Hi toya. Like rheada said, certain foods can trigger acid reflux, a burning sensation in the chest. Common foods that can worsen symptoms include onions, tomato sauce, chocolate, carbonated drinks, spicy foods and foods with a high fat content.
Certain medications, such as antacids are available over-the-counter to reduce heartburn symptoms. But if your heartburn is severe, or if you experience it a couple times a week, it's best to see your doctor--the acid reflux could be a symptom of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), a common and very treatable condition.
Watching your diet is the most important treatment for acid reflux. Different foods will bother people differently. I have to stay away from Pepsi but I can eat spicy foods. Keep some Antacids on hand and take one as soon as you feel heart burn starting. If it is bad you should be checked by a doctor to avoid esophageal cancer and more complications.
Gaviscon is the best thing to take if you are having an active acid reflux attack. It works by staying on top of your stomach. Instead of acid coming through your esophogus, the Gaviscon comes up & protects your esophogus. It is very different than Maalox or Mylanta or the like. There are many maintenance OTC medicines that can help as well like Prilosec, Pepcid & Pepcid Plus. If you are having attacks you should ask your Dr. what is best for you-he or she may suggest a prescription medication. A Pharmacist can help greatly, too. I hope you feel better soon!
Over the counter at your local drug store or grocery store you can find Pepcid, Zantac, and other OTCs. I would suggest buying the no-name brand or store brand equivalent to one of these. They are cheaper and the same medicine is in the generic brand. You can ask the pharmacist for the generic brand of which ever one you want to try if you can not find it. There are also liquids such as Malox that is for acid reflux. If you have acid reflux more than just occasionally, you should also talk to your family doctor about it. Stay away from spicey foods, carbonated drinks such as pepsi and coke products, onions, black pepper, lettuce (doesn't digest well) or at least while you are experiencing the problem. Taking one of these medicines BEFORE you eat foods that bring on acid reflux or heartburn is also a good way of treating the problem Before it begins. Prilosic usually takes longer to work and is more for the person that the doctor would have them taking it every day. It is time released. So, I would try one of the others first.
Acid reflux is usually caused from a lack of the good digestive juices. They are being slowly killed off by our horrible diets and the polluted water ie chlorinated water which kills off all bacteria in the water including our good bacteria in our stomach. To make sure that is your problem (acid reflux from a damaged digestive) system try this: the next time you have an acid reflux episode take a spoonful of apple cider vinegar. If the symptoms go away, you have a lack of digestive enzymes in your system. Then go to a health food store and pick up digestive enzymes an follow the label. It won't happen over night, as a rule of thumb it will take about one month for every year you have had the problem to fix the deficiency. Live food such as raw fruits and veggies have enzymes that make for easy digestion but dead food (cooked food) has killed those enzymes so when eating cooked food it us a good idea to supplement with dg's then.