Getting relief from heartburn at night
Yes, experiencing heartburn at night is a huge inconvenience. But not to worry. A few changes to your diet and lifestyle may be what you need. Here are a few handy tips that have been shown to help.
Below are some different types of medications you can use to treat heartburn at night.5
like Eno, these work by neutralising the acid in your stomach (gastric acid) and they tend to provide relief very quickly.
H2-receptor antagonists (H2RAs)
These are designed to reduce the amount of gastric acid you produce. They don’t work as quickly as antacids, but the effects may last longer.
Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs)
These work in a similar way to H2RAs, but they are more powerful and therefore may be more effective if your symptoms are more severe.
Most antacids are available straight from your pharmacy, but you may need a prescription for H2RAs or PPIs.
Please see your doctor if your symptoms worry you, or if you try any of these treatments and they don't work or you find that you need them on a regular basis.
When to see a doctor
If your symptoms don’t improve after trying dietary and lifestyle changes or antacids, please talk to your doctor.
You should also make an appointment with your doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms, as they may indicate other underlying conditions:6
- Heartburn that occurs two or more times a week
- Difficulty swallowing
- Persistent nausea or vomiting
- Weight loss because of poor appetite or difficulty eating
- Chest pain associated with exercise and exertion
Where to find out more
We hope these hints will help you get relief from heartburn at night and other symptoms of acidity at night. A good night’s sleep not only helps you prepare for the day ahead, it is also so important for your general health and wellbeing.
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- Mayo Clinic. Heartburn. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research 2018. Retrieved from: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heartburn/symptoms-causes/syc-20373223
- A Comparison of the Effect of Regular ENO and Placebo on Intragastric pH in Healthy Fasted Subjects . Does not imply relief.