General Heartburn Information and Related Conditions
What is Heartburn?
Heartburn is a symptom of gastro-oesophageal reflux
and can cause a burning pain in the chest
rising up to the throat. Heartburn is caused by food and
acid from the stomach washing back into the oesophagus
that can also result in an unpleasant sour taste (acid
What is frequent heartburn?
Heartburn that occurs two or more times a week.
What’s the difference between heartburn and acid reflux?
When food and acid from the stomach contents wash back
up into the oesophagus, this is called acid reflux. Heartburn
is the most common name for the burning pain in the chest
rising up to the throat that you feel when this happens.
What are common symptoms of frequent heartburn?
Heartburn can vary from person to person, but most
describe it as a burning pain in the chest rising up to the
throat. If you experience heartburn two or more times per
week, this is frequent heartburn. People with frequent
heartburn are also more likely to experience one or more of
the other potential effects listed below:
- A burning pain in the chest area, the back of the throat or throughout the oesophagus.
- Disturbances in sleep.(2)
- A sour or unpleasant taste or fluid in the back of the
throat or mouth.
- Preoccupation about setting off heartburn again.
- Or frustrated over how frequent heartburn
disrupts your life.
Why does my heartburn get worse at night?
Heartburn is caused by stomach acid rising up into the oesophagus. When you lie down in bed, this can make it easier for acid to escape the stomach and to irritate the oesophagus lining, causing a burning pain in the chest rising
up to the throat.
Are there certain foods that cause heartburn?
Not everyone has the same heartburn triggers. Some
people find that spicy or acidic food brings on their
heartburn, while others have alcohol or fizzy drinks as a
trigger. Other possibilities are rich or fatty foods, like
chocolate. And simply eating a large meal, or eating too late
at night, can be a cause.
Why does my frequent heartburn come back after I’ve taken an antacid?
Antacids are heartburn treatments designed to give
temporary relief from heartburn. They work by neutralising
the stomach acid already produced, but don’t target acid
production, so they may need to be taken repeatedly to
maintain their effect.
What are some lifestyle choices I can make every day to help reduce heartburn?
There are several lifestyle choices, which can contribute to reducing heartburn symptoms.
Reduce stress: Stress can contribute to heartburn.
Exercise regularly: It will help you manage stress and keep you healthier overall. Exercising also helps you sleep better.
Control portions: Decrease the size of portions at mealtimes.
Stop smoking: Smoking relaxes the valve at the top of your stomach, allowing excess stomach acid to reflux into your
Who can take Nexium® 24HR?
Frequent heartburn sufferers who need lasting symptomatic
relief from frequent heartburn and stomach acid complaints
due to gastro-oesophageal reflux.
Can Nexium® 24HR be used by pregnant women or while breastfeeding?
Do not take Nexium® 24HR if you are pregnant unless your doctor says so. Ask your doctor about the risks and benefits involved. It is not known if it is safe for you to take
Nexium® 24HR while you are pregnant. It may affect your baby. Do not take Nexium® 24HR if you are breastfeeding. Ask your doctor for more information. It is not known if
Nexium® 24HR is excreted in breastmilk if you are breastfeeding.
How does Nexium® 24HR work?
Nexium® 24HR is a Proton Pump Inhibitor or PPI. PPIs target
acid production at the source reducing the amount of acid
made by your stomach.
What if I miss my dose of Nexium® 24HR?
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember, and then go back to taking it as you would normally.
If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and take your next dose when you are meant to. Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose that you missed.
How should I take Nexium® 24HR?
Swallow tablet whole with a glass of water. For information
about how to take Nexium® 24HR please read the
Consumer Medicine Information leaflet
Does Nexium® 24HR have any side effects?
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects.
For information about side effects please read
the Consumer Medicine Information leaflet.
Does Nexium® 24HR interfere with digestion?
Nexium® 24HR should not interfere with your ability to
digest food normally. However if you do experience
indigestion please consult your doctor.
For 24-hour protection from heartburn5
About Nexium® 24HR
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