Answer: False. Drugs exist for all heartburn sufferers. Aluminum, magnesium and calcium based antacids neutralize acid that has already been produced by the stomach. Over-the-counter (OTC) H2 blockers decrease acid secretion and the single available OTC proton pump inhibitor completely blocks acid production and are effective for patients with mild heartburn. Patients with frequent or more severe heartburn should be evaluated by a physician before self-prescribing potent medications such as a proton pump blocker. The physician may recommend further testing or a prescription proton pump blocker.
6. Going to sleep on an empty stomach can trigger heartburn.
Answer: False. Eating and then lying down can trigger heartburn.