Harvard Men's Health Watch

Are you stuck on heartburn medications?

Taper off heartburn medications if you are willing to make lifestyle changes to prevent the problem from coming back.

To any man once tormented by frequent heartburn from stomach acid backing up, not taking your daily tablet of omeprazole (Prilosec) or lansoprazole (Prevacid) might seem like a bad idea. These and similar drugs, known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), are the foundation of treatment for chronic acidic heartburn, also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

But some men with GERD may be able to leave their heartburn pills behind. That means one less pill to take—two if you must take them twice a day. It also means lower costs and less of a chance of unwanted side effects. Once off the PPI, you could go back to taking antacids only when you need them.

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