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Gaviscon Liquid Icy Mint with Cooling Action is a fast-acting, long-lasting antacid that provides relief from heartburn and acid reflux. The active ingredients in the medication, such as alginic acid and antacids like aluminum hydroxide and magnesium carbonate, work to restore the balance of acid and alkaline in the stomach.
Alginic acid, derived from brown seaweed, works to form a protective layer on top of the stomach contents, preventing them from flowing back up into the esophagus and causing discomfort. The cooling action helps to soothe the lining of the esophagus and stomach to provide additional relief. Overall, the combination of these ingredients helps to provide fast and long-lasting relief from heartburn and acid reflux symptoms
Use and Dosage
The directions for using Gaviscon Liquid Icy Mint with Cooling Action involve taking 2-4 teaspoons of liquid after meals and before bedtime as needed. Typically, Gaviscon Liquid is taken orally and should be shaken well before use. Take Gaviscon after meals and at bedtime, or as directed by your healthcare provider.
Here are some general directions on how to use Gaviscon Liquid Regular Strength Soothing Icy Mint:
- Shake the bottle before use.
- Adults: Take 2-4 teaspoons of the liquid when symptoms of heartburn or acid reflux occur, or as directed by a healthcare provider.
- Do not exceed a maximum of 16 teaspoons (80 mL) per day.
- It is recommended to take it after meals and before bedtime.
- If symptoms persist for more than 7 days, consult with a healthcare provider.
- It is not recommended for children under 12 years of age unless directed by a healthcare provider.
- The liquid can be taken directly or mixed with water or other drinks.
Common Side Effects of Gaviscon Liquid Icy Mint with Cooling Action (Alginic Acid - non-Rx):
- Skin rash
- Stomach cramps
Serious Side Effects of Gaviscon Liquid Icy Mint with Cooling Action (Alginic Acid - non-Rx):
- Allergic reactions, such as: hives, rash, itching, swelling of the face and throat, difficulty breathing, etc.
- Irregular heartbeat
- Muscle weakness or cramps
- Persistent diarrhea or constipation
- Severe headache
- Severe stomach pain or discomfort
- Unusual bleeding or bruising
Forms and Strength
Gaviscon Liquid Icy Mint with Cooling Action (Alginic Acid - non-Rx) is available in the following forms and strength:
Gaviscon Liquid Icy Mint with Cooling Action: Icy mint Flavored
- Use it with caution if you have kidney disease, as it contains aluminum, which can accumulate in the body and potentially cause harm in people with impaired kidney function.
- Consult with a doctor before use if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, have diabetes, or have any other underlying medical conditions.
- It may interact with other medications/supplements, so it is recommended to take medication before taking Gaviscon Liquid Icy Mint with Cooling Action, or at least four hours after taking the product.
- Rarely, an allergic reaction may occur. If you experience any unusual symptoms while taking it, stop using it immediately and contact your doctor or pharmacist.
- Sorbitol, a type of sugar, is one of the ingredients in it, so it may not be suitable for individuals on a low-sugar diet.
- Keep out of reach of children.
- Take caution if you have a low phosphate diet, as it contains aluminum, which may reduce phosphate levels in the body during long-term use.
- It may cause teeth discoloration or erosion if used for prolonged periods of time. Do not use it if the seal is broken or the expiration date has passed.
- If symptoms persist for more than 7 days, consult with your doctor, and discontinue use. In rare cases, long-term use of antacids like Gaviscon Liquid Icy Mint with Cooling Action may increase the risk of kidney stones.
- If you are taking tetracycline antibiotics, separate the dosages by at least 2 hours, as antacids like Gaviscon may decrease the effectiveness of antibiotics.
- Avoid taking it if you are allergic to alginates or any other ingredients in it. It may interfere with the absorption of other medications, so it is recommended to wait at least 2 hours after taking other medications before taking Gaviscon Liquid Icy Mint with Cooling Action.
- Gaviscon Liquid Icy Mint may cause drowsiness, so avoid driving or operating heavy machinery until you know how it affects you.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How long does it take for Gaviscon Liquid Icy Mint with Cooling Action to start working?
It typically starts working within a few minutes to provide relief from heartburn and acid reflux symptoms. However, the duration of relief may vary depending on the individual's condition and response to the product.
Is Gaviscon Liquid Icy Mint with Cooling Action safe for people with diabetes?
Yes, it is considered safe for people with diabetes. However, it is recommended to monitor blood sugar levels closely while taking it, as it contains sugar in the form of sorbitol.
Is Gaviscon Liquid Icy Mint with Cooling Action a prescription medication?
No, it is an over-the-counter product that does not require a prescription.
It's important to purchase Gaviscon Liquid Icy Mint with Cooling Action from verified Canadian pharmacy.