GASTROCOTE TABLETS

Active substance: SODIUM BICARBONATE

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TABLETS
Read all of this leaflet carefully
before you start taking this
medicine.
• Keep this leaflet. You may
need to read it again
• If you have any further
questions, ask your doctor or
pharmacist.
Index
1. What Gastrocote tablets are
and what they are used for
2. Before you take
3. How to take
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store
6. Further information
1. What Gastrocote tablets are
and what they are used for

Gastrocote tablets contain a
combination of medicines called
antacids and alginates. Antacids
work by neutralising the stomach
acids and alginates help to protect
the lining of the gullet from stomach
acid.
Gastrocote tablets ease the
discomfort of indigestion and
heartburn including:
• heartburn in pregnancy
• gastric reflux and reflux
oesophagitis (when acid from your
stomach escapes into your food
pipe and causes inflammation)
• acid indigestion.

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2. Before you take

Do not take Gastrocote tablets if
you or your child:
• are allergic (hypersensitive) to
alginic acid, dried aluminium
hydroxide, magnesium trisilicate,
sodium bicarbonate or any of the
other ingredients (see section 6).

Check with your doctor or
pharmacist before taking
Gastrocote tablets if you:

• are diabetic, as this product
contains 1g of sucrose per tablet
• have been told by your doctor that
you have an intolerance to some
sugars
• are on a low sodium diet as this
product contains 0.91mmols (21mg)
of sodium per tablet
• have kidney problems
• are on a controlled phosphate diet
• are taking antibiotics such as
ciprofloxacin or tetracycline
Do not take Gastrocote tablets
within two hours of any other
medicine.

3. How to take

Chew the tablets before swallowing.
Doses:
Adults, the elderly and children over
6 years:
1 or 2 tablets to be chewed four
times a day, after main meals and at
bedtime.
Do not give to children under 6
unless your doctor tells you to.

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If you take more than you should
If you (or someone else) swallow a
lot of tablets at the same time, or
you think a child may have swallowed
any, contact your nearest hospital
casualty department or tell your
doctor immediately.

4. Possible side effects

Like all medicines, Gastrocote tablets
can have side effects, although these
don’t affect everyone.
• Flatulence (wind) may occur.
If you notice this or any other side
effect, stop use and tell your doctor
or pharmacist. They will tell you what
to do.

5. How to store

Keep out of the reach and sight of
children.
Store below 25°C.
Protect from moisture.
Do not use Gastrocote tablets after
the expiry date stated on the label.
The expiry date refers to the last day
of that month.
Medicines should not be disposed of
via wastewater or household waste.
Ask your pharmacist how to dispose
of medicines no longer required.
These measures will help to protect
the environment.

6. Further information
What Gastrocote tablets contain

• The active substances (the
ingredients that make the tablet
work) are alginic acid 200mg, dried
aluminium hydroxide gel 80mg,
magnesium trisilicate 40mg, sodium
bicarbonate 70mg
• The other ingredients are
microcrystalline or powdered
cellulose, carmellose sodium,
butterscotch flavour, magnesium
stearate, sugar.

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What Gastrocote tablets look
like and contents of the pack

Gastrocote tablets are off-white
uncoated tablets with GASTROCOTE
engraved on one side.
They are supplied in pots of 20.
Marketing Authorisation Holder
Actavis Group PTC ehf,
Reykjavíkurvegi 76-78,
220 Hafnarfjordur, Iceland.
Manufacturer
Custom Pharmaceutical Ltd,
Conway Street Hove,
East Sussex, BN3 3LW
Distributor
Actavis, Barnstaple, EX32 8NS, UK
Gastrocote is a trade mark of
Actavis group PTC ehf
Date of revision: December 2010

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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