This medication belongs to the family of antacids local action. It forms a viscous gel which floats in the stomach and protects the esophagus when reflux of stomach contents.
It is used in the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux. It may also be prescribed for other ailments not listed above.
Presentations of the drug
Gaviscon MINT: chewable tablet (cream, mint flavor) box of 20
Gaviscon: oral suspension (cream, mint flavor) box of 24 sachets of 10 ml
Gaviscon: oral suspension (pink fennel flavor) bottle of 250 ml
Infant Gaviscon: oral suspension (cream flavors: banana, fennel), 150 ml bottle with pipette graduated in ml
Cons-indications of the drug Gaviscon
This medicine should not be used in children following a strict low-salt diet.
It is best to consult a doctor in the following situations:
- digestive problems appearing for the first time, or if the problems have changed recently;
- disorders associated with weight loss;
- difficulty swallowing or persistent abdominal discomfort.
This medication contains salt (sodium) in significant amounts.
This medicine may decrease the absorption of many drugs. A period of at least 2 hours (or 4 hours with antibiotics of the quinolone family) should elapse between taking the drug and the other therapies. Ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Pregnancy and lactation
This medicine contains only substances deemed safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding. However, do not use it for prolonged periods without consulting your pharmacist or doctor.
Instructions for use and dosage of the drug Gaviscon
Take this medicine in all cases after meals and at bedtime if necessary, or after giving the bottles. It should not be mixed with food or milk.
Tablets should be chewed very carefully.
The bag should be mixed before opening the bottle and shaken vigorously before each use.
Adults and children over 12 years: 1 tablet, 3 or 4 times a day.
Adults: 1 packet or 2 teaspoons of oral suspension, 3 or 4 times a day.
Children from 18 months to 15 years: 1 teaspoonful after each meal 4.
Infants 4-18 months: 2.5 ml or 1 / 2 teaspoon after each of four meals.
Infants 2 to 4 months: 2 ml after each meal 5.
Infants 1 to 2 months: 1.5 ml after each meal 5.
Newborn 0-1 months: 1 ml after each of six meals.
In children, the Infant oral suspension (supplied with a pipette) is more suitable, but other oral suspensions may also be used as their concentrations are identical.
It is good to split meals, avoid bending, avoid lying down after meals and wearing tight clothing. The elevation of the head of the bed is recommended.
If you smoke, continued smoking is a major obstacle to treatment of nicotine increases gastric acidity and reduces the effectiveness of the muscle that closes the junction between the esophagus and stomach.
The oral suspension should be kept away from heat, but it should not be refrigerated.
Infant Suspension should not be kept longer than 30 days after opening.
Gaviscon side effects
In case of prolonged use of oral solution or bags, high dose: excess calcium in the blood, kidney failure.