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What Is Sodium Bicarbonate Used For
Diarrhea/kidney : Bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate)) is one of the major buffers of the acids consumed everyday. Bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate)) can be lost in urine and stool depending on the cause.Diarrhea causes excessive loss in the stools , and some kidney disorders can cause bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) wasting in the urine. ...Read more
No: Sodium bicarbonate is a symptom relief measure used in adults experiencing heartburn or reflux. Adults have kidneys that can get rid of the extra bicarbonate. Infants do not have this ability. If your child is experiencing reflux symptoms talk with your pediatrician. However, please do not give your infant sodium bicarbonate, unless you are specifically to by your doctor and in what amount. ...Read more
Acute Gout: Sodium bicarbonate, (sodium bicarbonate) once it enters the stomach, turns into water and a carbon dioxide gas. The pH of blood is unaffected. Therefore, it has no realistic role as a treatment for gout! There are many effective strategies for acute gouty arthritis. See your rheumatologist. ...Read more
Serum bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate): Bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) in our blood acts as an essentisl acid buffer. Its concentration is tightly governed and regulated between 22 and 28 meq/liter. A value of 32 indicates an excess. Why it is 32 is important. The kidney is responsible, for sure, though the kidney need not act alone. Hormone signals such as aldosterone excess can drive this change. Lung retention of carbon dioxide also can. Ask doc. ...Read more
Not as effective: Not as effective as having your teeth professionally cleaned by the Dentist/Hygienist, and then brushing 2x/day for 2 full minutes by the clock w a whitening toothpaste. Homeopathic remedies not as effective as specifically engineered products. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Drink lots of plain water, not bicarb. ...Read more
Neutralizes acidity: Sodium bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) makes the urine less acidic. This effect helps the kidneys get rid of uric acid, thus helping to prevent gout and kidney stones. It can help the body get rid of excess amounts of certain types of medications. Bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) can also help prevent and treat certain metabolic problems (acidosis) caused by kidney disease. ...Read more
Yes: Nexium (esomeprazole) is a prescription medication that counteracts the stomach's acidity. you should not need to take additional bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) to neutralize the stomach acid because the medication works well to do that. There is no contraindication to taking bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate), but it may not help more than the medication. ...Read more
They shouldn't: Gout occurs when uric acid is produced often in an acidic environment. Hco3 can be used as a buffer when added to water creating more alkalinity in the blood, preventing uric acid deposition in the joints. Perhaps your bodywork was performed after trying this treatment? Using hco3 can dangerously raise your bloodpressure, so be careful. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Acid neutralization: I'm assuming you're asking about stomach acid, which must be buffered before proper digestion of food can take place in the small bowel. The pancreas assists with both functions--by production of bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) that neutralizes stomach acid in the material that enters the small bowel, as well as production of enzymes that work to digest starches and proteins in that ingested food. ...Read more
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