburn medications.