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Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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Antacid (Overview)

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


Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
469 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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Does taking antacids before or after medication prevent the meds from being absorbed into your system?

It can: It depends on the contents of the antacid and the medications. But, it can for some antacids and some medications.

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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!

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Tums (Definition)

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