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Heartburn FAQs (cont.)

What happens if I stop treatment?

Most cases of heartburn are treated effectively with lifestyle modifications, antacids, or prescription drugs. However, relapse is common when treatment is stopped. Serious complications, such as bleeding or difficulty swallowing, are rare. Other possible problems caused by acid back-up include inflammation of the throat, voice box, and airways. If left untreated for years, chronic heartburn has been said to lead to cancer of the esophagus.

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