More Details on Antacids
Aluminum Antacids (Rolaids®, ALternaGEL®, Amphojel®, and Others)
Salts of aluminum (hydroxide, carbonate gel, or phosphate gel) can also cause constipation. For these reasons, aluminum is usually used in combination with the other three primary ingredients.
Used heavily over an extended period, antacids containing aluminum can weaken bones, especially in people who have kidney problems. Aluminum can cause dietary phosphates, calcium, and fluoride to leave the body, eventually causing bone problems such as osteomalacia or osteoporosis.
It should be emphasized that aluminum-containing antacids present virtually no danger to people who have normal kidney function and who use these products only occasionally and as directed.
Is Simethicone an Antacid?Some antacids contain an ingredient called simethicone, a gastric defoaming agent that breaks up gas bubbles, making them easier to eliminate from your body.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says simethicone is safe and effective in combination with antacids for relief of intestinal gas associated with heartburn. Not all antacids contain simethicone.
If you are looking for relief of symptoms associated with gas, read the antacid's label carefully to make sure it contains simethicone.
What Are Antacids Used For?Antacids can be used to treat a number of common symptoms in the esophagus, stomach, and intestines. Some of these antacid uses include:
If antacids fail to relieve symptoms of any of these conditions within 10 to 15 minutes, or if symptoms are severe, you should visit your doctor.