The original British version of "Gaviscon contains 'algaenate" which forms a top layer above the stomach acid which helps to keep it out of the esophagus. This will also allow other medications to be fully absorbed, since it doesn't totally coat the stomach lining. A Pharmacy in the U.K. had this product but could not ship the preferred "liquid" version into the U.S.-I would have to chew their tablet version instead of the flavored liquid version. I hope that some "Canadian Pharmacy" might be able to get & ship me the liquid version.
14 Jul 2011
The Gaviscon available in United States also contains "alginate", which is algaenate. It is the same thing.
In respect to it not affecting absorption of other medicines ... that it not entirely true as the contents of antacids that affect absorption of affected medicines are the calcium, magnesium and aluminium, and plus the fact that they alter the acidity of the stomach. So although alginate floats on the top and doesn't line the stomach ... Gaviscon will still affect medicines, which are affected by antacids.
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