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I was on antacids since 4 months. I've stopped medicine since July. Now I feel heartburn and drink baking soda, burning increases what does it mean?

I was on antacids since 4 months. I've stopped medicine since July. Now I feel heartburn and drink baking soda, burning increases what does it mean?

Antacids: The reason you were tanking antacids may have re-occurred. I would see a physician to ge a proper diagnosis and treatment ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Antacid (Definition)

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

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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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 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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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

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My husband belches throughout the day and takes tons of antacids. What is it?

My husband belches throughout the day and takes tons of antacids. What is it?

GERD: He may have an ulcer, hiatal hernia, or reflux disease. This should be evaluated by a doctor as he may need more potent medications or may need an endoscopy to evaluate for complications of reflux disease. ...Read more

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Can antacid cause constipation?

Antacids that: Contain aluminum or calcium may have consipation as a side effect. ...Read more

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How do antacids differ from antibiotics?

Acid vs. Bacteria: Antacids work to combat stomach acids that cause reflux, sour stomach, etc.
Antibiotics are designed to kill bacteria that cause infections! ...Read more

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Is vegetable magnesium stearate a magnesuim antacid?

No: Antacids contain hydroxide which is an anion. Magnesium is a cation which can be coupled with the hydroxide to make an antacid. Other forms contain calcium (ie tums). Stearate is an anion but is not an antacid. ...Read more

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Any antacid drug should be taken before meals or after meals?

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Any antacid drug should be taken before meals or after meals?

After meals if. . .: Take antacids such as calcium carbonate after meals if you notice heartburn. If you can, avoid those foods that make it worse. Stop smoking. Keep alcohol to a minimum. Stay upright as long as possible after meals. If antacids aren't enough, consider h2 blockers like ranitidine. Failing that, consider proton pump inhibitors (ppis) like omeprazole. Go see your family doc if symptoms persist. ...Read more

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Do antacids affect cephalexin?

Do antacids affect cephalexin?

No: This compound is not affected by pH, and because it is absorbed not in the stomach but in the small bowel (high in the intestinal tract), it does not disturb the lower bowel flora. ...Read more

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Is picot safe during pregnancy? It is an antacid

Sodium: This preparation is rather high in sodium which might contribute to high blood pressure and swelling of your legs. Each packet has 712 mg of sodium which is about a third of the recommended daily intake. Consider something like Tums (calcium carbonate) instead. ...Read more

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Could the overuse of antacids inhibit protein digestion?

Could the overuse of antacids inhibit protein digestion?

Sure it does...: The high acid environment of your stomache, inresponse to food ingestion, is needed to activate some digestive proteins such as enterokinase and tripsynogens (and many others) to help digest the foods u consume. Antacid use is thus not natural and can affect the process of digestion, but some people need antacid to help with pain/ulcers etc...It is compliacted process. Have fun learning. ...Read more

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Took a antacid becore my heart tablets is that alright?

Antacid: Which heart medication (s)?

In general shouldn't be a problem but need to know specifics. ...Read more

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Could my antacids be causing my iron anemia?

Could my antacids be causing my iron anemia?

Maybe: Some potent antacids can reduce the ability to absorb iron. If iron deficiency is causing anemia, and the anemia is not getting better on appropriate doses of iron, an antacid might, at least in part, be a problem. If there is ongoing blood loss or high iron requirement, from, say heavy menstruation or pregnancy, the amount of iron being taken may be the problem. ...Read more

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I have dark stools since taking antacids, why?

I have dark stools since taking antacids, why?

Dark stools due to..: Dark-colored stools may result from iron supplements, foods you eat (like a lot of spinach), substances (like peptobismol), but most significantly suggests bleeding. When blood is denatured by acid in your stomach, as from ulcers, stools will turn dark. Blood may also be ingested from nose bleeds, bleeding gums... If stools remain dark, even after stopping antacids, then please seek md care. ...Read more

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Tums (Definition)

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