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Is it safe to take Gaviscon?

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thesmallbear Tue 09-Dec-14 17:30:06

I have terrible indigestion and have found some Gaviscon double action tablets in the cupboard. I can't find the information leaflet though. Are they safe to take?

KatoPotato Tue 09-Dec-14 17:36:55

Pregnant women can get Gaviscon on prescription. I keep mine on the nightstand!

weegiemum Tue 09-Dec-14 17:38:31

I used to get a prescription for 2L of gaviscon a fortnight when I was pg with dd1. Slugged it out of the bottle!

scarletforya Tue 09-Dec-14 17:39:34

By the end I was swinging it straight from the bottle!

Yes, it's safe!

KatoPotato Tue 09-Dec-14 17:39:49

Oh yes, drank from the bottle as standard!

KatoPotato Tue 09-Dec-14 17:40:16

And you can get sachets for your handbag!

scarletforya Tue 09-Dec-14 17:40:17

Swigging, not swinging!

thesmallbear Tue 09-Dec-14 17:43:35

The tablets are just as safe as the liquid?

WhyOWhyWouldYou Tue 09-Dec-14 17:50:53

Yes tablets are just as safe a liquid.

thesmallbear Tue 09-Dec-14 17:52:46

Thanks all smile

BoysiesBack Tue 09-Dec-14 17:57:11

Absolutely safe. My obstetrician used to open his meds cupboard and tell me to help myself to as much Gaviscon as I wanted with my last DS. Still have some in stock now grin

ChickenMe Tue 09-Dec-14 18:06:43

I hope so because I've been drinking it!

SomeSunnySunday Tue 09-Dec-14 18:08:46

Oh lord yes. I am drinking a bottle a week grin.

SomeSunnySunday Tue 09-Dec-14 18:09:33

Ps tablets are fine, but the liquid is more effective (for me, anyway).

RedundantExpat Tue 09-Dec-14 18:10:01

I drank the italian equivalent of Citrosodina - a godsent.

DrSeuss Tue 09-Dec-14 18:11:37

Practically lived on it through two pregnancies! Of course, they both came out bright pink with a liking for fireman but it was worth it!

AppleYumYum Tue 09-Dec-14 18:13:09

Oh gosh I was another swigging from the bottle constantly with both my pregnancies, towards the end I drank more than I ate! Now get the Gaviscon Advance though on prescription, it's much thicker and works for longer and quickly.

CurlsLDN Tue 09-Dec-14 18:14:46

Absolutely, but I recommend the chewable tums pastilles instead when you can get to the supermarket, much more palatable!

stargirl1701 Tue 09-Dec-14 18:33:00

And, if it doesn't work, get your GP to prescribe Zantac (Ranitidine).

BananaToast Tue 09-Dec-14 18:41:24

Those of you who survived pregnancy swigging Gaviscon, at what point did you start needing it? I'm 21 weeks and fine as yet but imagine heartburn tends to start later than this.

Pico2 Tue 09-Dec-14 19:00:55

I've been prescribed ranatidine and it is way better than gaviscon. Though I was having to drink gaviscon in the middle of the night and also throwing up in the middle of the night, so perhaps a bit of an extreme case.

JennyBlueWren Tue 09-Dec-14 19:09:42

I think I started having it badly at about 14 weeks and it's got worse since then (29 weeks now)! I buy big bottles and top up the little ones from it. It's actually easier to drink it from the bottle than use a spoon -I just spill it down my front!

NoNoNoooooo Tue 09-Dec-14 19:19:21

And if Zantac doesn't work get your GP to prescribe omaperazole, you don't have to put up with it

ffallada Tue 09-Dec-14 23:31:58

bananas - I can't speak for other people but when I hit the third trimester I started carrying gaviscon everywhere, swigging it from the bottle like a junkie drinking methadone! I probably could have used it earlier but didn't realise the sick feeling was heartburn/indigestion! It makes life good again, I couldn't live without it.
acid reflux is a different thing again, if you have that then i second nononoooo's suggestion of omaprazol.
DrSeuss fgrin

helloelo Tue 09-Dec-14 23:54:04

Yes to gaviscon in any form.
But if you suffer a lot, omeprazole is the way to go without hesitation. It changed my life from my stomach trying to digest itself to absolutely no pain or discomfort at all in a matter of 24hrs. Threaten your GP if (s)he resists prescribing it, you don't have to suffer!

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