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Ice-cold beers and mouth-watering barbecue co-headlined my Memorial Day Weekend. From the golf course to the backyard, it was all about good food, cold drinks, sunshine, and kickin’ it with family and friends.
Unfortunately, most good food and cold beers come with an unexpected and unwelcomed inconvenience… I’m talking about heartburn. If you’ve ever had heartburn, you know how uncomfortable it can feel – that acidic lava-feeling substance that’s determined to destroy your esophagus.
Now, imagine having that feeling every single day. That’s what I personally deal with and I’m not alone, about 30 million others suffer from frequent heartburn (symptoms that occur at least twice a week). Of course, I could try to live a life without beer, pizza, spices, acidic foods, and more – but is that really, truly living? I say no, a life with pizza and beer ain’t living at all.
Unfortunately, some of my favorite memories from concerts, vacations, and more are accompanied by the vivid recollection of pain and discomfort from heartburn. Last year’s 4th of July was incredible – I saw Dead & Company destroy at Wrigley Field, I had one of the best Cajun craw-fish boils of my life, and at any point in time, I had at least one cold brew in my hand. Unfortunately, I also remember waking up on July 5th to an unforgettable level pain and discomfort from heartburn. I tried every remedy I had but at that point the damage was done, it took a couple days of avoiding alcohol and a lot of good food to get back to normal. Now, I can take a conveniently dissolvable Omeprazole tablet and go about my day.
That was far from the only time heartburn has thrown a wrench in my day-after or night-of plans. Just a few weeks ago I was on a brewery crawl, of course, I had the biggest FOMO when I had to skip a brewery to go buy a short-term solution to my heartburn. And countless times I’ve felt like an all-time nerd, leaving the bar or restaurant to go buy something that offers temporary relief to a problem that wouldn’t let me fully enjoy a night out with friends. If you’ve had heartburn, you know it is not a type of pain you can ignore or just “toughen up” because it quite literally eats away your comfort. I shouldn’t have to choose between a fun night out or skipping a couple slices of pizza because I suffer from frequent heartburn. Nor should I have to plan my life around a pharmacy in case my heartburn gets too uncomfortable.
So, really, what are my options for relief from frequent heartburn?
1. Immediate, short-term relief – I can take a handful of pills a day that treat heartburn for a quick but short amount of time. No thanks.
2. Pricey heartburn pills – I can take expensive medication that requires me to take at least 1-2 pills every day. Unfortunately, I’m not made of money and don’t like taking pills. So – that’s a no for me, dawg.
3. A Once-Daily, Dissolvable Tablet – Thankfully there is a new, affordable, and effective option that is unrivaled when it comes to convenience: Omeprazole Orally Disintegrating Tablets, aka Omeprazole ODT. The tablet melts right on your tongue without needing any water.
Now I can wake up, pop a dissolvable strawberry-flavored tablet for 24-hour relief, and live my life without avoiding some of my favorite things, like pizza and beer. Having the burden of avoiding foods or carrying multiple pills around was the worst, now I can get relief but without having to take a pill or spend as much money.
Some people may feel relief within 24 hours, though heads up that Omeprazole ODT is not intended for immediate relief and may take 1-4 days to feel the full effect. One dose taken every 24 hours for 14 days is the full course of treatment. Also: You shouldn’t take this medication for more than 14 days, or more often than every four months, unless directed by your doctor.
In addition to taking a convenient, dissolvable daily tablet of Omeprazole I try to remember the following couple tips for avoiding heartburn:
- Eat Smaller Meals – Eating large meals and getting super full puts more pressure on your stomach, making reflux and heartburn a lot more likely. So, if you can, try to eat 5 small meals across the day instead of 3 big meals.
- Don’t Eat Or Drink Before Bed – This one is simple, use gravity to keep your acid down. Eating or drinking then laying down within a couple hours makes it easier for reflux to take place and the effects of heartburn to kick in.
- Avoid Fatty, Spicy, Acidic Food – This one sucks but at the end of the day, eating a diet that avoids excess fat and food like tomatoes or citrus will help lower your chances of experiencing discomfort from reflux, GERD, or other heartburn-related symptoms.
At the end of the day, you have to balance your health, comfort, and joy from your favorite food/drinks. There is always a healthy give-and-take to these kinds of things and each bro has to make their own decision on what is right or wrong for their health or discomfort.
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Good luck – may your heartburn and troubles dissolve away.