Your healthcare professional will advise on ways to help with heartburn and indigestion that can happen when you try to stop a PPI. They may prescribe or recommend a different type of medicine called an alginate.
Alginates work by forming a physical barrier at the top of the stomach that can stop the acid getting back out into the oesophagus where it causes pain.
Will I need to take a PPI in the future?
Heartburn and indigestion are quite common and can come and go over time. You might find a few changes to your lifestyle or the way you eat and drink will help keep your symptoms under control. If not, your pharmacist can advise on remedies you can buy to help. If your symptoms become common or troublesome again you should speak to your doctor who may think it necessary to prescribe a PPI again.
Always go straight to your doctor if you experience any of the following:
Signs of blood if you vomit or when you go to the toilet.
Ways to try and avoid heartburn and Indigestion Lots of people get heartburn and indigestion from time and time. Getting to know when you get heartburn and indigestion can allow you to spot the triggers.
If you’re not sure what sets off your heartburn try keeping a food and symptom diary and see if you can spot any patterns. Sometimes it’s not a particular food but a time of day or type of exercise.