(Washington, D.C., Wednesday, January 29, 2020) –No matter which team you’re cheering for on Super Bowl Sunday, there’s one thing all fans have in common—a penchant for unhealthy food, and too much of it, which can often lead to heartburn.

More than one in four adults experience heartburn at least once a week. Sometimes called acid reflux, heartburn is an uncomfortable or painful burning feeling in your chest or throat that may begin after a meal, then continue a few minutes to many hours.

If you suffer from heartburn symptoms two or more days a week, you have what’s called “frequent heartburn,” and you’re not alone: millions of Americans suffer from frequent heartburn.

Dr. Leiana Oswald, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Roseman University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy, has tips for adults searching for ways to treat their heartburn symptoms after the final play.

SOUNDBITE #1:

SUPER BOWL PARTY FOODS LIKE SODA, ALCOHOL, GREASY AND FRIED FOODS ARE ALL COMMON HEARTBURN TRIGGERS. HEARTBURN IS AN UNCOMFORTABLE OR PAINFUL BURNING FEELING IN YOUR CHEST OR THROAT THAT LASTS FROM A FEW MINUTES TO MANY HOURS. YOU CAN BEGIN TO MANAGE SYMPTOMS LIKE THIS BY MAINTAINING A HEALTHY WEIGHT AND DIET AND NOT SMOKING, BUT THERE ARE ALSO SAFE AND EFFECTIVE OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICINES AND PRESCRIPTION OPTIONS.

SOUNDBITE #2:

IF YOU SUFFER FROM HEARTBURN SYMPTOMS TWO OR MORE DAYS PER WEEK, OVER-THE-COUNTER PROTON PUMP INHIBITORS, OR O-T-C P-P-I-S, PROVIDE A SAFE AND EFFECTIVE OPTION WHEN TAKEN ACCORDING TO THE LABEL—AND THEY ARE THE ONLY NONPRESCRIPTION MEDICINES INDICATED TO HELP TREAT FREQUENT HEARTBURN SYMPTOMS. OTHER TREATMENTS INCLUDE ANTACIDS OR H2 BLOCKERS FOR OCCASIONAL HEARTBURN, AND PRESCRIPTION-STRENGTH P-P-I-S FOR CHRONIC HEARTBURN. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, MAKE SURE TO ASK YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST.

For more information about heartburn and digestive health, visit KnowYourOTCs.org.

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