Heartburn medications comparison chart
HOW THEY WORK
Over-the-counter medications ap-
pear in italic type.
• Sodium bicarbonate–based (Alka-
, Bromo Seltzer ®
• Calcium-based (Alka-2 ®
• Aluminum-based (AlternaGEL®
)• Combination of active ingredients
, Mylanta ®
, Rolaids ®
• Famotidine (Pepcid ® AC
• Partially block production of acid
Over the counter H2 Blockers
• Cimetidine (Tagamet
• Nizatidine (Axid®, Axid AR®
• Ranitidine hydrochloride (Zantac
Prescription H2 Blockers
• Short-term treatment of
symptomatic gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
esophagitis (longer duration/higher daily dosages)
HOW THEY WORK
appear in italic type.
• Treatment of heartburn and GERD • By prescription
tract to contract, resulting in faster emptying of the stomach
• Omeprazole magnesium (Prilosec®, • Inhibit stomach acid production by OTC PPI
deactivating the acid pumps in the • Treatment of frequent heartburn—
atic GERD — that is, heartburn associated with GERD.
*Consult a health-care professional for advice if you have taken medication as directed and heartburn continues.
*Brand names are registered trademarks of their respective owners.
Alka-Seltzer® is a registered trademark of Bayer HealthCare LLC. Bromo Seltzer® is a registered trademark of Numark Laboratories. Alka-2® is a registered trademark of Bayer HealthCare LLC. Titralac™ is a registered trademark of the 3M Company. Tums® is a registered trademark of GlaxoSmithKline. Milk of Magnesia® is a registered trademark of Bayer HealthCare LLC. AlternaGEL® is a registered trademark of Johnson & Johnson-Merck Consumer Pharmaceuticals Co. Gelusil® is a registered trademark of Pfizer, Inc. Maalox® is a registered trademark of Novartis Consumer Health Inc. Mylanta® is a registered trademark of Johnson & Johnson-Merck Consumer Pharmaceuticals Co. Rolaids® is a registered trademark of McNeil-PPC, Inc. Pepto-Bismol® is a registered trademark of Procter & Gamble. Gaviscon® is a registered trademark of GlaxoSmithKline, Inc. Pepcid® AC, Maximum Strength Pepcid® AC and Pepcid® Complete are registered trademarks of Johnson & Johnson-Merck Consumer Pharmaceuticals Co. Tagamet®, Tagamet HB® are registered trademarks of GlaxoSmithKline, Inc. Axid® is a registered trademark of GlaxoSmithKline, Inc. Axid AR® is a registered trademark of Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Zantac® and Zantac 75® are registered trademarks of Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Reglan® Oral Tablets is a registered trademark of Alaven Pharmaceutical LLC. Prilosec® and Prilosec OTC® are registered trademarks of Procter & Gamble. Prevacid® is a registered trademark of TAP Pharmaceutical Products Inc. Aciphex® is a registered trademark of Eisai Company, Ltd., Tokyo, Japan. Protonix® is a registered trademark of Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. Nexium® is a registered trademark of AstraZeneca, LLC.
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