GERD and Heartburn Medications
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What Is Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)/Heartburn?
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a condition that causes the esophagus to become irritated and inflamed because acid (gastric juices) from the stomach and also duodenal juices (for example, bile, pancreatic secretions) leak back or reflux into the esophagus.
Heartburn is an uncomfortable but common feeling of burning or warmth in the chest. Although the burning associated with heartburn is felt in the chest, it has nothing to do with the heart. Instead, heartburn is a typical symptom due to GERD.
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