The Problem: What Is Heartburn & Acid Reflux?
When stomach acid backs up into the esophagus (the tube that connects the mouth to the stomach) acid reflux can result. If that acid then irritates the sensitive lining inside the esophagus, you get what’s known as heartburn. So basically, heartburn is a symptom of acid reflux.
There are three states of heartburn:
Occasional - Infrequent flare ups that are fairly predictable.
Frequent - Two or more times per week.
Persistent - Every day or close to it.
No matter where you sit on this spectrum, heartburn should be kept under control. Occasional reflux can often be managed with lifestyle changes such as diet and weight control and/or an antacid if appropriate.
If you’re experiencing heartburn persistently, you need to be especially proactive about treatment. Experiencing it every day or close to it has the potential to cause what’s known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GORD) which can result in more significant health issues. If this sounds like you, see your healthcare professional as soon as you can.
For those who get occasional or frequent heartburn, one way to get control longer term is with Losec. Because of the way it works, it may be able to provide 24-hour heartburn relief for up to 3 months at a time.1,2