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       Heartburn is a painful or burning sensation in the esophagus, just below or behind the breastbone. Despite its name, heartburn has nothing to do with the heart. Essentially it’s an irritation of the esophagus that is caused by stomach acid. Heartburn is a daily occurrence for nearly 15 million Americans, while 60 million Americans have heartburn at least once a month.

What causes heartburn?

        Your stomach is filled with acid that helps digest the food you eat. To enter the stomach, the food needs to go through an opening between the esophagus and stomach. The opening is like a gate to allow food to pass through. Normally the opening closes as soon as food goes through. But if it opens too often or doesn’t close tight enough, acid from your stomach can travel up through the opening and into your esophagus, irritating it and causing heartburn.

        Frequent heartburn is a common symptom of acid reflux, also known as GERD, or gastro esophageal reflux disease. The problem with that is acid reflux doesn’t just cause heartburn. Over time it can seriously ruin the lining of your esophagus.

        Many things can make heartburn worse. Heartburn most commonly occurs after overeating, when bending over or lying down. Other factors that contribute to heartburn:

  1. Certain foods: fatty foods, spicy foods, chocolate, onions, carbonated drinks
  2. Alcohol
  3. Large meals
  4. Laying down too soon after eating
  5. Cigarette smoking
  6. Being pregnant
  7. Citrus fruits
  8. Being overweight
  9. Asthma
  10. Tomato products
  11. Certain medications (sedatives and high blood pressure medication)

        If heartburn persists, you may want to talk to your physician and look at possible treatments. Some prescription drugs to help prevent heartburn are PPIs, proton pump inhibitors. Top PPIs are Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec and Aciphex. What those drugs do is decrease the amount of acid produced in your stomach. Nexium and Prilosec are among the leaders in this class of PPIs, but they are not the only drugs on the market to treat heartburn.

        EquivaMeds is a prescription drug cost-reduction resource developed by physicians to help your doctor understand your costs and options. We know you are well informed about generics, but often have never heard about same-class equivalents. EquivaMeds helps your doctor understand the one thing he or she doesn’t know about your healthcare: the out-of-pocket cost of your prescription drugs. Like generic drugs, equivalent-class medications can save money for millions of people without reducing the quality of your care.

       Click the following link to visit EquivaMeds to find out how you can save when it comes to your prescription medication.

        Our goal at EquivaMeds is to provide you and your physician with information regarding potential medication alternatives. We understand your physician is the only person with the clinical training and familiarity with your medical history to best determine the next step for your medication. Your doctor will always provide you with the best care at the lowest cost with the right information. EquivaMeds provides the information.

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