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Antacids & Its Side Effects

by Souti

Antacids are considered as a group of medicines, which can help in nullifying the acid in your stomach. Usually antacid includes magnesium carbonate as well as aluminium hydroxide & magnesium trisilicate. Though in the currently available antacids, use of magnesium trisilicate has gone completely. In some of these antacids you can discover simeticone, which can help you to lower the wind.


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Some of the compounds of antacids are

Ranitidene,Famotidene, Pentaprazole , Omiprazole , Lansoprazole , etc.

Side effects of Ranitidene

  •  Some vision ailments
  •  Fast or slow heart rate
  • Coughing out yellow or green mucus etc.

Side effects of Lansoprazole

  •  Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  •  Constipation etc.

Side effects of Famotidene

  • Hallucinations
  • Problematic heart beat
  •  Jaundice
  •  Depression
  • Easy bruising etc.

You can get these antacids, carrying various trade names in the market. However with its helpful relief, antacid can also cause some harmful effects. Though it depends on individuals, each & every people don’t experience all these effects.

Side effects of antacids, containing aluminum

When we need to get antacid we usually don’t consider the content. If your antacid is containing aluminum you can experience the following.

  •  Muscle weakness
  • Weight loss
  •  Pain in bones
  •  Uncomfortable feeling
  • Swelled ankles or wrists
  •  Mood swing
  •  Constipation
  •  Osteoporosis
  •  Kidney stones etc.
  • In some recent incidents people have experienced some GI bleeding too.

Some indications of aluminum toxicity

Various side effects of aluminum toxicity are esophagitis as well as psychosis, Alzheimer’s ailment, behavioral problems, dementia, loss of appetite, breathing trouble, clumsiness of activity etc.

Side effects of magnesium-containing antacids (including magaldrate)

In the form of magnesium trisilicate, magnesium carbonate & magnesium hydroxide, magnesium compounds are available commonly. One of the most noticeable side effects of this medication is diarrhea, some others are,

  • Light-headedness
  • Unusual weakness
  •  Facing difficulties in urination
  •  Irregular heartbeat
  •  Mental changes
  • Weakness in muscles etc.

Side effects of sodium bicarbonate containing antacids

Consuming antacids, which contain sodium bicarbonate, can also give you some hard time through.

  • Frequent urination
  •  Muscle pain
  • Headache
  •  Experience swelling in lower legs or feet
  • Vomiting or nausea
  • Restlessness
  •  Weakness, which is little unusual etc.

Though some of the effects can be cured without any severe medical attention, it is still always a good option to go for discussions with professionals.

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