Sodium alginate is an ingredient that’s included in lots of remedies for acid reflux and heartburn. …read moreSee less
It’s included in liquid, tablets, sachets, and other indigestion remedies that help to ease the irritation caused by acid reflux.
If you suffer from acid reflux and painful heartburn after you eat, a remedy containing sodium alginate could help you to feel more comfortable again.
You can find it in medications from Gaviscon, Rennie, Peptac, and other popular indigestion medicines, sometimes included with other ingredients like potassium bicarbonate and sodium bicarbonate.
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Can I take sodium alginate with sodium bicarbonate?
Some acid reflux medications include both sodium alginate and potassium bicarbonate as active ingredients.
When you use them in one medication, they’re perfectly safe to use together as long as you follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully, as the safe dosages have already been worked out carefully.
However, if you wish to take 2 separate medications that contain these ingredients, or any combination of medications at the same time, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist for advice first.
They’ll make sure that your medications are safe to use together and that you’re taking the right amount of each.
Does sodium alginate have any side effects?
Like all medications, sodium alginate can have side effects, although not everyone will experience them.
These side effects include those caused by an allergic reaction, such as difficulty breathing, swelling of the face and throat, hives, etc.
If you experience any side effects while taking sodium alginate, you should stop use and speak to your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
What is heartburn?
Heartburn is a symptom of acid reflux. It occurs when acid produced by the stomach travels up towards the throat and causes a burning sensation in the middle of your chest.
You may also experience a cough, hiccups, bad breath and nausea when suffering from acid reflux.
Although acid reflux is not a serious condition it may be a symptom of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD), a long-term form of acid reflux.
If you often experience heartburn and acid reflux it is recommended that you seek advice from your doctor, as they will be able to prescribe a medicine known as a proton pump inhibitor (usually either omeprazole or lansoprazole) which can help to reduce the amount of stomach acid that is produced by your stomach.
What causes indigestion?
There are various reasons why you might be suffering from indigestion and heartburn, such as certain foods, drinks and medication.
The most common reasons are the result of eating fatty, greasy or spicy foods, overeating or eating your food too fast, consuming too much caffeine or alcohol, smoking, anxiety and medications like certain antibiotics or painkillers.
If you keep getting indigestion, you might need to make some lifestyle alterations - try altering your diet to see if it improves and, if it doesn’t, speak to your GP for advice.