Don't eat two hours before lying down, and avoid fats, chocolate, and citrus. Some over-the-counter antacid medications help immediately; others work long term.

When to seek immediate medical care

See a doctor immediately if:

  • Pain in chest occurs with other symptoms, such as sweating, shortness of breath, or pain in the arm or jaw
  • Heartburn symptoms don't respond to over-the-counter antacids

When to make a doctor's appointment

Make an appointment to see a doctor if:

  • Heartburn occurs two or more times a week
  • Reflux symptoms interfere with sleep
  • New cough develops
  • Difficulty swallowing, nausea, or vomiting
  • Self-treatment doesn't help
  • Unintentional weight loss

Last Updated May 26, 2018

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