SODIUM BICARBONATE 500 MG CAPSULES
Active substance(s): SODIUM BICARBONATE
PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start
taking this medicine because it contains
important information for you.
This medicine is available without prescription.
However you still need to take Sodium
Bicarbonate capsules carefully to get the best
results from them.
Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it
Ask your pharmacist if you need more
information or advice.
You must contact a doctor if your symptoms
worsen or do not improve after 24 hours.
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor
or pharmacist. This includes any possible
side effects, not listed in this leaflet. See
IN THIS LEAFLET
1. What Sodium Bicarbonate Capsules are and
what they are used for
2. What you need to know before you take
Sodium Bicarbonate Capsules
3. How to take Sodium Bicarbonate Capsules
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Sodium Bicarbonate Capsules
6. Contents of the pack and other information
1. WHAT SODIUM BICARBONATE CAPSULES
ARE AND WHAT THEY ARE USED FOR
phenothiazines (to treat anxiety or depression)
corticosteroids (to treat swelling and inflammation
or for allergic reactions)
lithium (for mental illness)
methotrexate (for certain types of tumours,
psoriasis or rheumatoid arthritis)
quinidine (to treat heart rhythm disorders)
ephedrine (to treat breathing problems)
phenytoin (for epilepsy)
chloroquine (to prevent or treat malaria)
penicillamine (for rheumatism)
dipyridamole (to prevent blood clots associated
with heart problems).
If you take more of your medicine than you should
If you (or someone else) swallow a lot of the capsules
all together, or if you think a child has swallowed any
of the capsules, contact your nearest hospital
casualty department or your doctor immediately. A
severe overdose is likely to cause shortness of
breath, muscle weakness, uncontrolled shaking of
body and prolonged unconsciousness.
Please take this leaflet, any remaining capsules, and
the container with you to the hospital or doctor so that
they know which capsules were consumed.
If you forget to take your medicine
If you have been prescribed regular doses of this
medicine, and you forget to take your dose at the
correct time, take your dose as soon as you
remember, unless it is nearly time to take the next
one. Do not take a double dose to make up for a
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking
or have recently taken any other medicines, including
medicines obtained without a prescription.
If you have any further questions on the use of this
medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
If you currently are pregnant or breast-feeding or are
planning to become pregnant or to start breastfeeding, speak to your doctor or pharmacist before
taking this medicine.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Important information about some of the
ingredients in your medicine
Sodium Bicarbonate 500mg Capsules contain 137
milligrams (mg) sodium per capsule. If you are on a
low salt diet, contact your doctor before taking this
If the following happens, Stop taking your medicine
and tell your doctor immediately or go to the casualty
department at your nearest hospital:
You have an allergic reaction ( swelling of the
lips, face or neck leading to severe difficulty in
breathing, skin rash or hives)
This is very serious but rare side effect. You may
need urgent medical attention or hospitalisation.
Driving and using machines
Sodium bicarbonate is not known to affect your ability
to drive or operate machinery.
Tell your doctor if you suffer from any of the
following for more than a few days
Like all medicines, Sodium Bicarbonate 500mg
Capsules can cause side effects, although not
everybody gets them.
Sodium Bicarbonate 500mg Capsules are part of a
group of medicines called antacids.
3. HOW TO TAKE SODIUM BICARBONATE
Sodium Bicarbonate capsules are used to treat
Acidosis (a condition where the body fluids and
The following effects may also occur:
tissues are usually acid).
If you use Sodium Bicarbonate for a long time,
If your doctor has prescribed this medicine, always
your body tissues and fluids may become too
take Sodium Bicarbonate capsules exactly as your
alkaline. This is called alkalosis and you may
2. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU
doctor has told you. Otherwise, follow the instructions
notice muscle weakness and cramps.
TAKE SODIUM BICARBONATE CAPSULES
below. If you are not sure how to take this medicine,
Sodium Bicarbonate capsules contain a lot of
talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
sodium, which could make your blood pressure
Do not take Sodium Bicarbonate 500mg Capsules
go up or cause fluid accumulation in your body
Do not take more than prescribed dose.
Do not take the capsules for too long without seeing
You are allergic (hypersensitive) to Sodium
If you already have a low level of potassium in
your doctor. If your indigestion does not get any better
bicarbonate or any of the other ingredients of
your blood (hypokalaemia), Sodium Bicarbonate
after taking the capsules, go and see your doctor.
capsules may make this worse.
Take special care with Sodium Bicarbonate
If you experience these effects, or if you are worried
The capsules should be swallowed whole with a drink
You have had problems with your liver or kidneys
about them, you should contact your doctor or
You suffer from high blood pressure or have
suffered from heart problems
You are on a salt (sodium) restricted diet (see
Reporting side effects
Indigestion: 1g to 5g (2 to 10 capsules) taken when
also Important information about some of the
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or
required. Metabolic Acidosis: as directed by your
ingredients of sodium bicarbonate below) ,
pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects
You are elderly
not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side
effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at
Please talk to your doctor if your symptoms remain
If you are elderly you should consult your doctor
the same after taking this medicine.
By reporting side effects you can help provide more
before taking this medicine, and must be particularly
information on the safety of this medicine.
careful to follow your doctor's instructions.
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking
any of the following medicines:
antibiotics or antifungals (to treat an infection)
e.g. rifampicin, ketoconazole, tetracycline
5. HOW TO STORE SODIUM BICARBONATE
KEEP OUT OF THE REACH AND SIGHT OF
Do not use after the expiry date stated on the
packaging. The expiry date refers to the last day of
Store in the original package.
Do not use if you notice any damage or discolouration
to the capsules.
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. CONTENTS OF THE PACK AND OTHER
What Sodium Bicarbonate 500mg Capsules
The active substance is sodium bicarbonate. Each
capsule contains 500mg of sodium bicarbonate, of
which 137 milligrams (mg) is sodium.
The other ingredients are microcrystalline cellulose
and magnesium stearate. The capsule shell contains
gelatin and titanium dioxide (E171) and the printing
ink contains shellac (E904), black iron oxide (E172)
and potassium hydroxide.
What Sodium Bicarbonate 500mg Capsules look
like and contents of the pack
Sodium Bicarbonate 500mg Capsules are white size
“0”, hard gelatin capsules with axial print “KPL” on the
body and axial print “01” on the cap.
These capsules are available in pack sizes of 56.
Marketing Authorisation Holder
Relonchem Limited, Cheshire House, Gorsey Lane,
Widnes, Cheshire, WA8 0RP
Product licence number: PL 20395/0124.
This leaflet was last prepared in October 2017