What is Gaviscon Advance Liquid?
Gaviscon Advance Liquid is a remedy for indigestion, acid reflux and heartburn, helping to keep excess stomach acid under control and keeping irritation at bay. Gaviscon Advance Liquid is available in delicious aniseed or peppermint flavours and is perfect for those who struggle with indigestion or heartburn after eating spicy or fatty foods, or after drinking coffee or alcohol. It can also help those who are suffering from acid reflux because of a hiatus hernia or an inflamed food pipe.
What is indigestion?
Indigestion is a common problem that lots of people experience at some point. You’ll experience it after eating or drinking as excess stomach acid irritates your stomach lining. This causes uncomfortable symptoms including:
- Burping or farting (wind)
- Feeling full
- Feeling sick
What is heartburn?
Heartburn is a symptom of a condition called acid reflux, and it happens when excess stomach acid tries to move back up your food pipe, causing a burning sensation in the middle of your chest. Heartburn is a common problem and many people experience it once in a while, especially if they’ve eaten certain food or drink, are pregnant, or are overweight. Other symptoms you may experience when you have acid reflux include:
- Sore throat
- Bad breath
- An unpleasant taste in the mouth
- Bloating or feeling sick
How will Gaviscon Advance Liquid ease my heartburn?
Gaviscon Advance Liquid contains two active ingredients which work together to ease acid reflux and prevent heartburn. These ingredients are sodium alginate and potassium hydrogen carbonate, and they work as reflux suppressants. This means that they form a layer over the contents of your stomach, keeping excess stomach acid from moving up into your food pipe and causing irritation.
Can I take this product if I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?
If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding then you can take Gaviscon Advance Liquid. However, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist before using this or any other medication, as it may not be suitable for you or your baby.
Can I take this product if I’m taking other medication?
If you are taking any other medication, including those you obtained without a prescription, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking this medication. If you are taking any of the following medications, you should wait at least 2 hours between taking Gaviscon Liquid and your other medication:
- Fluoroquinolones, which are types of antibiotics
- Iron salts
- Thyroid hormones
- Chloroquine, which is used to prevent malaria
- Bisphosphonates, which is used to treat osteoporosis
- Estramustine, which is used to treat prostate cancer
How to take Gaviscon Advance Liquid
Before using this product, shake the bottle well. Measure out 5 – 10ml of Gaviscon Advance Liquid, which is one or two 5ml spoonfuls, and take after meals and at bedtime. If you’re still experiencing symptoms of heartburn or acid reflux after 7 days of use, speak to your doctor for advice.
When should this product not be used?
Gaviscon Advance Liquid is not suitable for children who are younger than 12. Do not use this product if you are allergic to sodium alginate, potassium hydrogen, or any of the other listed ingredients. This product contains 5.0mmol of sodium, 2.0mmol of potassium, and calcium, in every 10ml, if you are on a restricted diet, you should keep those contents in mind. You should speak to your doctor or pharmacist if you need to take this product for a prolonged period of time, especially if you are following a low salt (sodium) diet or have suffered with severe heart or kidney disease.
Does this product have any side effects?
Like all medications, Gaviscon Advance Liquid can have side effects, although not everyone will experience them. These include symptoms of allergic reaction, such as:
- Skin rash
- Difficulty breathing
- Swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat
If you experience these or any other side effects while using this product, stop use and speak to your doctor or pharmacist immediately. For more information about reporting the side effects of medications, please see the MHRA’s Yellow Card Scheme.
How to store this medicine
Store in a cool, dry place. Do not refrigerate. Do not use if the expiry date printed on the original packaging has passed. Once opened, use within 6 months. Keep out of sight and reach of children.
This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U 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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Please read the included leaflet carefully before using this product.
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- Potassium Hydrogen Carbonate, Sodium Alginate
- Each 1ml dose of oral suspension contains Sodium Alginate Ph Eur 1mg and Potassium Hydrogen Carbonate Ph Eur 2mg as the active ingredients
Everything you Need to Know About Heartburn and Acid Reflux
Okay, let’s be honest, we’ve all been guilty of overindulging on delicious food at one point or another in our lives.
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Today we’re going to have a good look at what heartburn is and what you can do to keep it away.
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