Heartburn: Heartburn FAQs

Heartburn FAQs

Is heartburn common?

YES. 1/3 of American adults suffer from heartburn at least once a month. And up to 80% of women will experience heartburn when they are pregnant.

What is breakthrough heartburn?

Breakthrough heartburn is heartburn that happens even though you are taking long acting heartburn medication. It is called breakthrough heartburn because it is heartburn that breaks through your medication's heartburn control.

Can children get heartburn?

YES. Children, and even infants, can suffer from heartburn and GERD. If reflux-related symptoms happen regularly and are causing your child discomfort, it's important to talk to your child's doctor.

Are GORD and GERD the same thing?

YES. GERD (Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease) uses the American spelling for the word esophageal. GORD (Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease) uses the European or Canadian spelling of oesophageal. No matter how you spell it, both refer to the same medical problem.

What is Reflux Esophagitis?

Reflux Esophagitis is the medical term for the inflammation of the esophagus as a consequence of frequent heartburn or GERD.

Is food the only cause of heartburn?

NO. Heartburn is actually caused by a problem with the upper digestive system. And while certain foods may trigger heartburn for some people, they are not the reason it happens. Heartburn is a physical problem.

How can TUMS® be both an antacid and a calcium supplement?

TUMS® contains the ingredient calcium carbonate. This ingredient neutralizes stomach acid to relieve heartburn symptoms. Calcium carbonate is also an inexpensive and effective way to get the calcium you need. The FDA recognizes and approves calcium carbonate as both an effective antacid and as a safe and reliable source of calcium.