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Heartburn can be uncomfortable, but can also be easily treated with medication. If over-the-counter remedies aren't working, Rosemary's doctors can help identify a heartburn treatment plan for you.

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About heartburn

Heartburn, also known as acid reflux or GORD (gastro-oesophageal reflux disease), presents as a burning pain in your chest, usually after you eat.

What causes heartburn?

Heartburn can be caused by food triggers, stress and anxiety, smoking, overeating or medications such as anti-inflammatories, some anti-depressants and some blood pressure drugs.

What are the symptoms of heartburn?

Common heartburn symptoms include:

  • A burning feeling in the chest when lying down, usually after eating
  • A burning feeling after consuming certain foods
  • Bloating and upper abdominal discomfort
  • A foul sour taste in the mouth
  • Frequent burping, coughing and nausea
  • A small amount of acid or vomit travelling from your stomach to your mouth or the back of your throat

If you’re unsure whether the pain you’re experiencing is heartburn or a heart attack, seek medical assistance immediately by calling triple zero (000).

How do you treat heartburn?

There are a variety of over-the-counter and prescription medications that can treat reflux, as well as lifestyle changes that can help manage your heartburn symptoms. The treatment your Rosemary doctor prescribes will depend on severity, frequency of symptoms and your lifestyle.

Heartburn can be treated with over-the-counter remedies like antacids as well as prescription medication like proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) and histamine-2 blockers.

Treatment usually lasts between 4 to 12 weeks. During this time your online doctor will follow up with you to see how your treatment and symptoms are progressing.

How it works

Rosemary takes care of everything from online health assessments to medication delivery and free ongoing care.
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Report your symptoms to an Australian licensed online doctor.
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Contact your Rosemary doctor to report progress on your treatment.
Dr Ai Nhi Bui Australia online doctor
Dr. Ai Nhi Bui
FRACGP, MB.BS (University of Sydney), B.Med Sc (University of NSW)

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Our doctors will prescribe a personalised heartburn treatment plan that suits your individual needs. All treatment plans come with unlimited follow-ups so you can chat to your doctor about your progress whenever you need.

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Can reflux be cured?

Depending on the cause, it is possible for reflux to be cured. However, relapses in symptoms are common.

What are common heartburn treatment side effects?

Heartburn medications can cause any of the following: fatigue, tiredness, headaches, dizziness, abdominal upset, sweating, rash, swelling, hives, blurred vision, palpitations, seizures, sore throat, dry mouth, flu like symptoms, insomnia, constipation, diarrhoea.

How long do I need to be on treatment?

It depends on what medication you are prescribed. Antacids are taken as required. Proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) are typically taken for an initial period of 4 weeks to treat any oesophagitis or gastritis, but can be taken for up to 12 weeks in some cases with the aim of achieving proper healing of the esophageal tissue. Once this has been achieved, PPIs can be taken on an ‘as needed’ basis. Your Rosemary doctor will help identify the treatment that is most appropriate for your needs.

What lifestyle changes can I make to improve my reflux?

Lifestyle changes you can adopt to help manage your heartburn symptoms include:

  • Eating smaller and more frequent meals, rather than large meals
  • Avoiding eating too late at night
  • Removing trigger foods from your diet, such as alcohol, spicy foods, carbonated drinks, citrus, etc.
  • Losing weight if you are overweight or obese
  • Quitting smoking
  • Avoiding tight clothing

Do treatments become less effective over time or with frequent use?

No. Your Rosemary doctor will help identify the best treatment plan to manage your heartburn and acid reflux symptoms both in the short-term and long-term.

When do I need investigation?

Further investigation will be required if you present with symptoms like weight loss, bloody stools or vomiting. If you’ve been using PPIs over a long period of time or your treatment is failing or if your doctor flags any diagnostic uncertainty in relation to your condition, then further investigation may be needed.

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