GAVISCON PEPPERMINT TABLETS 500
Active substance(s): CALCIUM CARBONATE / SODIUM ALGINATE / SODIUM HYDROGEN CARBONATE
What this product is and what is it used for?
Gaviscon Extra Strength 500 Peppermint Tablets belong to a group of medicines
called “reflux suppressants”, which form a protective layer on top of the stomach
contents to prevent stomach acid escaping from the stomach where it works into the
food pipe causing pain and discomfort.
They are used for the treatment of symptoms of gastro-oesophageal reflux such as
acid regurgitation, heartburn and indigestion (related to reflux), for example following
meals or during pregnancy, and in patients with symptoms related to oesophagitis.
Before taking this product
Do not take if you know that you are allergic to any of the ingredients.
This medicine contains sodium (10.6 mmol per two tablet dose) and calcium (3.2
mmol per two tablet dose). If you have been advised to follow a diet restricted in
either of these salts please consult your doctor before taking this product. Please also
talk to your doctor regarding these salt contents if you suffer or have suffered from
significant kidney or heart disease, as certain salts could interfere with these diseases.
If you have phenylketonuria, note that the product is sweetened with aspartame, a
source of phenylalanine.
Do not take this product within 2 hours of taking other medicines by mouth as it can
interfere with the action of some other medicines.
You can take this product if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
For oral administration. Chew thoroughly before swallowing. Adults, including the
elderly and children 12 years and over: When symptoms occur take one to two
tablets after meals and at bedtime.
Children under 12 years: Should only be taken on medical advice.
If you forget a dose, it is not necessary to double the dose next time, just carry on
taking as before.
If you take too much of this product you may feel bloated. It is unlikely to cause you
any harm, but please consult your doctor or pharmacist.
After taking this product
If symptoms persist after 7 days consult your doctor. As with all medicines, the treatment
duration should be limited as much as possible.
Possible side effects
Very rare (less than 1 in 10,000) chance of an allergic reaction to the ingredients.
Symptoms of this may include skin rash, itching, difficulty breathing, dizziness, or
swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat.
If you get any side effects talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible
side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow
Card Scheme at: http://www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. . By reporting side effects you can
help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
Do not store above 30oC.
Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Do not use after the expiry date (EXP: month/year) shown.
Gaviscon E x t r a S t r e n g t h 5 0 0 Peppermint Tablets are circular tablets with an off
white to cream, slightly mottled appearance. Each chewable tablet contains 500 mg
sodium alginate, 267 mg sodium hydrogen carbonate and 160 mg calcium
carbonate as the active ingredients.
The other ingredients are mannitol (E421), macrogol 20,000, copovidone, aspartame
(E951), peppermint flavouring, magnesium stearate and acesulfame potassium.
These tablets do not contain sugar or gluten.
Gaviscon E x t r a S t r e n g t h 5 0 0 Peppermint Tablets are available in pack sizes 12,
20, 24, 40, 60 and 80. Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
Manufacturer and Product Licence Holder: Benckiser Healthcare (UK) Limited, Dansom
Lane, Hull, HU8 7DS,
Date of preparation: February 2015.
Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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