Monday, January 7

When to seek medical advice

Most problems with heartburn are fleeting and mild. But if you have severe or frequent discomfort, you may be developing complications that need more intensive medical treatment and prescription medications. Talk to your doctor if you have:

  • Heartburn several times a week
  • Heartburn that returns soon after your antacid wears off
  • Heartburn that wakes you up at night

You may need further medical care, possibly even surgery, if you experience any of these:

  • Symptoms that persist even though you're taking prescription heartburn medications
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Regurgitated blood or black material
  • Stool that's black
  • Weight loss

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