Antacids of Prilosec

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Antacids used in lab are all weak bases that work by neutralizing acid in the stomach. These provide short-term relief and work well for people with occasional heartburn from overeating. But for people with chronic acid indigestion, a longer term solution may be needed. For these people a drug like Prilosec works better. Prilosec and other drugs in the same family are referred to as proton pump inhibitors. What do you think is the reason behind the persistent heart burn? How do you think these prescription medications work as compared to a simple antacid? What would be the advantage of such a drug? Would they work for everyone?

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