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eWellness: OTC drug does not mean it should be taken without a doctors advice
Dr KK Aggarwal,  09 October 2019
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An over-the-counter (OTC) antacid is often used to relieve mild cases of heartburn or acid reflux. Though they are available without a doctor’s prescription, they should be taken only under a doctor’s advice.

As per the American Academy of Family Physicians -

  • Different types of antacids work in different ways.
  • To manage an ulcer, an antacid may need to be taken in conjunction with an antibiotic.
  • If one needs more calcium to help strengthen bones, prefer an antacid that contains calcium carbonate.
  • Antacids may have minor side effects in some, such as nausea, headache, diarrhea or constipation.
  • Read the label carefully to make sure that you are not allergic to any of the ingredients.
  • People with kidney disease may not be able to take all types of antacids.
  • An antacid may interact with other medications.

So, talk to the doctor before taking an antacid.

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