Gaviscon what it is used for and how to use it
Gaviscon, what it is used for and how to use it
Gaviscon is a medicine that is part of the drugs for the treatment of peptic ulcer and gastroesophageal refuge disease and is also used for the symptomatic treatment of occasional heartburn. Regarding the posology of this drug, it is taken by oral administration and you should shake the suspension before use. Remember that certainly if you often have heartburn you will have to modify your diet, definitely do not go on a do-it-yourself diet, and above all consult a specialist.
How much medicine to take?
- the Adults and adolescents (12-18 years) must take 10-20 ml (second-fourth notch of the measuring cup or 2-4 measuring spoons or 1-2 single-dose sachets) after meals and at bedtime, without exceeding the indicated doses. However, these individuals must use the medication only in cases of actual need and under strict medical supervision.
- The Elderly: it is not necessary to modify the doses for this age group.
- Patients with renal insufficiency: the reduced ability to eliminate with urine the exogenous salt supplement provided by antacids can condition potentially severe electrolyte imbalances (so read the package insert on Warnings and precautions for details or consult your doctor). In fact, these individuals must use it with precautions, so consult the doctor even in cases where such disorders had occurred in the past.
Treatment must be extended for short periods.
If, in fact, the symptoms worsen or after seven days of treatment do not improve or, again, if the disorder occurs repeatedly or changes are noticed, better to inform your doctor.
Avoid overdose, of which, a side effect is abdominal distension.
Even if an accidental ingestion of an overdose of Gaviscon occurs, it is advisable to seek medical attention or contact the nearest hospital. Your doctor or pharmacist must be informed even if you are taking other medications.
In pregnancy and breastfeeding, Gaviscon can be used only after consulting your doctor and evaluating the risk/benefit ratio with him or her.