Harvard Men's Health Watch

Is your heartburn pill working for you?

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For optimal results, you need to take your medication regularly and time it correctly to your meals.

Have you tried to cool the burning discomfort of heartburn with medication and failed to get full relief? If so, a few simple adjustments to optimize your treatment may be all you need.

"The most important thing is to look at how you are taking the medication," says Dr. Walter Chan, director of the Gastrointestinal Motility Center at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital. "For people who come in with continuing symptoms despite treatment, one of the most common things I see is that they are not using medications properly."

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