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Doctor insights on: Antacid Chemical Formula

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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

Dr. Bernard Seif
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What are the best antacid medications?

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?

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?

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

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What is the active ingredient in antacids?

Antacids: There are many antacids on the market. Most of them use some combination of the following ingredients: calcium carbonate, Aluminum hydroxide, magnesium hydroxide. There are others too. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What are common antacids and their active ingredients?

What are common antacids and their active ingredients?

Antacids : Some of the most common antacids are Mylanta, which is a combination of Aluminum hydroxide and magnesium hydroxide, Tums, which is calcium carbonate, milk of magnesia, which is magnesium hydroxide, and Maalox, which is calcium carbonate. There are also acid reducing medicines if regular antacids do not work. ...Read more

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How should I ease a stomachache if I can't take antacids?

Drink water: It will dilute the acid somewhat and can feel better. But a serious problem could be present, if you're continuing to have problems, see a doctor! ...Read more

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Is Nexium (esomeprazole) an antacid?

No: Nexium (esomeprazole) is a proton pump inhibitor. H2 Blockers (Zantac, Tagament) also reduce the amount of acid in your stomach and considered antacids. ...Read more

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Is reglan (metoclopramide) an antacid?

No: Antacids are buffers that bind to acid in the stomach. They are available over the counter. Reglan (metoclopramide) is Metoclopramide which is a medication that is typically prescribed by a doctor and is used to promote stomach emptying in patients, typically diabetics. Nerve damage to the stomach may lead to gastroparesis in these patients which slows output from the stomach. ...Read more

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Is prevacid (lansoprazole) an antacid?

Is prevacid (lansoprazole) an antacid?

Prevacid (lansoprazole): Prevacid is the branded equivalent of lansoprazole, an oral acid-reducer agent of the proton pump inhibitor (ppi) class of drugs. This is different from an antacid, which neutralizes the acid you've already produced. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take antacids while pregnant?

Yes: If you take in moderation should be no problem. Antacids typically are not absorbed and pose little iatrogenc risk to pregnancy. ...Read more

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