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Dr. Minocha's Series on Digestive Myths & Healthy Realities....
By Dr. A. Minocha, author of "How To Stop Heartburn: Simple Ways to Heal Heartburn and Acid Reflux" and "Natural Stomach Care: Treating and Preventing Digestive Disorders with Best of Eastern and Western Therapies"
a Myth or a Fact?
"All antacids are the same..."
While the primary function of antacids is to neutralize the acid in the stomach, they can have variable actions on the rest of the bowel depending on the types of antacid. For example, antacids containing calcium (Tums), and aluminum (AlternaGel) have a constipating effect on the bowel. In contrast, the magnesium containing antacids (mylanta, malox) have a laxative effect. For my patients, I usually suggest using these two types alternately so that the opposing effects of different antacids on the bowel can offset each other. This minimizes the side effects while providing the required antacid effect. Do not forget that calcium containing antacids are a source of much needed calcium in many people.
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