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03/25/2012 05:05 AM

~~~Antacid Awareness ~~~

SillyOMe
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Antacid Awareness <--- Sounds boring huh? Tongue

But dog-gone-it, I'm going to start a discussion about it because it's important!

Why? Because did you know that taking antacids can SEVERELY interfere with the absorption of some prescription drugs? Shocked Shocked

If you are not absorbing the meds.. then they don't work!

SSSSSOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO What I want you to do is research your medications online and their warnings this week.

Take an active roll in knowing what they do, what not to take when taking them, and if antacids will affect them.

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03/25/2012 05:05 AM
SillyOMe
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All Antacids

You should note, that when it comes to taking antacids, whether prescription or over-the-counter, more often than not, acid indigestion is more often than not, caused by a lack of stomach acid, rather than a surplus of it. (Another cause is lack of intestinal flora.)

If you lack stomach acid, the process of how heartburn starts is quite simple: food that is not digested due to a lack of stomach acid does not pass easily into your small intestine. It sits in your stomach and ferments. The fermenting process causes the undigested foods to bubble and roll about, causing acid reflux. Acid reflux is a wonderful medical term for a very simple action: the acid gets into your esophagus, and even a small amount will cause pain and discomfort. Taking an antacid in this case will cut the pain, but it will also insure that partially digested food gets into your intestinal tract and cause a host of problems: you don't get the nutrition you need, the digestive system is overburdened, and your immune system suffers.

Before you take any antacid, demand that your physician or health care provider tests you. It's that simple. Know whether or not you are making too much or too little stomach acid, because if you make too little, you can always supplement your diet with some digestive enzymes and hydrochloric acid.

And keep in mind that according to Dr Peter J. D'Adamo in his book Eat Right For Your Blood Type, research shows that people with Type A blood have a tendency to create less stomach acid than all other blood types. Since Type A is the most common blood type. . .well that sort of answers the question of why antacids are the most commonly purchased over-the-counter medications. Doesn't it?

People who take antacids on a regular basis are subject to osteoporosis. To absorb calcium, you need stomach acid. Additionally, they suffer from many nutritional disorders, such as B 12 deficiency, since stomach acid is needed to absorb these too.

http://www.mnwelldir.org/docs/misc/haz_meds.htm


03/25/2012 05:07 AM
SillyOMe
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Another source for information is: http://www.drugs.com/monograph/antacids.html

03/25/2012 05:09 AM
SillyOMe
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Keeping to point: Interactions for Antacids

All antacids potentially may increase or decrease the rate and/or extent of absorption of concomitantly administered oral drugs by changing GI transit time or by binding or chelating the drug.b In vitro studies indicate that magnesium hydroxide or trisilicate has the greatest potential for drug binding and aluminum hydroxide and calcium carbonate are intermediate.


03/25/2012 05:12 AM
SillyOMe
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In general... don't take antacids at around the same time as your other meds. If you won't take the time to research your med.. just take it 4 hours before of after taking an antacid!!!! It's important guys!

03/25/2012 05:18 AM
DebraJeane
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My son started taking anti-seizure medication for brain injury. He was given Dilantin - you are not to use antacids while on Dilantin.

He eats antacids like candy-this information wasn't found out until after he started taking the anti-seizure......Anti-seizure medication can not be stopped immediately -

FYI


03/25/2012 06:07 AM
SillyOMe
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But antacids can!

03/25/2012 06:10 AM
DebraJeane
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True! So what to use instead of antacids?

03/25/2012 06:15 AM
SillyOMe
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That's a question for his physician. True? Smile

03/25/2012 06:16 AM
SillyOMe
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LMAO TRUE? lol Why are we using this word?
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