What Is This Medicine Used For?
treat stomach acidity by neutralizing gastric hydrochloric acid or preventing
the secretion of acid. Antacids can be used to treat:
- symptoms of acid reflux
What Precautions Should I Be Aware Of?
can have laxative (bowel-loosening) or constipating effects. They can lead to alkalosis, a condition in which too
little acid prevents the body from functioning properly.
How Should I Use This Medicine?
Antacids are taken orally,
usually in a tablet or liquid form.
What Side Effects May I Experience?
people have reported allergic reactions to antacids. Antacids can also increase
the risk of developing sensitivity to certain foods and have been linked to
possible bone fracture.
use of antacids can lead to an overdose on calcium carbonate with magnesium, two
common ingredients in many antacids.
How Should I Store This Medicine?
Store in a
cool, dry place or at room temperature.
Other Names/Brand Names
antacids aluminum hydroxide and magnesium hydroxide are often used together to
relieve stomach issues.
- Talk to
your doctor. An upset stomach could actually be gastroesophageal reflux
disease (GERD) or a peptic ulcer. Antacids can only soothe some of the symptoms
of acid reflux disease and peptic ulcers, not cure them. Your doctor can walk
you through available treatments for these conditions.
medical attention. Some heart attacks can mimic stomach pains. If you
think you may be experiencing a heart attack, don’t wait to see if antacids
might help. Get help immediately.
- Be aware
of the ingredients in your antacid. Many antacids contain calcium,
which could lead to excessive intake.
- Know your
medications. H2-receptor blocker medications such as Pepcid AC can
reduce acid production, and proton-pump inhibiting (PPI) medications such as
Prevacid 24HR can block acid production and heal the esophagus.
Be aware of drug interactions. Antacids can interact with tetracyclines and