Product Type: Gaviscon in Health Therapies / Treatments
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Gimme A Gulp Of Gaviscon
Gaviscon Peppermint Liquid Relief
Member Name: Vialdana
Gaviscon Peppermint Liquid Relief
Advantages: Works FAST
Disadvantages: there are certain conditions and meds that mean you can't take this so be careful!
I'm quite lucky that I no longer get bad bouts of indigestion and heartburn, but I used to suffer from this very badly and do still occasionally get a badish burst that makes me want something to make it go away 'now'.
Over the years I tried a number of different treatments but none were as good as Gaviscon and this is why I like to keep some in the house.
This is a liquid and comes in a brown bottle of varying sizes - I tend to buy the small bottle these days, but if you use the stuff a lot, then the big bottle saves you quite a bit of money which is always helpful to know. To be fair, even a little bottle of this is quite expensive, and 150ml costs around £4ish with a little variation depending on where you get it obviously. The thing is, though you can get brands that are a fair bit cheaper, I've never found them to work as well, so this one is worth the money in my opinion.
The liquid itself is fairly thick and gloopy, and it does settle out some if you leave it sat for a few days, so before you use it, it's important to give the bottle a nice vigorous shake. There are two flavours this peppermint one, and an aniseed one - be careful if like me you don't like aniseed as the two bottles look VERY similar and I've made the mistake of buying the aniseed flavour before and not realised until I've opened the bottle to take some and then it's a case of put up or shut up really! The peppermint one is quite strong tasting, but slightly thick and a tiny bit gritty though nothing like as bad as some similar products. It's sort of like a medicine version of a minty thick milkshake lol. It's not a particularly pleasant texture - maybe that milkshake idea was a tad misleading there hmm... but its thickness does serve a purpose and when heartburn hits you do really just want it gone and virtually as soon as you take this it does help start to ease it.
The way this works is that it contains a variety of ingredients that are designed to help neutralise the extra acid that is giving you the discomfort. Firstly there's sodium bicarbonate (yes that's regular bicarb of soda like you put in some biscuits), then there's also sodium alginate too. The sodium alginate works slightly differently and helps to create this sort of barrier over the stomach contents so that no more acid can bubble up into your oesophagus and give you that nasty burning sensation.
An adult dose is 10-20mls and I know you should measure this, but when you wake in the middle of the night with a burning fire in your chest I hate to say it but it's just as easy to take a swig straight from the bottle and I'm afraid this is what often happens with me. As I'm the only one using the stuff, I'm not passing my germs to anyone else, so although it's not terribly sensible I can't see me doing anything different in future (turning a light on, finding a spoon and attempting not to drip it everywhere at 4am is not gonna happen lol - I'd make one heck of a mess!).
The very best thing about this stuff is the speed it works at. From the moment you swallow it starts to cool down that nasty bitter burning taste/sensation, and within maybe 5-10 minutes I'm normally able to lay back down and sleep again without any problem. For me, that's worth a LOT as sleep is a big issue sometimes as I have Fibromyalgia. One thing you do need to be aware of however, are that if you take betablockers or some other medications you should either avoid this completely, or in the case of some slow release capsules/tablets you have to make sure you don't use this within x amount of time of taking them. - In other words, if you're on any other meds TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR FIRST! It's also important to check with a doctor if you're pregnant or on a low sodium diet too because of the ingredients in this.
I personally find this stuff marvellous for relieving my acid issues and would certainly recommend this for others to use if you have bad heartburn/acid indigestion, however, as it does stop some medicines being released properly that warning about talking to your doctor first is a pretty important one.
Summary: A very good indegestion/acid remedy that's available over the counter.