Gaviscon Liquid

Gaviscon Liquid Antacid 12 Oz

"Are there really safer alternatives to Gaviscon?"

That was one question I just said to myself at the back of my head after being prescribed to take this liquid antacid medicine by my gastro-enterologist. I knew it was no use challenging my doctor.

Having had a history of digestive disorders, specifically GERD or Acid Reflux, I've tried a lot of medication and drug combinations already to try to ease the pain, especially when eating and at night time. Zantac, Ranitidine, Tums, Maalox, and proton-pump inhibitors the most famous of which is the Purple Pill - Nexium.

This time I wanted to try something different and if possible, something that works fast. It's just very frustrating to me when I used to have reflux attacks in the middle of a meal or in the wee hours of the morning and I have to take medication that usually takes effect after 30 minutes to an hour.

And there's nothing I can do but deal with symptoms such as stomach bloatedness, dizzy spells, intense headache at times and of course, what I call the false "heart attack". If you were like me, you'd have had a number of times being rushed to the emergency room thinking that you were having cardiac arrest, when what you were actually experiencing is GERD.

Of course, the symptoms vary from person to person, but the main question is, "What can I take immediately to relieve my acid reflux?"

Which brought me back to Gaviscon. It's basically an antacid that is said to help treat acid ingestion, heartburn, peptic ulcers, hiatal hernias, as well as reflux esophagitis. "Ok", I thought to myself. It comes in a pill, liquid or sachet form and normally in flavors such as peppermint, lemon or aniseed. I was prescribed to take the liquid form since according to them, it acts faster and is more suitable in my case.

Its effective and patented ingredient is "alginate", a derivative of seaweed that acts as a kind of raft that sits on the acid in the stomach, thereby, suppressing acid reflux. "Cool", I said. The first time I tried it, I noticed its immediate effectivity and honestly, I kinda like the taste (some of you may disagree with me on this).

It didn't take too long for me however, to realize in the weeks ahead that I became dependent on Gaviscon. It's something that I couldn't live without, even though I hated becoming dependent on any drug. Even the "harmless" paracetamol for a simple headache bugs me.

I found out that there is such a thing as Gaviscon overdose, just like every other drug. I recommend not taking it straight for more than a week (3x a day) as you might experience additional symptoms such as drowsiness, dizziness, weakness, fatigue, vomiting, nausea and God forbid, loss of consciousness. I didn't make that list up, they were all in the Gaviscon manual.

It's also not recommended to take a double dose at a time. Ironically, there is now also a Gaviscon advanced formula, which is much thicker in consistency and claims to be better.

"No thanks, this time I'll pass".

I would still recommend any GERD patient to use Gaviscon, but only on an emergency basis. If you do have reflux attacks, I would rather stick with safe and natural home remedies such as drinking hot (bearable) alkaline water or taking 1 or 2 tablespoons of honey (helps heal the digestive tract).

Aside from them being cheaper and safer, they are usually found at home, and matched along with other proven home remedies, they still provide the best combination to help heal your acid reflux.

Have you given it proper thought if you are Curing your Acid Reflux Disease, or making it worse? I hate to admit it, but frankly when I learned what conventional medicine was actually doing to my body, I was enraged!

Find out the shocking truths that your doctor failed to tell you, and how to put an end to your digestive pain and misery when you visit

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About the Author

The author suffered immensely and intensely from GERD (Acid Reflux), and thought he was either going to die young because of it, or live to be 100 (as his doctor assuredly told him) but be miserable and in pain the rest of his life - until that breakthrough moment in his life, when he found that there is a better and natural way to cure his condition.

Richard is currently a health and wellness writer, specializing on acid reflux treatment (, digestive disorders and proper food combining (

Frequently Asked Questions

    can i take fluoxetine with two teaspoons of gaviscon liquid?

    • ANSWER:
      i never had a problem when taking fluoxetine, i dont think there are many things that you cant take with it.
      but its always best to double check with your doctor

    I brush my teeth with gaviscon heartburn liquid. Who else does?
    My theory is that when you get heartburn, sometimes the stomach acid can come right up into your mouth. My remedy for this is to brush my teeth with heartburn liquid, or milk of magnesia before I go to bed. This way the heartburn will not get past your teeth. Genius

    • ANSWER:
      I guess if that floats your boat, personally, I SWALLOW the medicine, and brush my teeth with a good fluoride toothpaste to help prevent cavities. I feel that the only way acid from your stomach get into your mouth is through vomiting, and if you are vomiting, then it is not heartburn...heck, it's not even acid reflux. Why would heartburn get past your teeth in the first place? If you are a genius, then I am certain the world must be coming to an end.

    The label on Liquid Gaviscon states that each tablespoon (15ml) contains 95 mg of Al(OH)3 and 412 mg of MgCO3.
    how many moles of hydronium ion can be neutralized by one tablespoon of Gaviscon?

    • ANSWER:
      you need to find how many OH- there are in total here.

      Al (OH)3 has 3 OH-. that should be evident.

      MgCO3 is also a base.

      Mg 2+ is neutral so lets forget about it.

      CO3 (2-) is a base.

      CO3 (2-) + H2O --> HCO3 (-) + OH-

      so between the 2 bases, there are 4 OH-. 4 H30+ (hydronium) will neutralize 4 OH-:

      4OH- + 4 H3O+ --> 8 H2O

    All the ladies who are drinking gaviscon in pregnancy ?
    To all pregnant ladies out there with crazy heartburn and drinking gaviscon, i have a question.

    I have had a bottle of gaviscon from the chemist today, and its super strength peppermint advance, but its not runny like normal its lumpy and thick and a bit like rice pudding its that thick.

    I checked the date and its only got 1 month left on it.

    If your using gaviscon, is your liquid runny or really really thick and lumpy ?

    I dont know if its normal or not.


    • ANSWER:
      I've got gaviscon advance and it's really thick, but definitely not lumpy!

      That bottle must have been sitting around for a really long time as the expiry date on my bottle is years away!

    Can you take too much Gaviscon?
    Doctor has told me to take Gaviscon liquid to help ease a burning sensation in my gullet! The only problem is an hour after a take the recommended dose it starts burning again!
    Instructions say after eating and before bed! Can I take too much if I take it approximately hourly and what would any side effects be?

    • ANSWER:
      There are no harmfull drugs in Gaviscon, it's just an antacid, you would have no problem taking it hourly until your bottle is finished, but if the symptoms are still there you should go back and see your doctor.

      The only side effect would perhaps be an in balance in your digestion.

      Zantac is not stronger than Gaviscon, it it's whats known as a H2 blocker and prevents your stomach producing hydrochloric acid, it's used more for the treatment of ulcers rather than an antacid.

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