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A 67-year-old male asked:

i take one alka seltzer tablet every night to help me sleep. are there any health concerns that i should be aware of?

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Dr. Andrew Seibert
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Yes: Alka-Seltzer contains aspirin as its active ingredient. Although most people tolerate this well, it can increase the risk of gastrointestinal ulcers, bleeding, kidney problems, skin reactions, and other rarer side effects. It should be treated as a medicine and not taken lightly. Good luck.

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