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How to Treat Antacids?

Medical Treatment:
Taking antacids with food, alcohol and other medicines:
  • It is best to take antacids with food or soon after eating because this is when you are most likely to get indigestion or heartburn.
  • If taken with food, the effect of the medicine may also last longer.
  • Antacids may affect how well other drugs work, so do not take other drugs within two to four hours of taking an antacid.
  • You can drink alcohol while taking antacids, but alcohol can irritate your stomach and make your symptoms worse.
Antacids have some types:
  • Aluminium hydroxide
  • Magnesium carbonate
  • Magnesium trisilicate
  • Magnesium hydroxide
  • Calcium carbonate
  • Sodium bicarbonate
Side effects:
Antacids do not usually have many side effects if they are taken only occasionally and at the recommended dose. But sometimes they can cause:
  • Diarrhoea or constipation
  • Flatulence (wind)
  • Stomach cramps
  • Feeling sick or vomiting
These should pass once you stop taking the medicine. Talk to a pharmacist or your GP if they are not getting better or having trouble. You might need to switch to another medicine.