What are the best antacids to take?
Examples of antacids include:
- Milk of Magnesia.
- Alternagel, Amphojel.
- Gaviscon, Gelusil, Maalox, Mylanta, Rolaids.
There are 3 types of heartburn medication: antacids such as Maalox, Mylanta, and Tums; H2 (histamine) receptor antagonists such as ranitidine (Zantac), famotidine (Pepcid), and cimetidine (Tagamet); and proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) such as omeprazole (Prilosec), pantoprazole (Protonix), lansoprazole (Prevacid),
- By the way, doctor: Does long-term use of Prilosec cause stomach cancer? One worry is that ongoing use of PPIs might mask symptoms of gastric cancer or infection with H. pylori, a bacterium that can cause heartburn, stomach ulcers, and an increased risk for stomach cancer.
- Omeprazole and Lansoprazole are in a class of drugs commonly known as prescription antacids, but technically they are known as 'Proton Pump Inhibitors' or PPI's, for their effects on the acid generating 'proton pumps' of the stomach. While there is no doubt that Acid Reflux Medication such as: Omeprazole.
- Tums (Calcium carbonate) gives quick relief for heartburn, but does not last all day. Zantac 75 (ranitidine) works well to relieve heartburn symtoms and is quite tolerable. You can take it in combination with a quick-acting antacid (like Maalox or Tums) if you need relief right away.
Updated: 2nd October 2019