How I’m Avoiding Heartburn
One of my goals for 2019 is to avoid unnecessary stress and focus on working smarter not harder when it comes to things that impact my health and happiness. One of the big challenges with that is frequent heartburn since my life involves often unavoidable stress and frankly, I don’t want to give up some of my favorite foods. Luckily, this year I’m working with Prilosec OTC and together we’re ready to tackle anything that might be coming our way.
I know a lot of you guys were like me and simply just reacting to the pain of frequent heartburn by keeping a bottle of antacid tablets handy. It’s time to ditch those antacids and embrace a solution to frequent heartburn.
Food items such as pasta with tomato sauce can be a challenge for those who experience frequent heartburn and so I plan ahead with Prilosec OTC instead of being reactionary with antacids. Occasionally dining on these food items - especially those that are fatty, spicy, as well as others such as alcohol or even some pastas play havoc on your digestive system and avoiding them is the first step in helping to avoid heartburn. That doesn’t mean that you can just eat anything or pig out – Prilosec OTC can help you treat your frequent heartburn that can be a response to the foods that you love to eat and it’s designed to be taken for 14 days.
While antacids are good at stopping periodic heartburn once it happens, Prilosec OTC is designed to help stop frequent heartburn before it happens and specifically provide relief for those that suffer from frequent heartburn. That means I can avoid worrying about trigger foods because Prilosec OTC works to help eliminate the problem before it starts.*
At first this might not sound easy. Like most of you the last thing in the world I want to do is add one more thing to my daily routine. Luckily though, Prilosec OTC should only be taken as part of a 14-day course of treatment and I only need to take it when I suffer from frequent heartburn - described by the manufacturer as twice or more per week.
The reality is that this is a lot easier than the alternative. Frequent heartburn is no fun. When it happens once or twice a year it is annoying but can be handled with other solutions. However, when it happens as a regular reaction to fatty foods, spicy foods, alcohol etc. then it can cause more than just a nuisance.
In the past, heartburn was just a part of life – something I could avoid through sacrifice or use antacids to reduce the symptoms after the fact. Not only was this a painful problem but it impacted my sleep and that in turn impacted my attitude … a guy with lack of sleep and pain in his chest isn’t going to be the friendliest guy at the party! (or at work)
Prilosec OTC can be purchased in pharmacies and retailers around the country. It’s available over the counter, without a doctor’s prescription – though it’s a good idea to let your doctor know that you are taking it as well as the severity of your frequent heartburn so that they can keep an eye on it too.
* It’s possible when taking Prilosec OTC. Use as directed for 14 days to treat frequent heartburn. Do not take for more than 14 days or more often than every 4 months unless directed by a doctor. Not for immediate relief.
- Written by James Hills
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