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One word: Gaviscon
None of those will make a difference if you suffer from GORD : Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disorder.
Its when your lower oesophageal sphincter does not close properly, allowing the acid in your stomach to rise up into your esophagus. Prolonged exposure can lead to Oesophageal cancer as the cells in your esophagus try to mutate into stomach cells to deal with the acid.
There are basically only two ways to deal with this, Gaviscon and Rennies will give instant relief but only last 10 minuets or so before its back (and usually worse):
Surgery, they sow the sphincter half closed to prevent the acid from rising, or
Chronic medication like Rani-Hexal or Zantac will reduce the amount of acid in the stomach for up to 12 hours without any major negative effects.
Since the surgery is not covered by medical aid (its considered cosmetic for some bizarre reason) I basically take a Rani-Hexal a day with my multi vits...
Heartburn or Sooibrand(afrikaans)
Been really struggling with heartburn the last couple of years.
It's so bad at times that I can't breath when sleeping. It really takes my breath away(and not in a good way).
isn't heartburn a signal from the body that something is not quite right? diet etc etc, so eating pills will only relieve the symptom. maybe its best to research underlying causes and attending to those issues than popping a pill once or twice a day for the rest of your life