Antacids refer to medicines that are ingested to neutralize the acid in your stomach thereby relieving heartburn, indigestion and stomach upset. Antacids can be either in tablet or liquid form and can be gotten from drug stores.
Irrespective of its benefits, long term use of antacids is not recommended by medical personnel because they only relieve symptoms temporarily and do not treat the underlying cause of illness.
Antacid medications restrict the production of stomach acid, acts as a barrier to limit the backflow of stomach contents into your esophagus and also reduce the gas in your stomach and intestine.
Most antacids are composed of different ingredients which provide rapid but temporary relief.
Certain risks are attached to taking antacids, and they include:
Antacids are containing sodium bicarbonate and calcium bicarbonate which release carbon dioxide as they neutralize stomach acid. It may eventually lead to bloating in your stomach and increased production of stomach acid.
- Suppresses a Problem
If Antacids are taken to relieve heartburn on a frequent basis, you are not curing your heartburn condition. You are more at risk of worsening your situation as the antacids will only hide the problem for that time.
- Electrolyte Imbalance
Some antacid, when absorbed, may cause electrolyte or acid-base disturbances, e.g. baking soda and bicarbonate.
- Decreases Nutrients Absorption
Another risk associated with taking antacids is that it leads to a decreased absorption of your body nutrients such as iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium and vitamin-c.
- Possibility of Diarrhea
Excessively taking of antacid can lead to diarrhea.
- Acid Rebound
There is also a case of acid rebound that makes the stomach produce more acids causing the heartburn to worsen instead of providing relief.
- Influence Test Results
Antacids may affect the results of some medical tests. It is especially so when the test is meant to measure the amount of acid the stomach produces.
- Taking antacids can lead to kidney stones
Antacids shouldn’t be taken if your kidneys are weak as this chemical can accumulate in the body causing adverse health challenges.
- Antacids also lead to swelling in some parts of the body, such as your feet, ankles, and hands. These swellings are caused mostly by products containing sodium bicarbonate.
- Muscle problems
A number of muscle problems can also be associated with taking antacids. It may include pain, muscle twitching, and weakness.
- Disrupts Breathing
Slower breathing is also another risk that occurs when you take antacids. It arises when antacids ingredients such as sodium bicarbonate or calcium bicarbonate alter the blood PH level. Your body attempts to compensate for the alkaline blood by adjusting the breathing pace.
When you take antacids, a range of symptoms which include dizziness, light-headedness, nausea, and headache can occur. Most of these symptoms are usually related to an alteration of blood electrolyte levels and changes in blood ph.