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Dr. Cornelius O'Leary Jr
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Antacid (Overview)

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


Dr. Cornelius O'Leary Jr
450 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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Tums (Definition)

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