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Treating Heartburn and GERD (AGA)

Campaign Series: Choosing Wisely
Medical Category: Drugs
Article Type: Advice
Language: Plain English, Spanish
Affiliation: American Gastroenterological Association
Format: HTML, PDF
Most recent update: 04/20/2017
If you have heartburn, or a feeling of burning pain in your upper abdomen or lower chest, you might be tempted to try a powerful drug called a proton pump inhibitor. This can be a good choice for severe or frequent heartburn. But in most cases it isn't necessary.