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How do antacids relieve heartburn?

Keri Peterson, MD
Internal Medicine

If that pepperoni pizza you had for dinner doesn't agree with you, you probably have a low-risk remedy in your cupboard already. To learn how antacids relieve heartburn, watch this video featuring internal medicine specialist and Dr. Oz Show guest Keri Peterson.


Antacids help to minimize the symptoms of heartburn and acid reflux by neutralizing the acidity in your stomach. They usually give you quick, short-term relief and are often the first medicine recommended for heartburn. Many over-the-counter medications are combinations of several different antacids.

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