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What's the difference between acid reducers and antacids?

What's the difference between acid reducers and antacids?

See below: The proton inhibitors (e.g.The puple pill) prevent stomach acid forming. Antacids neutrralize acid already formed. ...Read more

Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Antacid (Definition)

Antacids are a kind of anti-ulcer drug (gastroenterology drug, common ...Read more


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I am taking antacids for bad acid reflux?

I am taking antacids for bad acid reflux?

No it is not bad: It is not bad and it works for some people with occasional acid efflux, but if you have recurrent or persistant acid reflux you may need acid suppression with h2 blockers or ppis. ...Read more

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Is it possible for common antacids to neutralize the acid that plaque produces and causes cavities?

Is it possible for common antacids to neutralize the acid that plaque produces and causes cavities?

Yes: Current studies in cariology show that anything that increases ph over 7 will reduce or eliminate the decay process. However, using common antacids regularly for this purpose may be a problem for digestive health. ...Read more

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What is the reaction with antacids and hydrochloric acid in the stomach?

What is the reaction with antacids and hydrochloric acid in the stomach?

Depends on drug: Some drugs neutralize acid, e.g. Maalox; others such as Nexium (esomeprazole) inhibit production of gastric acid. ...Read more

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Acid reflux symptoms worsening along with consistent nausea and burning, antacids do not help. What could this be?

Acid reflux symptoms worsening along with consistent nausea and burning, antacids do not help. What could this be?

GERD: Gastro esophageal reflux disease can cause acidic stomach contents to come back up into your mouth-- especially when lying down or after getting up from lying down. This can occur after eating large meal or related to sudden weight gain. If severe please see md. There are stronger medications to reduce the amount of acid- rather than just neutralize acid with antacids... ...Read more

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Is adipic acid (ingredient in Tums (calcium carbonate) and generic antacids) same as aluminum?

Is adipic acid (ingredient in Tums (calcium carbonate) and generic antacids) same as aluminum?

No: No, it is made up of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. There is no aluminum in the compound. It is added in small amounts to Tums (calcium carbonate) and antacids as a flavoring agent, giving them a tart taste. ...Read more

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I'm on day 1 of taking Omeprazole for chronic acid reflux but it hasn't started working yet. Is it safe to additionally take antacids with this drug?

Yes: Go ahead and take the antacids especially if you know it works. It can take awhile to get relief. The inflammation can take several months to heal. Also don't smoke or use nicotine, caffeine or decaf coffee, reduce to an optimal weight and elevate the head of your bed 4-6 inches on an incline so that the acid at night stays away form the esophagus. The body makes the most acid at night ...Read more

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Is it possible for a teenager to have really bad stomach acid? It's gotten worse and I usually avoid trigger foods but lately even antacids won'thelp

Is it possible for a teenager to have really bad stomach acid? It's gotten worse and I usually avoid trigger foods but lately even antacids won'thelp

Infants, children,: Adolescents & adults can have medically significant gastroesophageal reflux. See your primary care doctor, who may order radiographic studies &/or refer you to a gastroenterologist, if needed. Take in a written history of the duration & severity of your symptoms. List not only the OTC meds you've taken for heartburn, but also all prescription, OTC, herbal & recreational drugs you've used. ...Read more

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My husband started vomiting with diarrhea a few days ago. He has acid reflux and takes antacids daily. This has happened periodically for a few years.

My husband started vomiting with diarrhea a few days ago. He has acid reflux and takes antacids daily. This has happened periodically for a few years.

Common causes: The most common causes of vomiting and diarrhea are stomach viruses and bad food. If it is happening recurrently then there may be something else going on like an inflammatory bowel disorder. He should see a gastroenterologist for further consultation. He may need upper endoscopy and colonoscopy. ...Read more

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33, F, acid reflux disease, does it cause malnutrition or loss of vitamins or does the regular use of antacids cause it?

33, F, acid reflux disease, does it cause malnutrition or loss of vitamins or does the regular use of antacids cause it?

No, nothing serious: Acid reflux disease, sometimes called, GERD does not cause any nutritional effects. Most antacids used to treat acidity are benign and of minimal consequences. PPIs do have some rare effects on electrolytes like magnesium and Calcium but only after many years of use. This can lead to occasional bone fractures but they are so rare the benefit is much greater than the risk. ...Read more

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Why do I get sick to my stomach without throwing up no antacids nor perceptions for acid reflux help either?

Why do I get sick to my stomach without throwing up no antacids nor perceptions for acid reflux help either?

Throwing up: The important point is to what is cause of throwing up. Just like tylenol (acetaminophen) can bring down the temperature but would not fix the underlying problem. ...Read more

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An endoscopy revealed inflammation in my stomach's lining. I don't have acid reflux, just discomfort. Antacids safe? Any natural alternatives?

An endoscopy revealed inflammation in my stomach's lining. I don't have acid reflux, just discomfort. Antacids safe? Any natural alternatives?

What's the cause?: You're describing "gastritis." Stomach inflammation may derive from both acid & non-acid causes, slow emptying of the stomach, H.pylori infection, atrophic & hypersecretory problems, indiscrete use of NSAID's &/or alcohol, to name a few. Can't recommend "natural remedies" since cause of gastritis was not defined in your question. Antacids or acid blockers are a good starting point for treatment. ...Read more

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Hi I keep waking up with a dry mouth and headache and body aches but my roommate says I'm not snoring. I have acid reflux but antacids don't work! ?

Hi I keep waking up with a dry mouth and headache and body aches but my roommate says I'm not snoring. I have acid reflux but antacids don't work! ?

Talk to sleep doctor: Those symptoms may indicate some type of sleep disordered breathing such as apnea or upper airway resistance syndrome. A consult with a sleep physician would be a good place to start. ...Read more

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For 2 days feels like there's a lump in throat & it burns. Burping & sometime bitter taste in mouth. Antacids don't help-can acid reflux last this long?

For 2 days feels like there's a lump in throat & it burns. Burping & sometime bitter taste in mouth. Antacids don't help-can acid reflux last this long?

Possible LERD: Exposure of the vocal cords to stomach acid & pepsin will result in inflammation of the vocal cords (as is also often seen with acid regurgitation) = lerd. Acute laryngitis may result, but watch out for chronic hoarseness, throat clearing, airway spasms, cough, bronchitis, an asthma-type presentation, & even a higher risk of throat cancer. May however not be reflux so please get yourself checked. ...Read more

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Feels like acid is sitting in the back of throat for 3 days. Sour taste in mouth, throat is sore & lump in throat when I swallow. Antacids didn't work?

Feels like acid is sitting in the back of throat for 3 days. Sour taste in mouth, throat is sore & lump in throat when I swallow. Antacids didn't work?

Sounds like: GERD symptoms. You can try OTC meds such as Prilosec or Nexium (esomeprazole) (PPI class of drugs). If this does not work or if it recurs even after working for a short time, you should consult with your doctor. ...Read more

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Do antacids deplete b12?

Theoretically: Lack of stomach acid can cause impaired release of B12 from food. Typical antacids (tums, mylanta, etc) and intermittent use of other agents are not likely sufficient to affect this in any clinical way, but proton pump inhibitors such as Omeprazole when taken daily for long periods of time can cause vit B12 deficiency. ...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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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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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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Why anesthetic antacids use in health problems?

Why anesthetic antacids use in health problems?

Anesthetic antacids?: I'm not sure what you are refer to by "anesthetic antacids". There is a special type of antacid used before anesthesia. These antacids are clear liquids that neutralize stomach acid and have no solids that would be unsafe before anesthesia. Solids (like food) could get stuck in the lungs if a patient vomits during anesthesia and inhales (aspirates) the vomit. ...Read more

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What is the active ingredient in common antacids?

What is the active ingredient in common 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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Can takin antacids make your food harder to digest?

Unlikely to matter: The enzyme systems needed to aid digestion benefit from the acid produced in the stomach wall. The stomach's cells have the ability to generate endless amounts of acid and those antacids you take have a temporary and limited effect. They can reduce your symptoms at the stomach end of the process without having any significant effect on the rest of digestion. ...Read more

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Antacids can interfere with the absorption of what?

Many drugs...: Antacids - aluminum hydroxide and magnesium hydroxide - may potentially interfere with the absorption of numerous medications, too many to list. This interference can be minimized by taking other medications 2 hours before or after antacid administration. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Tums (Definition)

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