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What do antacids do to stomach acid?
Antacids reduce acidity by neutralizing (counteracting) acid, reducing the acidity in the stomach, and reducing the amount of acid that is refluxed into the esophagus or emptied into the duodenum.
What happens when you take a antacid?
Antacids help to treat heartburn (indigestion). They work by neutralizing the stomach acid that causes heartburn. You can buy many antacids without a prescription. Liquid forms work faster, but you may like tablets because they are easy to use.
Does antacid neutralize stomach acid?
If you have acid reflux or other symptoms caused by stomach acidity, get to know your OTC medications. Antacids neutralize the acid that your stomach makes. This can make you more comfortable. On the other hand, H2 receptor blockers and PPIs can block your stomach from making too much acid.
What happens if you take an antacid before eating?
Taking antacids with food, alcohol and other medicines It’s best to take antacids with food or soon after eating because this is when you’re most likely to get indigestion or heartburn. The effect of the medicine may also last longer if taken with food.
Is it bad to take antacids everyday?
Some people with acid reflux get into the habit of taking over-the-counter antacids daily to prevent symptoms, but this can be harmful in the long run. Long-term use of antacids leads to an increased risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures, gastrointestinal infections and pneumonia.
Can I drink water after taking antacid?
Chew it completely before swallowing. Follow the directions on the label. Drink a glass of water after taking this medicine. Antacids are usually taken after meals and at bedtime, or as directed by your doctor or health care professional.
How quickly do antacids work?
Each heartburn treatment works differently, but in general: Antacids like Rolaids or Tums work instantly, but wear off quickly. Antacids work best if taken 30 to 60 minutes before eating. Histamine blockers take effect in about an hour, but must be taken twice a day for heartburn prevention.