Antacids are over-the-counter medications used to relieve heartburn, indigestion or acid reflux. They can be formulated with magnesium, aluminum, calcium or a combination of magnesium and aluminum together. Antacids should only be used for occasional symptoms. If symptoms occur consistently or frequently, see your health care provider.
Which antacid works the fastest?
Aluminum and magnesium antacids work quickly to lower the acid in the stomach. Liquid antacids usually work faster/better than tablets or capsules. This medication works only on existing acid in the stomach. It does not prevent acid production.
What do Antacids contain aluminum?
Antacids that contain aluminum hydroxide may cause constipation, aluminum-intoxication, osteomalacia, and hypophosphatemia.
What are magnesium based antacids?
Magnesium Antacids. Magnesium-based antacids are often effective in treating infrequent heartburn, mild GERD or acute flares of chronic GERD. Magnesium compounds are incorporated into many over-the-counter heartburn treatments, since they work by neutralizing stomach acids.
What is aluminum hydroxide gel?
Aluminum hydroxide gel, also known as amphojel, is an antacid medication. Amphojel decreases excess levels of acid in the stomach, thereby reducing symptoms like acid indigestion and heartburn. The medication is also useful in mitigating symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease ( GERD) and stomach ulcers.
Which antacids are safest to take?
Antacids that have magnesium oxide or magnesium hydroxide are also safe choices. Both calcium and magnesium-based antacids work by neutralizing the acid in your stomach, which helps reduce pain and discomfort. In severe heartburn cases, your doctor may suggest an H2 blocker, which decreases the amount of acid in your stomach.
What you should know before taking antacids?
Before taking antacids you should know that antacids decrease the acidity of the acids in your stomach. In the short term this is a very safe medication, which can help eliminate discomfort. However, as with all medications there are side effects with long term use, as the acidity of your stomach is changed.
What are the best antacids?
Sodium-rich antacids contain too much salt for those on low sodium diets. Unlike calcium carbonate antacids, sodium bicarbonate versions work best on an empty or partially full stomach. Sodium bicarbonate is usually the best antacid ingredient for fast acting and strong relief of acid reflux.
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