When you eat, acid is produced by proton pumps in your stomach. This acid helps digest food. Sometimes acid escapes the stomach into the esophagus, which has no protective lining. When this happens, you experience a burning sensation that rises from your chest, to your neck and throat. This is heartburn and it can be quite painful. There are three main overthecounter treatments for heartburn. Antacids neutralize stomach acid, but only work for 13 hours, so they must be taken often. H2 Antagonists block one of three singles that tells your body to produce acid.
They typically last 812 hours but if taken more than a few days in a row, they can become less effective. Nexium 24HR is a PPI for proton pump inhibitor PPI’s work different and are the only treatment specifically approved for frequent heartburn PPI’s work different and are the only treatment specifically approved for frequent heartburn which is heartburn that occurs 2 or more days a week. PPI’s stop heartburn by turning off many of the pumps that produce acid. When taken each morning as directed, Nexium 24HR gives you a 24hour protection from frequent heartburn.