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eeling that annoying burning
sensation in your chest after
enjoying a hearty meal or downing
that morning cup of coffee?
You’re not alone. More than 60 million
Americans have symptoms of heartburn
each month, and an estimated 15 million
people struggle with the ’burn each day,
according to the American College of
The best way to manage your pain
depends on several things, such as how
often you have heartburn symptoms,
whether it plagues you during the
day or more at night, your diet and
“An important thing to understand
is that heartburn doesn’t usually
require medication right away. Lifestyle
modifications can really help,” says
Costco member Dr. Walter Chan,
spokesperson for the American
and assistant professor at Harvard
Losing weight, stopping smoking,
not eating within three to four hours of
bedtime and avoiding heavy meals can
help reduce symptoms.
Avoiding food triggers such as
caffeine, chocolate, citrus fruits such as
lemons and oranges, tomatoes, garlic,
onions, peppermint and spicy foods can
help keep heartburn at bay.
When lifestyle modifications aren’t
enough, medication is the next step.
With so many options, choosing
the right heartburn medication can be
confusing—and downright difficult.
Nicole Harrington, a clinical pharmacy
specialist at Christiana Care Health
System, recommends people first try
Find the right way
by FRIEDA WILEY
will find a wide variety
medications at Costco
and on Costco.com.
can be filled at
Heartburn or GERD?
Your symptoms may
indicate a more serious
condition, such as
disease, or GERD.
• Is your heartburn
worse than it used to be?
• Do your symptoms
include bringing up gas
and small amounts of
food from your stomach
to your mouth?
• Do you wake up at
night with heartburn?
• Have you been having
• Do you continue to
have heartburn symptoms
even after taking non-
If you answered yes
to any of these questions,
your heartburn warrants
attention from a medical