Kirkland Signature? Acid Reducer is an H2 Blocker and Histamine Receptor Antagonist.
These partially block production of acid in the stomach cells by inhibiting histamine, a substance that stimulates secretion of stomach acid. Over-the-counter and prescription H2 blockers relieve heartburn associated with acid indigestion and sour stomach and prevent meal-induced heartburn. These acid reducers generally relieve symptoms for a longer period of time than antacids, but take time to work initially.
Over-the-counter H2 blockers include Ranitidine (brand name: Zantac?) and Famotidine (brand name: Pepcid?). Prescription H2 blockers may provide short-term treatment of symptomatic gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and, with longer duration and higher daily dosages, relief of erosive esophagitis.
Indications: Relieves heartburn associated with acid indigestion and sour stomach also appropriate as a preventive heartburn measure when taken at least an hour before a meal.
Heartburn is a painful, burning sensation in the lower chest or throat that occurs when stomach acid backs up (or 'refluxes') and irritates the sensitive lining of the esophagus. The esophagus is the tube that carries food from the throat to the stomach.
Normally, the lower esophageal sphincter acts like a trapdoor, letting food down into the stomach, while preventing stomach acids from coming back up into the esophagus. When it becomes too relaxed, it can allow stomach acid to flow backward into the esophagus, resulting in heartburn.
Frequent heartburn that goes untreated can increase the risk of developing more serious conditions, such as esophageal damage and throat cancer.
People with frequent heartburn (74% of frequent heartburn sufferers overall) report that certain foods and beverages can trigger their heartburn. According to the survey, acidic foods (41%), spicy foods (32%), rich or fatty foods (24%), caffeinated beverage (16%), alcohol (7%) and dairy products (7%) trigger frequent heartburn episodes. Eating too quickly, overeating / eating large meals and being overweight are also related heartburn triggers.
You may experience worsening or more frequent heartburn if you routinely eat late at night. Try to eat at least 2-3 hours before bedtime so your body has time to digest before you lie down. Also, elevating the head of your bed may provide additional relief. According to a new heartburn incidence survey, 42% of frequent heartburn sufferers report trouble sleeping because of this condition.
The following tips may help ease or prevent frequent heartburn:
? Do not lie flat or bend over after eating
? Do not wear tight-fitting clothing around the stomach
? Do not eat before bedtime
? Raise the head of your bed
? Avoid heartburn-causing foods such as rich, spicy, fatty or fried foods, chocolate, caffeine, alcohol and certain fruits and vegetables
? Eat slowly and avoid big meals
? If overweight, lose weight
? If you smoke, quit smoking