Review of Evens for Heartburn and Acid Reflux

Review: Evens for Heart Burn (GERD) and Acid Reflux

You know that painful burn that bubbles up after inhaling a bucket of spicy chicken? I feel it almost every time I apply hot sauce these days. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, imagine the sensation in your chest after chugging one too many La Croix at the office, except 10x the sizzle. Regardless, acid reflux is not a fun feeling.

Also commonly known as heartburn or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), acid reflux affects more than a quarter of Americans. And if you’re like most, you probably forget your antacids at home or in the car more often than not.

 

Evens is a new direct-to-consumer brand that wants to make it easier than ever to get personalized, affordable heartburn (GERD) or acid reflux treatment on your schedule. Whether you’re looking for short-term (AKA right after those nachos) or long-term relief, Evens helps you create an FDA-approved treatment plan that’s specific to your needs and delivered right to your door.

 

How is it different than traditional antacids or other over the counter remedies, and is it worth it? Read on to find out.

What causes acid reflux in the first place?

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Maybe you’re a first timer to the joys tortue of acid reflux – if so, welcome to the club of spicy food, cheese, and alcohol lovers. Acid reflux can be caused by a number of things, but what it comes down to is what’s called a hiatal hernia, which is quite a mouthful.

 

A hiatal hernia is what happens when your stomach bulges (herniates) up into your esophagus. The discomfort comes as acid flows backwards into your esophagus, causing an icky throat burn. Symptoms of acid reflux include heartburn, dry cough, nausea, and a weird feeling that there’s a lump in your throat when there actually isn’t — perhaps just the ghost of last night’s midnight snack.

Okay – I need relief. How do heartburn treatments work?

Although treatments for heartburn or acid reflux have been around for years, Evens offers a comprehensive lineup of five acid reflux relief medications — both over-the-counter remedies and prescription meds. Once you’ve selected your treatment, everything gets delivered right to your door, on whichever schedule you choose, so you can remain heartburn free without ever having to leave your house.

 

Say you need an antacid every day around lunchtime? Evens will set you up with a plan so that you’ll never run out when you need it most.

 

If you choose a treatment that requires a prescription, you’ll need to meet with an Evens doctor for a consultation via web. This is just to review other medications you’re taking and to accurately diagnose and treat your acid reflux. The virtual visit costs $30, and if you have follow-up questions, they have a partner pharmacy you can call any time.

What kind of treatments does Evens offer for acid reflux and GERD?

When it comes to treating acid reflux, most of us probably think of candy-colored, chalky pills that don’t taste great but do the job. Evens offers alternatives, including longer-term treatment options that help stave off acid reflux in the first place, not just treat heartburn in the moment. 

 

For people who suffer every time they go out to eat, that’s a game changer. Like many other embarrassing or taboo conditions, GERD isn’t one that many people bring up with their doctor. Evens makes it easy to get prescription strength acid reflux meds without the awkward face to face with your physician. And if you’re already using drugs like Nexium.

 

Here’s a handy chart outlining all of Evens treatments:

Evens Treatment for Acid Reflux

Evens Treatments for Acid Reflux

Antacids
Generic Tums®
Esomeprazole
Generic Nexium®
Omeprazole
Generic Prilosec®
What does it do?Neutralizes your stomach
acid to provide instant relief.
Prevents
symptoms by stopping acid production.
Reduces acid
production for long-term relief.
Cost

OTC (750 mg) – $5/month (60 count)

First order FREE

OTC (20mg) – $21/6 weeks

Rx (40 mg) – $35/month

First order FREE

OTC (20mg) – $21/6 weeks

Rx (40 mg) – $35/month

First order FREE

Comparison CostTums (750 mg) – $6.49 per bottle (96 count)

Nexium (20mg) – $27.

Nexium (40 mg) – ~$40 per box (42 count)

Prilosec (20mg) – $27.99 per box (42 count)
Type of MedicationTabletTabletCapsule
Preventative?✖️✔️✔️
How to take itChew 2-4 tabletsTake once per day with water.Take once per day with water.
When to take itTake after eating or when symptoms start to appearFor best results, take it 30-60 minutes before your morning meal.For best results, take it 30-60 minutes before your morning meal.
Dairy-free?✔️✔️✔️
Vegan?✔️✖️✖️
Kosher?✖️✖️✖️
Safe for pregnant women?✔️
*Consult your doctor before taking
✔️
*Consult your doctor before taking
✔️
*Consult your doctor before taking

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Comparing acid reflux treatments: What’s the difference between antacids, esomeprazole, and omeprazole?

Antacids

What are antacids? Essentially a science experiment for adults that you’ll never see the reaction to. But you’ll feel it!

 

As their name suggests, antacids work to neutralize stomach acid. They relieve acid reflux symptoms by relying on the basic chemical principle of acids and bases. When you add a base that contains alkali — an antacid — to acid, which are juices in your stomach that work to breakdown foods, the two react to produce salt and water. The water helps neutralize your stomach, reduce acidity, and thus alleviate discomfort.

 

As you probably know, antacids are almost always in a chalky substance because they contain at least one of the following ingredients, all with varying abilities to neutralize acid:

  • Sodium bicarbonate: The main ingredient in baking soda, with a low acid-neutralizing power.
  • Aluminum hydroxide: Possesses a modest acid-neutralizing power.
  • Magnesium hydroxide: Possesses a high acid-neutralizing power.
  • Calcium carbonate: The main ingredient in chalk, with a very high acid-neutralizing power.

Esomeprazole and Omeprazole

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), aka esomeprazole and omeprazole, are an alternative way to treat acid reflux disease. They work over the long run by reducing the amount of acid your stomach produces. They come in pill form that you take daily in the morning, again to support the reduction of acid.

 

Did you know your stomach starts creating acid before you even eat? And when you do start stuffing your face and expanding your stomach, its acid pumps are activated and outpours a waterfall of acid.  PPIs help reduce the acid production by blocking these waterfall-like pumps, thus reducing your symptoms. 

 

PPIs are intended for long-term relief for people who experience chronic heartburn (at least two times per week). These meds are generally effective, but typically only prescribed for patients who have tried antacids, lifestyle changes, and at-home remedies to no avail. 

 

Between the two of PPIs, esomeprazole and omeprazole, the main difference is that esomeprazole comes in a tablet (and is a bit more expensive), while omeprazole comes in an encapsulated pill form. So while the treatments are essentially the same in terms of how they work and their expected effectiveness in treating acid reflux, your preference may vary based on budget and in-take preference.

What are other common treatments for GERD besides Zantac?

Another popular way of treating acid reflux / GERD is with H2 blockers, such as Zantac and Pepcid AC. H2 blockers, or histamine H2 receptor antagonists, work by blocking histamine,  which is a chemical produced by your body, mostly in the lining of your stomach.

 

When your body releases histamine, it triggers the creation of more acid to help digest your food. H2 blockers stop the additional creation of acid that respond to histamine, and reduce acid in your stomach.

 

While H2 blockers are popular, you may have seen headlines recently that Zantac has been removed from pharmacy shelves around the world due to impurities in the product that could cause cancer.

 

While the drug has not been officially recalled, it’s more important now than ever to be sure to consult a doctor before you move forward with any type of treatment for your acid reflux or heartburn (GERD) symptoms. Evens understands that while off-the-shelf remedies work for many, they are far from perfect, so consulting a physician early (and often) is the best way to stay heartburn-free.

Acid reflux isn’t new. Evens is just creating a new way to treat it.

You’ve been seeing acid reflux commercials, billboards, ads, etc. for years now. Treatments typically used for heartburn (GERD) or acid reflux are becoming ever more familiar. Whether it’s over the counter, like Tums, Alka-Seltzer, or Rolaids, or a prescription like Zantac, Prilosec, or Nexium. There are even plenty of at-home remedies you can try to reduce symptoms without giving up all the delicious foods that cause you pain to begin with.

Why so much focus on acid reflux now?

Evens is out to make it easier than ever to attack acid reflux even before it starts. With so many Americans experiencing symptoms and existing players like Zantac in hot water, it’s not a surprise that companies are coming up with more proactive ways to diagnose and treat acid reflux.

 

Their option to consult with a doctor for just $30 makes it easy to better treat acid reflux, rather than just living in misery with heartburn, or using a reactive remedy like Zantac. By using telehealth, Evens is targeting a younger, tech-savvy demographic that might be less prone to discuss their acid reflux symptoms with a doctor, and more accustomed to ordering everything online.

 

Evens even (😉) has a few awesome promotions going on right now:

 

  • When you buy Omeprazole or Esomeprazole, you get your first bottle free.
  • When you buy their antacid, you also get a free bottle with 60 tablets — an entire month’s supply! — 100% free. With that kind of incentive, I’m honestly not sure why you wouldn’t give Evens a shot.

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While I only suffer the occasional heartburn and haven’t tried Evens treatments myself, I’d recommend taking advantage of their intro offer and receive a free month of antacids (might as well, right?) The team who started Evens is the same group behind Keeps, a reputable DTC telemedicine brand for men focused on hair health.

Thus, this isn’t their first time bringing FDA-regulated prescription medications to market on the web, and just because they are a new brand doesn’t mean they are cutting corners. Quite the opposite, actually!

 

Overall, Evens seems like a fantastic solution for people with chronic acid reflux. If you’re tired  of downing chalky antacids after each glorious pig out, Evens offers a better, more preventative suit of treatments that provide longer-term relief. It’s also a great option if you’re looking for a Zantac alternative.

 

If you’ve tried Evens, let us know about your experience in the comments below!


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