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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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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