Living with Heartburn

Nearly a quarter of Canadians experience heartburn daily or more often.

Sometimes, it may take more than lifestyle changes and immediate relief medications to tackle frequent heartburn.* Learn about how you can effectively manage this common condition.

* Frequent heartburn occurs 2 or more days a week.

What’s Heartburn?

Heartburn is a painful burning feeling in your chest that can rise up in your throat.

Also called acid indigestion, heartburn pain:

  • Usually occurs after eating or sometimes at night
  • May worsen when you lie down or bend over
Stomach acid and heartburn

Normally, when you swallow, a circle of muscle at the bottom of your esophagus, the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), relaxes so food and liquid can go into your stomach before it closes again.

If this circle of muscle relaxes at the wrong time or weakens, stomach acid can flow back into your esophagus and cause the burning feeling of heartburn.

Heartburn with coffee
Heartburn with medication
Heartburn with wine
Heartburn with coffee
Heartburn with medication
Heartburn with wine

Risk factors

Some foods and beverages:

  • Alcohol
  • Coffee and other drinks that contain caffeine
  • Fried or fatty foods
  • Spicy or acidic foods
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Citrus fruits
  • Tomato products
  • Chocolate, mints or peppermints
  • Onions

Certain medicines:

Other factors:

OLEX is recommended for adults (18 years and older) to relieve frequent heartburn i.e., heartburn that occurs 2 or more days a week. Frequent heartburn can be a sign of a more serious condition. If your heartburn continues or worsens, talk to your doctor.

*OLEX is not recommended for use during pregnancy or when breast feeding.

Put your Heartburn to the Test!

Click here to access Your OLEX Symptom Diary.