In this science project you used TUMS, but there are many other different brands of tablets sold to relieve heartburn. Additionally, while the antacid used in TUMS is calcium carbonate, there are many other antacids available. Pharmacists are the medication experts. They advise doctors, nurses, and patients on the correct drug dosage for a patient’s weight, age, health, and gender; on interactions between drugs; on side effects; on drug alternatives; on costs; and on ways to give drugs. They also dispense drugs at pharmacies, according to prescriptions, checking for dangerous drug interactions, and educating patients on how to take drugs, what reactions to watch out for, and how long it should take for drugs to work.
Some individuals experience diarrhea when using magnesium compounds such as Phillipsâ€™ Milk of Magnesia. For these reasons, many people prefer combination aluminum-magnesium antacids like Maalox and Mylanta that are less likely to cause constipation or diarrhea. Some of these formulas contain simethicone, an anti-foaming agent that helps reduce bloating by breaking down gas bubbles in your stomach. Sodium bicarbonate antacids, including Alka-Seltzer and Bromo Seltzer, contain baking soda. Pregnant women, individuals with high blood pressure and those on salt-restricted diets should avoid this type of antacid.
made to see how antacids affect the pH of the stomach acid. What is important about Equation 2 above is that before antacids are added to the stomach, it contains a lot of HCl, but after the antacids are added and react in the stomach, it contains salt, carbon dioxide, and water. The base (the antacid) turns the acid primarily into salt and water.
They found that proteins that were largely intact were much more likely to trigger an allergic reaction in the rodents than proteins that were degraded by stomach acid. Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your product.Information last revised July 2016.
It is not an antacid. When ingested, this tasteless and apparently harmless substance floats on gastric fluid to prevent the reflux of acid and pepsin into the esophagus. Preparations such as Gavisconâ„¢ or Algiconâ„¢, combine alginate with antacids, and are popular heartburn remedies. There are no satisfactory clinical trials, but these preparations have little neutralizing power and are probably of little benefit in those reflux patients who have complicating esophagitis.
- Aluminum and magnesium antacids work quickly to lower the acid in the stomach.
- For example, for occasional bouts of indigestion (dyspepsia).
- In other conditions where it is helpful to neutralise stomach acid.
- Sodium bicarbonate [NaHCO3] – Sodium bicarbonate is a weak, short-acting antacid.
- Calcium carbonate is an antacid that works by lowering the amount of acid in the stomach.
- Heartburn is most commonly a pain felt in the chest and usually, but not always, results from acid reflux.
This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor’s approval.
Using an antacid that contains only aluminum along with this product can help control diarrhea. The aluminum in this product can cause constipation.
It does not prevent acid production. It may be used alone or with other medications that lower acid production (including H2 blockers such as cimetidine/ranitidine and proton pump inhibitors such as omeprazole). Antacids are a good treatment for heartburn that occurs once in a while. Take antacids about 1 hour after eating or when you have heartburn.
Antacids are often taken to relieve symptoms or when symptoms are expected. Your doctor or pharmacist will advise you of the dose needed and how often you should take it. Read the leaflet that comes with your particular brand for further information. Many of the common antacids also include alginates. Most alginates work by forming a gel which floats on top of the stomach contents.