Antacids

 
What is Antacids and why is it prescribed?
Antacids are used to relieve the uncomfortable symptoms of acid indigestion, heartburn, gas, and sour stomach. Do not take antacids for longer than 2 weeks or in larger than recommended doses unless directed by your doctor. If your symptoms persist, contact your doctor. Antacids should be used only for occasional relief of upset stomach.

How should you take Antacids?
Follow your doctors directions for taking Antacids. If you take a chewable antacid tablet, chew thoroughly before swallowing so that the medicine can work faster and be more effective. Shake liquids well before using. Take this medication only as needed or as instructed by your doctor. Store Antacids at room temperature. Keep liquids tightly closed and protect from freezing.

Are there any Antacids side effects?
Antacid side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Antacid side effects may include chalky taste, constipation, diarrhea, increased thirst, and stomach cramps.

What are the possible food and drug interactions when taking Antacids?
If Antacids is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Be sure to inform your doctor of all the prescription and over the counter medications you are taking. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Antacids with Cellulose sodium phosphate (Calcibind), Isoniazid (Rifamate), Ketoconazole (Nizoral), Mecamylamine (Inversine), Methenamine (Mandelamine), Sodium polystyrene sulfonate resin (Kayexalate), or Tetracycline antibiotics (Achromycin, Minocin).

Are there any special warnings about Antacids?
If you are taking any prescription drug, check with your doctor before you take an Antacid. Also, tell your doctor or pharmacist about any drug allergies or medical conditions you have. If you have kidney disease, do not take an Antacid containing aluminum or magnesium.
 

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