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Antacids

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Antacids Gaviscon Adult

Antacids - Dosage and How to Use

How should Antacids be used?

  • ​Take a dose when necessary to relieve symptoms of heartburn, gastric reflux or indigestion
  • Do not take more than four doses in one day
  • You may take this medicine before or after food
  • Tablet forms should be chewed before swallowing for faster relief of symptoms
  • Liquid forms should be shaken well before taking

What should I do if I miss a dose?

​If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. Then take your next dose at the usual time. Do not take two doses to make up for the missed dose.

What should I do if I overdose?

Antacids - Additional Information

​Signs that your condition may require further medical attention include:

  • Shortness of breath, hoarseness, wheezing, teeth erosion and ear infection
  • Pain on swallowing, swallowing difficulty, blood in the stools or vomit, chest pain, unintended weight loss and jaundice (yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes)
  • Heartburn symptoms occurring for more than 3 times a week with significant impact on quality of life
  • Heartburn symptoms continuing for more than 2 weeks despite self-treatment
  • Heartburn symptoms continuing for over 3 months regardless of self-treatment
  • You are over 40 years old and experiencing heartburn symptoms for the first time
  • Tags: Antacids
  • Updated on Tuesday, December 31, 2019
  • Article contributed by PSS National Medication Information Workgroup PSS National Medication Information Workgroup

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