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Antacid question for Usians

Any good alternatives to the flavored chalk you get in drugstores? I just noticed that they have sucralose in them, which is poison to me.
Permalink Shylock 
January 9th, 2018 8:04pm
Does Gaviscon have sucralose?
Permalink Legion 
January 9th, 2018 11:00pm
Have never used it. Will take a peak, thanks.
Permalink Shylock 
January 10th, 2018 4:56am
There are two main antacid remedies, old-school is to neutralise the acid with an alkali, new-school is to block the production of the acid in the first place.

Neither properly address the problem. The stomach is designed to handle acids and they are an essential part of the digestive process.

The usual problem is acid reflux where the acid escapes the stomach into the oesophagus.

Common causes of this are:

Eating large meals or lying down right after a meal

Being overweight or obese

Eating a heavy meal and lying on your back or bending over at the waist

Snacking close to bedtime

Eating certain foods, such as citrus, tomato, chocolate, mint, garlic, onions, or spicy or fatty foods

Drinking certain beverages, such as alcohol, carbonated drinks, coffee, or tea


Being pregnant

Taking aspirin, ibuprofen, certain muscle relaxers, or blood pressure medications

Since most of these causes are avoidable, your best bet is not to do them!
Permalink Rafael Sabatini 
January 10th, 2018 5:44am
Your local walmart should have a good deal on generic omeprazole (aka: prilosec). If this works, doctors can prescribe "protonix" which is the same sort of proton pump inhibitor. 

Also, if you're overweight, a tight belt can cause enough pressure to cause the upper valve in your stomach to let loose when sitting. This mimics GERD.
Permalink Pie 
January 10th, 2018 7:24am
My favorite antacid is good old Baking Soda -- Sodium Bicarbonate.

Mix a little in 6 ounces of water and drink it -- instant acid neutralization.  No sugar, no sucralose, no fancy "anti-acid-pump" chemicals.

Don't use BOTH Baking Soda and Tums (Calcium Carbonate) -- they don't work well together.  Personally, I don't find Tums work for me at all -- thus the Baking Soda.
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
January 10th, 2018 8:25am
Thanks Hub
Permalink Shylock's Phone 
January 10th, 2018 12:40pm
Any idea what the cause might be? Most things happen for a reason. I used to get massive heartburn if I ate cheese too near bedtime. I love cheese, so these days I avoid it or have it for lunch.
Permalink Zaq 
January 10th, 2018 12:47pm
For me it was diet related.

One evening, I was snacking on Pringles potato chips.  That night, about 10:00 pm, I woke up coughing burning yellow-stuff out of my lungs, that apparently had come originally from my stomach.  Yikes.

Fortunately, I had some baking-soda with me.  It took three doses to settle the problem, with about 5 minutes between doses.  The baking-soda neutralized the acid in my throat, and in my stomach.  I simply had to keep coughing up the yellow-stuff I'd breathed in while asleep.

Following that, I discovered that certain foods would trigger this.  It seems to be related to certain fats -- movie-theater popcorn butter would do it every time.  I think it's the combination of whatever crap they make that with, plus sitting in the dispenser for hours becoming just a LITTLE rancid, that does it.

So no movie-theater butter, no Pringles, no Catchup, (some tomato-based products will trigger it).

But I assume this stuff is age-related, genetics-related, and probably has some food-sensitivity stuff in it.  Your mileage probably will vary.
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
January 10th, 2018 3:16pm
Oh, and being over-weight, and sleeping on my front, adds constriction (and compression) to the stomach.  If I'm lucky, it just hurts a little.  If I'm not lucky, I 'burp' a little and feel the burning.
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
January 10th, 2018 3:18pm
Hubble. I worry about you. Please get back to Navy PT training. Do you guys run like the Army?
Permalink AlFranken 
January 10th, 2018 3:34pm
I guess you can swim laps at NASA gym. Take advantage of it.
Permalink AlFranken 
January 10th, 2018 3:35pm
I know people who get a little bit of personal information, then hound the shit out of you with it.

P.S. I've never said I live in AZ
Permalink Legion 
January 10th, 2018 6:03pm
>I used to get massive heartburn if I ate cheese too near bedtime.

A lot of GERD is that the sphincter at the top of the stomach lets loose and lets some stomach acid up into the esophagus (this is called "reflux"). It does feel like heartburn. I used to have a persistent cough and runny nose that wouldn't go away for over a year. It turned out to be lots of little burps that were letting stomach acid up into my esophagus and bronchial passages.

Some substances irritate the sphincter, like caffeine. Fatty foods can lube the sphincter and drool out.

Too much stomach acid in your esophagus is what leads to esophageal cancer. Long term stomach acid in your bronchial passages can lead to lung cancer.

The best solution to eliminate GERD is to lose weight. Medications can be used to reduce symptoms. If losing weight is not an option, then get something like prilosec (cheap), protonix (cheap) or dexilant (expensive).
Permalink Pie 
January 11th, 2018 6:08am

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