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.
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
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.
Some foods and beverages:
- 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
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.