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Everything You Should Know About Taking Antacids - When to Use and Its Side Effects

Antacids are a common kind of treatment for acid reflux (indigestion). They perform their job by neutralizing the acid in the stomach that is responsible for heartburn. There is a wide selection of antacids that can be purchased over-the-counter. Although liquid forms are more effective, you might find that pill forms are easier to take because they are more convenient. Even though they all provide the same function, different antacids might have a variety of unintended consequences. If you take antacids on a regular basis and encounter side effects that are bothersome, you should discuss the situation with your primary care physician.

When to Use Antacids

Antacids are said to be an effective treatment for heartburn that occurs only on an ad hoc basis, as stated on WebMD. Antacids should be taken either when you feel the beginnings of heartburn or about an hour after you have eaten. If you are taking them in the evening to treat symptoms, you should not take them with any food. Antacids are not effective in treating more serious illnesses, such as appendicitis, stomach ulcers, gallstones, or bowel difficulties. Talk to your physician if any of the following situations sound familiar to you.

1. signs or discomfort that are not alleviated by the use of antacids

2. Nausea and abdominal cramping

3. Blood in the stools or bowel movements that are dark in color

4. Constipation or abdominal cramping

5. Discomfort in the lower abdomen, the back, or the sides

6. Diarrhea that lasts a long time or is severe

7. A high temperature and abdominal discomfort

8. pain in the chest or difficulty breathing

9. Difficulties in the Process of Swallowing

10. An unexplained drop in weight

Antacids can cause a variety of undesirable side effects.

It's possible that using these medications will have unintended consequences. Antacids are constructed using one each of these three primary components. Try switching to a different brand if you're having problems.

1. Magnesium-containing products pose a health risk to consumers.

2. Consuming calcium- or aluminum-containing products could lead to constipation. Antacids that contain aluminum can lead to a loss of calcium, which, if taken in excessive amounts, can cause the bones to become brittle (osteoporosis).

3. In very rare cases, products containing calcium can cause kidney stones or other health complications.

It is possible that taking antacids will cause your body to metabolize the other medications you are taking in a different way. It is best to take any additional drugs either one hour before using the antacid or four hours after using it. Visit a physician if you find that you need to take antacids on a consistent basis.

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