ANTACIDS

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Antacids are medications that work by neutralizing acid that is already in the stomach. Antacids usually contain calcium, aluminum, or magnesium. Antacids containing magnesium tend to have a laxative action; those containing aluminum may cause constipation. Magnesium carbonate works by liberating carbon dioxide from the stomach, and can cause frequent belching. Alginates, such as sodium alginate, are another common ingredient of indigestion or heartburn remedies. These work by forming a protective coating over the walls of the stomach and esophagus.

No matter which antacid remedy you choose, it is best to take them after a meal, especially if you drank alcohol with the meal or if you plan to go to sleep less than 3 hours after eating.


OTC Antacids and Ingredients

Gaviscon

Aluminum hydroxide, 95 mg Magnesium hydroxide, 110 mg

Maalox

Aluminum hydroxide, 200 mg Magnesium hydroxide, 200 mg Simethicone, 20 mg

Maalox Max

Aluminum hydroxide, 400 mg Magnesium hydroxide, 400 mg Simethicone, 40 mg

Maalox Chewable

Calcium carbonate, 600 mg

Maalox Max Chewable

Calcium carbonate, 1,000 mg Simethicone, 60 mg

Mylanta

Aluminum hydroxide, 200 mg Magnesium hydroxide, 200 mg Simethicone, 20 mg

Mylanta Maximum Strength

Aluminum hydroxide, 400 mg Magnesium hydroxide, 400 mg Simethicone, 40 mg

Rolaids

Calcium carbonate, 500 mg Magnesium hydroxide, 110 mg

Rolaids Multisymptom

Calcium carbonate, 675 mg Magnesium hydroxide, 135 mg Simethicone, 60 mg

Titralac

Calcium carbonate, 420 mg Titralac Plus

Calcium carbonate, 420 mg Simethicone, 21 mg

Turns

Calcium carbonate, 500 mg


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