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Antacids

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Antacids Gaviscon Adult

Antacids - What is it for

​Antacids are a group of medicines which work by lowering the acidity in your stomach. This will relieve symptoms of heartburn, gastric reflux and indigestion. These medicines may be available over-the-counter without a prescription. Antacids may be found in either liquid or tablet form. They may contain ingredients such as:

  • Aluminum
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Sodium bicarbonate

Antacids - Additional Information

​Signs that your condition may require further medical attention include:

  • Shortness of breath, hoarseness, wheezing, teeth erosion and ear infection
  • Pain on swallowing, swallowing difficulty, blood in the stools or vomit, chest pain, unintended weight loss and jaundice (yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes)
  • Heartburn symptoms occurring for more than 3 times a week with significant impact on quality of life
  • Heartburn symptoms continuing for more than 2 weeks despite self-treatment
  • Heartburn symptoms continuing for over 3 months regardless of self-treatment
  • You are over 40 years old and experiencing heartburn symptoms for the first time
  • Tags: Antacids
  • Updated on Tuesday, December 31, 2019
  • Article contributed by PSS National Medication Information Workgroup PSS National Medication Information Workgroup

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