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How do proton pump inhibitors relieve heartburn?

Keri Peterson, MD
Internal Medicine

If antacids can't stand up to your heartburn, it may be time to reach for a proton pump inhibitor. In this video, internal medicine specialist and Dr. Oz Show guest Keri Peterson explains how proton pump inhibitors work.


Proton pump inhibitors decrease the production of acid in the stomach, thereby treating the symptoms of heartburn and acid reflux.

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