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how is milk considered an antacid?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Alkaline: Milk has an alkaline ph. Therefore, by definition, it is the antithesis of acid - an antacid. This helps neutralize some acid.

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A 47-year-old member asked:

What happens if you take too many antiacid tablets?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Here are side effect: From taking too many antacids. The least important side effects are constipation or diarrhea. Large amounts of calcium carbonate-containing antacids can affect the balances of calcium and acid in the body and damage the kidneys. Calcium-containing antacids also can stimulate acid secretion even though initially they neutralize acid.Occasional use and regular use usually safe.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Why can't you take antiacids when you are taking captopril?

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Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 31 years experience
See Below: Antacids may decrease Captopril levels therefore decreasing its effectiveness.Captopril should be given 1 hour before or 4 hours after an antacid to avoid these issues.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Is it unhealthy to use antacids?

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Psychiatry 32 years experience
Antacids: If use on prn (as needed) basis & not exceeding recommended daily dose, no problem.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Why do doctors keep prescribing antacids?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Antacid pros & cons: Many antacids work by neutralizing acid in your stomach. Some contain simethicone that helps break up gas bubbles in your stomach. One floats on top of acid so it "coats" as the acid is refluxed. In any case, antacids must be taken multiple times a day to keep acid neutralized, and benefits are short-lived. Magnesium-containing ones can promote diarrhea; calcium-containing ones can increase acid!
A 36-year-old member asked:

What are some well-known antacid brands?

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Dr. Shabbir Hossain
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Calcium carbonate?: Calcium carbonate ie Tums (calcium carbonate) is a common one. It's good for quick relief. And you get calcium!

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