What is Care Sodium Bicarbonate?
Care sodium bicarbonate is a treatment against heartburn and indigestion. Sodium bicarbonate is another name for bicarbonate of soda, a versatile ingredient with a wide range of uses. Using bicarbonate of soda for heartburn can provide fast and effective relief on a temporary basis.
What is the recommended dosage?
Adults and children over 12 years old should take 1g to 5g of this bicarbonate of soda dissolved in a glass of warm water. A level 5ml teaspoon holds around 5 grams. Bicarbonate of soda should only be used for temporary and occasional relief of heartburn - if your symptoms persist for longer than 2 weeks, you should stop taking bicarbonate of soda for your heartburn and consult your doctor for further advice.
How does bicarbonate of soda treat heartburn?
Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, can treat heartburn and indigestion because it has an alkaline pH that can help to neutralize the acidity in your stomach. Care Sodium Bicarbonate works in a very similar way to other antacid products.
What is heartburn?
Heartburn and indigestion, also known as acid reflux, occurs when stomach acid travels up into your oesophagus, causing a burning feeling in your chest, an acidic taste in your mouth and/or an uncomfortable feeling in your stomach. It is extremely common, and some of the causes may include:
Spicy or fatty foods
Stress and anxiety
A hiatus hernia (when part of your stomach moves up into your chest)
GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)
Can Care Sodium Bicarbonate be used during pregnancy?
Bicarbonate of soda should not be taken if you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, think you may be pregnant, or if you are breastfeeding, unless your doctor has told you otherwise. For suitable alternatives, browse our range of heartburn treatments or speak to a Chemist4U pharmacist.
Can bicarbonate of soda be used to treat heartburn in children?
No, children under 12 should not take Care Sodium Bicarbonate. If your child is experiencing heartburn, contact your doctor or a Chemist4U pharmacist for expert advice.
When should Care Sodium Bicarbonate not be used?
Most adults and children over the age of 12 should be safe to take bicarbonate of soda for heartburn. However, you must not take this medicine if you have:
An allergy to sodium bicarbonate
High levels of alkali in your blood
Low levels of calcium in your blood
Reduced stomach acid
High blood pressure
You must not take bicarbonate of soda for heartburn if you are taking steroids. If you are taking any other medication, including those obtained without a prescription, contact your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist for advice before taking Care Sodium Bicarbonate.
Are there any side effects?
There is a small possibility of side effects when you are taking bicarbonate of soda for heartburn, however these are usually mild and won’t affect everyone. Possible side effects include:
Increased blood pressure
Increased potassium in your blood
Fluid in the lungs
If you experience any side effects, including any unexpected ones that haven’t been stated here, you can report them using the MHRA Yellow Card Scheme.
Store in a cool, dry area below 25°C. Keep this medicine in its original box and, once opened, use within one month. Keep out of reach and sight of children.
This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist before taking this product if you have an underlying medical problem or are taking any other medicine or complementary therapy. If your symptoms get worse or continue after taking this product, contact us or your doctor. For medical services in your area, please refer to https://www.nhs.uk
If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor or our pharmacist before taking this product. If you suffer from any allergies, ask your doctor or our pharmacist if this medicine is right for you.
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