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Dr. Gregory Moneta
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Antacid (Overview)

Antacids are a kind of anti-ulcer drug (gastroenterology drug, common cold or symptom drug).


Dr. Gregory Moneta
476 Doctors shared insights

Antacid (Overview)

Antacids are a kind of anti-ulcer drug (gastroenterology drug, common cold or symptom drug).


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Had antacid that was expired an year back. M scared. Please help...

Had antacid that was expired an year back. M scared. Please help...

Don't be scared.: Generally expiration dates on medicines mean they can lose their efficacy beyond that date. An expired antacid shouldn't cause you any serious problems. ...Read more

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Why do doctors keep prescribing antacids?

Why do doctors keep prescribing antacids?

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! ...Read more

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Dr prescribed antacids & diagnosed GERD for my teen based on sharp chest pains, often traveling to his left side and feels like his side is protruding?

Dr prescribed antacids & diagnosed GERD for my teen based on sharp chest pains, often traveling to his left side and feels like his side is protruding?

Possibly correct: If he/she improves with acid medications, then this is the diagnosis. If the left side of the belly is feeling full, he/she may be constipated. Hard to get info on bowel movements in teens, but if not better with gerd meds, then check on this with the doctor. Focus on a healthy diet with regular meals, fluids and fiber, no soda or caffeine. ...Read more

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Is it unhealthy to use antacids?

Is it unhealthy to use antacids?

Antacids: If use on prn (as needed) basis & not exceeding recommended daily dose, no problem. ...Read more

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H2 blockers can be used together with antacids?

H2 blockers can be used together with antacids?

Of course: H2 blockers (tagamet, zantac, (ranitidine) pepcid) reduce acid production, while antacids (mylanta, maalox) neutralize acid that has already been produced. Talk to your doctor about stepping up to proton pump inhibitor treatment to achieve improved acid suppression, if clinically warranted by persistent acid-related symptoms refractory to the combination of h2-blockers and antacids. ...Read more

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How would I figure out if antacid tablets are effective or not?

If they work...: If taking antacids for acid indigestion, heartburn or reflux you will know almost immediately if they work if they rapidly quell the symptoms and bring you relief. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take antacids if I'm pregnant?

Yes: Tums (calcium carbonate) is ok to take while pregnant. Quantity will need to be watched out as you can take too much causing illness and possible hospitalization. ...Read more

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Can I safely combine sleeping medication with antacids. I f not what are the side effects?

Can I safely combine sleeping medication with antacids. I f not what are the side effects?

Generally, yes: Generally, there should be no problem combining antacids and sleeeping pills. ...Read more

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What are the toxic effects of aluminum in antacid?

Metal burden: Burden beause (in theory) it is not enough to poison. We all have metal burden beause of the way that we have built our civilization. Aluminum is one of the toxic metals. ...Read more

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I take antacid daily. Is there any bad side effect taking antacid daily?

I take antacid daily. Is there any bad side effect taking antacid daily?

Yes, several issues.: First, persistent stomach pain can indicate a more severe problem that could need different treatment. You need to see a doctor to check for an ulcer or other problem. Chronic antacid use can interfere with medication & nutrient absorption. It can also lower your resistance to infections. ...Read more

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Do antacids slow digestion along with the other side effects?

Yes: Acid activates pancreatic enzymes which digest your food, and help dissolve the food. Partially digested food then can cause gas or diarrhea. ...Read more

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Which is best antacid for long term consumption?

Which is best antacid for long term consumption?

TUMS (calcium carbonate): Others have serious side effects, like osteoporosis! ...Read more

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I've eaten eggs my whole life, but now at 25 I get horrible stomach pain. No antacids help. Did I develop an egg allergy?

I've eaten eggs my whole life, but now at 25 I get horrible stomach pain. No antacids help. Did I develop an egg allergy?

Unlikely: Unlikely that you are allergic to eggs, but you can always get it checked with an allergist. Rather try egg white without the egg yolk, you may be unable to digest the fat in the egg yolk. Any problems with other fatty foods? Any gall bladder issues? ...Read more

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Has anyone had a negative interaction w/ Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) & antacids and herbal/vitamin products?

Has anyone had a negative interaction w/ Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) & antacids and herbal/vitamin products?

Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) interaction: Antacids lower absorption of Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) if taken within an hour of taking adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine). Some herbal products may cause anxiety, such as st. Johns wort or tryptophan. ...Read more

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Could eating too many antacid tablets make you throw up?

Could eating too many antacid tablets make you throw up?

Yes: And it can cause many more complications and side effects, if you require that many antacids for your symptoms, you might need egd and/ or prescription meds. ...Read more

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Is it unhealthy to use antacids?

Antacids: If use on prn (as needed) basis & not exceeding recommended daily dose, no problem. ...Read more

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What are the best antacid medications?

Depends on…: Frequency & severity of symptoms: mild, occasional heartburn can be relieved by otc antacids (tums/rolaids/mylanta/gaviscon). More frequent/severe may require otc h2 acid blocker (zantac/axid/tagamet/pepcid). Severe/frequent symptoms: try otc/rx ppi (prilosec/prevacid/protonix). Dietary changes help, too: no caffeine/soda, fried/fatty foods, spicy foods, onions, acidic foods (tomatoes, lemon, lime. ...Read more

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What are some well-known antacid brands?

Calcium carbonate?: Calcium carbonate ie Tums (calcium carbonate) is a common one. It's good for quick relief. And you get calcium! ...Read more

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Is it ill-advised to use antacids too often?

Is it ill-advised to use antacids too often?

GI problem: If you have to take antiacids frequently- that means you may have significant problems with your stomach and you may need to see a GI specialist. Talk to your primary care doctor who can refer you to see GI doctor. In addition, taking too much antiacid may block absorption certain nutrients including iron from food. You may have iron deficiency anemia and that can make you feel tired ...Read more

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What does an antacid tablet do to relieve acidity?

Depends: On what kind. The most common, ppis, like prilosec, inhibit acid release from the stomach cells. There are serious side effects though! ...Read more

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What is bid antacid trial to be taken for one month?

Reflux treatment: Means you like have acid reflux and your doctor wants you to take antacids twice daily for one month to see if this helps. This usually refers to proton pump inhibitors (e.g. Omperazole, lansoprazole), but could also refer to h2 receptor blockers (w.G.Peptic, zantac). Both can be obtained otc or by rx. ...Read more

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What ingredients should I look for in a good antacid?

What ingredients should I look for in a good antacid?

Antacids: The most common ingredients in good antacids are calcium carbonate, aluminum hydroxide and my Magnesium hydroxide. There are many others that work well also, however. Good luck. ...Read more

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How would I figure out if antacid tablets are effective or not?

If they work...: If taking antacids for acid indigestion, heartburn or reflux you will know almost immediately if they work if they rapidly quell the symptoms and bring you relief. ...Read more

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Had antacid that was expired an year back. M scared. Please help...

Don't be scared.: Generally expiration dates on medicines mean they can lose their efficacy beyond that date. An expired antacid shouldn't cause you any serious problems. ...Read more

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Is there any risk in leaving antacid tablets locked away in a storage unit for three months?

Medication Storage: Medications should not be left in direct sunlight or exposed to extreme temperatures. As long as medication is left in a sealed container, and has not passed its expiration date, is in temperature-controlled storage, and has not been left in direct sunlight, there should not be any problem. ...Read more

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How much OTC antacid is safe to take in one day? The bottles all say no more than 2 pills but each dose is different. How much is really too much?

How much OTC antacid is safe to take in one day? The bottles all say no more than 2 pills but each dose is different. How much is really too much?

OTC vs. RX: So it varies. The rx dose of even an otc medication is different than what is recommended on the back. If you are going to exceed the dose recommended on the bottle, make sure it is done under direction of a physician. Different doses exist for each of them but generally there is margin of safety if higher dose is taken but that may not be the case for some of them. Follow directions on bottle. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Tums (Definition)

Tums is a mineral which is a kind of nutritional agent ...Read more