What are Gaviscon Tablets?
Gaviscon Tablets are chewable tablets which can help to ease heartburn and acid reflux. Simply chew and swallow these tablets after meals and before bed to ease that irritating heartburn, any time, anywhere. These chewable tablets are available in delicious strawberry and peppermint flavours and are suitable for anyone over the age of 12.
What is heartburn?
Heartburn is a common condition that’s actually a symptom of acid reflux. Lots of people experience heartburn or acid reflux, and although it usually isn’t anything serious, it can be really annoying. Some of the most common symptoms of acid reflux that you may experience as well as heartburn include:
- A sore throat
- A hoarse voice
- A cough
- Bad breath
- A bad taste in the mouth
- Feeling sick
How will Gaviscon Chewable Tablets help to ease my heartburn?
Gaviscon Chewable Tablets contain three active ingredients, sodium alginate, sodium hydrogen carbonate, and calcium carbonate. These ingredients work by acting as ‘reflux suppressants’, which means that they form a protective layer over the contents of your stomach, including stomach acid. This keeps stomach acid from moving up your food pipe and irritating its lining, tackling acid reflux symptoms at their source.
Can I take these tablets if I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?
If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, you will be able to take Gaviscon Tablets. However, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking this product at this time.
Can I take these tablets if I’m taking other medication?
If you are taking any other medications, you should not take Gaviscon Tablets within the 2 hours after you’ve taken your other medication. You should speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Gaviscon if you are taking any other medications, especially the following:
- Antibiotics, including tetracyclines and quinolones such as norfloxacin
- Iron preparations
- Antifungals, e.g. ketoconazole
- Digoxin and beta blockers, which are used for heart conditions
- Penicillamine, which is used for rheumatoid arthritis
- Glucocorticoid, which is used for inflammatory and autoimmune disorders
- Neuroleptics, which are used for mental illness
- Thyroid hormones
- Chloroquine, which is used for malaria
- Estramustine, which is used for prostate cancer
- Bisphosponates, which are used for osteoporosis
How to take Gaviscon Tablets
When you experience heartburn or acid reflux symptoms, take 2 – 4 tablets after each meal and before bed time. You don’t need water to take these tablets, just chew and swallow. If your symptoms haven’t improved after 7 days, speak to your doctor. Do not take more than the recommended daily dose.
When should this product not be used?
Children under the age of 12 should not take Gaviscon Tablets unless they have been advised to do so by a doctor. Do not take this product if you are allergic to sodium alginate, sodium hydrogen carbonate, calcium carbonate, or any of the other listed ingredients. Each four-tablet dose of this product contains 11.08mmol (254.84mg) of sodium and 3.2mmol of calcium. If you are following a low sodium (salt) diet, or suffer with significant kidney or heart disease, speak to your doctor or pharmacist before using this product. This product contains 8.8mg of aspartame in each tablet, if you have phenylketonuria (PKU) speak to your doctor or pharmacist before using this product.
Do these tablets have any side effects?
Like all medications, Gaviscon Chewable Tablets can have side effects, although not everyone will experience them. These include side effects caused by an allergic reaction, such as:
- Skin rash
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing
- Swelling of the face, lips, tongue, throat, mouth, etc.
If you experience these or any other side effects while using this product, stop use and speak to your doctor or pharmacist right away. For more information about reporting the side effects of medication, please see the MHRA’s Yellow Card Scheme.
How to store this product
Store in a cool, dry place which is below 25 degrees C. Store in original packaging, and do not use if expiry date on packaging has passed. Keep out of sight and reach of children.
This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or Chemist 4U 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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- Calcium Carbonate, Sodium Alginate, Sodium Bicarbonate
e. Each chewable tablet contains 250mg sodium alginate, 133.5mg sodium hydrogen carbonate and 80mg calcium carbonate as the active ingredients.
The other ingredients are mannitol (E421), macrogol 20,000, copovidone, aspartame (E951), peppermint flavouring, magnesium stearate and acesulfame potassium.
These tablets do not contain sugar or gluten
Everything you Need to Know About Heartburn and Acid Reflux
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