Health Tip: Call Your Doctor Before You Take
(HealthDay News) -- Antacids are medications that counteract
acids in the stomach, to help ease heartburn discomfort.
Many of these drugs are sold over-the-counter. But not everyone
should take antacids, despite their wide availability, the American
Academy of Family Physicians says.
The academy mentions these people who shouldn't take antacids
without first consulting a physician:
- People who are passing bloody stools.
- People who are vomiting blood.
- People who have heartburn that doesn't get better after two
weeks of treatment.
- People who have painful or difficulty swallowing.
- People who are losing weight for no apparent reason.
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