What Are Antacids?

If you use antacids, you may remember a time when it was difficult to find these helpful products because of the Rolaids Recall. In fewer than four months, about 18 different types of antacids were recalled and pulled from the shelves for multiple reasons causing consumers to turn from name-brand products to generic store-brands. Luckily years after the Rolaids Recall, multiple name-brand antacids are back on the shelves.

During this period when antacids were more difficult to find, did you ever wonder what an antacid is made of or how it works?

What Are Antacids and How Do They Work?

We all have naturally occurring acid in our stomachs which aids in digestion by breaking down the foods we consume. The term “Antacids” covers a group of a combination of medicines that are used to neutralize the amount of acid in your stomach by correcting the pH balance. Antacid ingredients can include alginates, sodium bicarbonate, magnesium carbonate, magnesium trisilicate and aluminium hydroxide. These chemicals are alkaline in nature, which is the opposite of acidic. So, when the base compounds in antacids begin to release as they begin dissolving in the stomach, they aid in leveling out the alkaline-acid balance in your stomach, thus relieving the discomfort associated with acid reflux or ulcers.

When Should I Take Antacids?

It’s recommended to take an antacid before you eat something that commonly gives you heartburn to prevent symptoms. However, you can also take a dose when you begin experiencing acid reflux-related issues. Remember: it always pays to be on the safe side – double check with your doctor to ensure antacids are the right option for you.

Where Can I Find Antacids?

Since the Rolaids Recall has ended, you can essentially find over-the-counter antacids at any pharmacy, grocery or convenience store. Prescription antacids can also be used if prescribed by your doctor.

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