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From time to time I suffer with heartburn and acid indigestion usually when I eat late at night and don't give my food time to digest properly before settling down for the evening. My symptoms include a burning pain in my chest and small amounts of an acid type liquid which regurgitates into my throat and which tastes awful. I find that at times the pain hurts even when I am breathing and this is when I know I need to reach for the Gaviscon tablets. I used to take Gaviscon liquid but didn't really like the chalky consistency so started to buy the tablets. They come in mint, strawberry and these double action ones which are a minty taste.
The packet I am currently using contains 16 tablets but they also come in a pack of 32. I paid £2.25 for these from Tesco which I think is a good price for them. The active ingredients are 250mg sodium alginate, 133.5mg sodium hydrogen carbonate and 80mg calcium and they do not contain sugar or gluten so are suitable for a lot of people.
These tables are supposed to form a raft over the stomach contents which prevents acid coming back up into the oesophagus. They are very sweet to the taste and do taste a bit artificial but I find the taste very pleasant. The tablets are easily released from a foil backing. You can suck the tablets or crunch them straight away. If you do suck the tablets they get soft and when you start to chew them they melt into a foamy soft consistency and are then easy to swallow. I find that within half an hour of taking them and often much sooner my symptoms start to fade and I can feel the relief.
You can have two to four tablets after meals and before bedtime up to four times a day but I find that one or two tablets seem to do the trick for me. They are not suitable for children under 12 unless taken on medical advice but I wouldn't think that many children would suffer with these symptoms.
I would suggest that if you experience heartburn and related symptoms on a regular basis or if these tablets don't make any difference you should seek medical advice straight away as I think that these tablets are more for occasional sufferers. I consider myself to fall within the occasional sufferer category and these tablets really do work for me.
== How Gavison Double Action Works ==
The stomach needs to produce strong acid to digest your food, where its walls are equipped to deal with a normal amount of acid.
However, if this acid becomes even stronger than it needs to be, or gets outside of the stomach where the digestion is not so well equipped to deal with it, you will feel a burning sensation.
The cause of excess acid is often temporary such as over-indulgence or stress. This is the type of situation where Gaviscon Double Action tablets have helped me cope with the short-term effects.
They contain two antacids, calcium carbonate and sodium bicarbonate. These help to neutralise the excess stomach acid, and form a protective barrier to reduce the burning pain.
== Possible Problems ==
As with all medicines, it is wise to read all of the information that comes with it before taking. I will mention the possible problems that I think are most common.
If Gaviscon is taken within 2 hours of other oral medicine, it can affect the effectiveness of the other medicine, so time doses accordingly.
Some patients need to restrict the amount of calcium and/or potassium in their diet. If this applies to you, do not take without medical advice.
If the reason for the excess acid is not obvious, taking these tablets could mask the symptoms of a serious stomach complaint. Again, if this applies to you seek medical advice. Even if you think the cause is obvious, do not take for more than 7 days without consulting a pharmacist or doctor.
== Availability ==
Gaviscon Double Action is available without prescription from many pharmacies and supermarkets.
I find it most convenient to take in a chewable tablet form. The mint flavour helps disguise most of the "chalkiness" for me.
I have seen the tablets in packs of 16 (for about £2.90) and 32 (for about £4.25). An adult dose is 2 to 4 tablets, up to four times a day.
I noticed a lot of special offers around Christmas time, when people are more likely to eat too much or get stressed out.
It is also available as a liquid, but for me this option can get a bit messy when trying to measure accurate amounts.
== Short Term ==
I have found these very effective in relieving the symptoms of an over-acidic stomach when I have eaten something that disagrees with me, simply overeaten, or had a temporarily stressful time.
== Long Term ==
If, unlike the examples above, the causes is not obvious, or the symptoms go on for more than a week, it is important to seek advice from a pharmacist or doctor, as taking Gaviscon could mask the symptoms of a serious illness.
I have suffered with heartburn/indigestion for many years. I have a very mild acid reflux and so I use tablets like this to assist me in fighting any heartburn/indigestion I might get. The past few years I've managed it well but avoiding certain foods and taking Rennie if required. One day having ran out of Rennie a friend recommended I tried Gaviscon as she advised these helped her out a great deal with her acid reflux so I brought a pack. I got mine from Boots priced £4.25 for 32, almost double the price I usually pay for Rennie but these were double action tablets and did come highly recommended so I thought it was worth a shot. The packet itself is light blue in colour and advises an adult take 2-4 tablets after meals to avoid ill effects or to combat any indigestion/heartburn experienced. I was ok at this point so kept them in my bag until I needed them
A few days later one afternoon I could feel the prangs of indigestion so I popped 2 in my mouth. They are fairly small, around 1cm radius, 1 side is pink, other is white (for the dual action). Taste wise the white side was the best, light minty taste, the pink on the other hand had a really weird taste to it, had it been the pink flavour on its own I don't think I would have taken them again but I carried on. I always suck the tablets gentley and Rennie are very easy on the tongue, these however took ages to dissolve. After about 10 minutes only half the tablet had gone so I chewed them which in turn released more of the pink side taste into my mouth, this did not help them dissolve any quicker, it just left bits of it stuck to my teeth, eventually I had chewed enough to swallow it but was left with a not so nice taste in my mouth. Effects wise it was almost straight away and did help out, but for me I much prefer Rennie in terms of taste, price and effects I think Rennie is much better to use. As a dual action tablet it is quite good though as an idea
These Gaviscon tablets are intended to work for both heartburn and indigestion and provide relief from both. I suspect this is why the chewable tablets are half white and half pink, but I suspect this is partly a marketing gimmick as well!
I did get some relief from these tablets, but unfortunately that was outweighed by the fact that they had a thoroughly unpleasant taste and texture so that chewing them was not a very nice experience at all. The tablets turned into a nasty paste type texture when chewed and about the half the tablet stuck firmly to my teeth!
The chewable tablets don't really taste of mint either, they just have a slightly generic chalky tablet-ey taste.
I only bought these tablets as it was a Sunday evening so I couldn't go to Boots or the big supermarkets to get an own brand version, but I certainly won't be buying them again. I've had better results from basic, much cheaper indigestion tablets, and they usually taste better and are easier to chew too! The famous brand name and the well designed box aren't worth paying more for!
This is a review of Gaviscon Double Action Tablets which I have recently purchased to combat the persistent heartburn I have experienced during this (and the previous) pregnancy. I think I've tried everything on the market actually, being caught out shopping with no tablets and desperate to put out the 'fire' in my chest.
I had loads of tablets at home but none on me so I just wanted a small box which are easier to take on the go. The Gaviscon Double Action Tablets are available in boxes of 16 and I knew I wanted mint flavour as the fruit flavour tablets make me feel ill.
What are they?
The tablets are double action and target both heartburn and indigestion. It is the former I have the most trouble with. They come in a cardboard box and then are shrink wrapped on to foil and you can easily press out a tablet. Each tablet is two layers with a pink and a white bit. These promise long lasting relief working to neutralise stomach acid with the white layer and form a protective barrier over the stomach with the pink layer.
You can take this product if you are pregnant or breast feeding (phew!).
I just take one and chew it before swallowing, sometimes (often) I need to take another straight away. It advises between two to four tablets after meals and before bedtime up to four times a day.
These did work but not as quickly as I hoped. It took around 10 minutes before I felt better. I was OK for the rest of the day afterwards though which is good as it does usually recur quite frequently.
I got my box of 16 Gaviscon Double Action Tablets from Boots for £2.90. They had some offers on other brands if you bought two boxes but mine was an emergency purchase and I just wanted a quick fix.
These are not the best tasting tablets (I prefer a more chalky consistency) and they got a bit lumpy whilst chewing and stuck around my teeth. The pink bit reminds me of those dental tablets that show you where plaque is on your teeth! They don't taste totally awful but I am not a big fan of the consistency. The fact that they work eventually though means that I will work my way through the rest of the pack but will probably not rebuy in the future. A good plus point for them is that they don't dry out your mouth like some own brand ones I have used and they don't leave a terrible after taste in your mouth hours later.
Whilst I don't recommend these as the best I have ever tried, they do work so it's not all bad. I don't like the consistency and wish they would work a little quicker but feel that for the price they are a solution to a painful ailment.
Gaviscon Double Action is a variation on the normal Gaviscon tablets, which are known to aid with heartburn and indigestion. What's so special about this product is that it not only neutralises excess stomach acid quickly, but also forms a 'raft' over your stomach contents to help prevent acid from coming up into the oesophagus.
WHY I BOUGHT THIS
I do get quite serious ingestion that results in very uncomfortable belching and burping. I've been to the doctor's and the first time I was there, one of the medicines that he recommended was Gaviscon, and that was the first time that I tried the Gaviscon tablets - and they kind of helped to relieve partially the symptoms. But unfortunately my stomach got worse, and I actually got a prescription from the doctor for a stronger medicine, which worked for me, but I did not want to continue consuming such a strong medicine since my condition was getting better. So when I was browsing in the supermarket, and I saw Gaviscon Double Action and I read the description that there was a special second function about preventing acid from coming back up - I suddenly remembered that the strong medicine that I was taking a while back had the same thing too! So I decided to give Gaviscon Double Action a try - and I'm glad I did.
PACKAGING AND APPEARANCE
Gaviscon Double Action comes in boxes of either 16 (2.50 pounds at Tesco) or 32 (4 pounds at Tesco). Yo u can easily distinguish them from the normal Gaviscon because of the bright pink colour that indicates Double Action. The tablets come in a foil pouch, each individually packaged. The tablets are half pink and half white, and are about the same size as the normal Gaviscon tablets.
USE AND EFFECTIVENESS OF TABLETS
The recommended dosage is up to four times a day, and to take two - four tablets when symptoms occur after meals or at bed time. These are chewable tablets, so there's no need for water - just chew and let them work their wonders. I typically take two tablets when I feel some slight discomfort after my meals, because these take about 15-20 minutes to take effect for me. I find that it helps to control the belching quite a bit, which is why I always find it quite handy to carry these around.
One thing I don't like about these though is that when you chew on them, they tend to get stuck on your teeth. For me it gets stuck on my molars and it's kind of sticky and not so easy to remove. I usually just leave it there and hopefully with a few gargles or rinses with water it loosens up, but it's kind of uncomfortable in the mean time.
WILL I RECOMMEND IT?
Yes, if you do have some indigestion troubles you might want to try this product and see how it works for you. Of course sometimes the symptoms are more serious, or they may mean more than what you think it is, so if symptoms persist be sure to see your doctor as well!
Sometimes when I eat out or get take-out food, I get very bad indigestion and heartburn, it usually passes quickly but sometimes it can make me feel unwell for the rest of the night. When I am feeling unwell after eating, I like to take Gaviscon Double Action.
Gaviscon Double Action is a mint peppermint tablet that helps calm down heartburn and helps digestion when you are feeling unwell after eating, it works by neutralising stomach acid and coating your stomach and chest with a protective soothing barrier.
These tablets are really easy to take, they are peppermint flavoured and they do not taste very bad, however they have quite a chalky taste to them which I wouldn't really be fond of. To take these tablets you simply take 1-4 tablets after eating and chew they tablet thoroughly before swallowing (ages 12+).
I find that these tablets get to work quite quickly and they usually get rid of my sore stomachs and chest when I have got heartburn and indigestion. These tablets take about 10 minutes to come into effect and make any real difference, which is quite quick in my opinion.
You can buy Gaviscon Double Action in Boots for around £5.25 for 32 tablets, which is quite expensive, but the price is worth it as they really do get to work quite quickly and a packet of 32 does me months and months, so I do not have to buy these very often.
Overall I think that these are great for getting rid of indigestion and also they calm down heartburn quite a bit. I will definitely be re-buying them and I would recommend them to anyone who suffers from heartburn and indigestion when they eat the wrong foods. Overall I would give these 4 out of 5 stars.
The active ingredients in Gaviscon Double Action are Sodium Alginate, Sodium Bicarbonate and Calcium Carbonate.
There is no sugar in these tablets and you can use them if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
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A couple of weeks ago we decided after having our dinner on the Friday to brave our local Tesco Express and get the weekly food shop out of the way so that we could have the weekend free. I'd had a delicious meal that wasn't particularly heavy and then we headed off to the supermarket. An hour later though, whilst we were busy shopping I started to get a burning sensation below the chest area and my stomach started to get quite bloated and painful. Knowing just what I needed I headed over to the medicine aisle and picked up some Gaviscon Double Action tablets.
The Gaviscon tablets come in a green coloured box with the silhouette of a man on the front with a flame burning in his chest. They've got that right - my chest did feel like it was on fire! Each box contains 32 tablets, and is priced at around £3.80. I opted for the mint flavoured ones. The front states that these tablets are a remedy for heartburn and indigestion.
The key ingredients in each tablets are sodium alginate, sodium bicarbonate and calcium carbonate. The tablets come in strip and each one consists of a pink and white layer. Each coloured part of the tablet serves a purpose. The white layer acts to neutralise excess stomach acid to relieve pain and discomfort whilst the pink layer (sodium alginate) forms a protective barrier over the stomach contents to soothe the burning sensation in your chest. Together these work to provide long lasting relief from the pain and discomfort of heartburn and acid indigestion.
The tablets were easily removed from the strips. It is recommended to take two to four tablets after meals and at bedtime up to 4 times a day. I popped one into my mouth and started to chew. I could taste the mint but this was not particularly strong and they had quite a chalky texture (which will be the calcium carbonate, more commonly known as chalk!). I found the tablets a bit difficult to swallow as they got stuck to my teeth and I had to keep using my tongue to prise the bits out before being able to swallow. I did find this quite awkward and annoying.
Once I'd swallowed the first tablet I repeated the process with the second one. The relief these tablets offer is pretty fast. Within about 5 minutes of swallowing these the burning sensation started to ease and the bloating in my stomach started to go down. After about 10 minutes I felt back to my normal self!
As the tablet does not enter the bloodstream it is suitable for those who are pregnant or breastfeeding. The tablets also do not contain sugar or gluten but are sweetened with aspartame. The double action formula also comes in liquid form and I tend to keep a bottle of this in my medicine cabinet. However the tablets are handy when out and about and they always accompany me when I go abroad. Overall I think this is a fantastic product providing fast relief from painful acid indigestion and heartburn.
I don't often get indigestion but when I do I always use Gaviscon Double Action Tablets. I got my last packet from Boots and they were £4.99 for 32 tablets. They come in a turquoise and pink box with Gaviscon Double Action Tablets on the front. They are for heartburn and indigestion and Gaviscon claims they give "fast powerful relief". I would have to whole heartedly agree with this. The instructions are on the back of the pack along with the ingredients.
Gaviscon Tablets are suitable for children over 12 years old and pregnant or breastfeeding women. They are also sugar free which is important if like me you are diabetic. You should, however consult your doctor before taking these if you are on a diet restricted in calcium or salt as both of these ingredients are quite high in Gaviscon Tablets.
The tablets I buy are in a blister pack, but you can also buy them in a small plastic pot. Each tablet is in two layers a white layer which is to neutralise the acid and the pink layer provides a protective layer over the stomach contents to relieve any burning pain. The two layers do taste very different, the white layer is quite pleasantly minty while the pink layer tastes mildly salty to me. They are not unpleasant though, and don't have that chalkiness that some antacids have.
I generally need to chew two tablets to relieve my indigestion and if its really bad I have four. Gaviscon recommend that if your symptoms occur for more than seven days you should of course see your doctor.
I would recommend these indigestion tablets any day. They really do work fast!
Anyone reading me other reviews will know that I have reviewed other gaviscon products as I suffer from excess stomach acid a lot.
I have tried a lot of different types of indigestion remedies and some have been great, whilst others are dreaful. Out os all the ones I have tried, the Gaviscon products have always been the best and providing me with the best relief.
I mainly use Gaviscon liquid, which is by far the best form of this medicine. When I'm out and about I often use the Gaviscon cool mini tablets. Additionally I always keep some of these in the house and car, just in case.
I actually find that these are the next best thing to the Gaviscon liquid, which isn't always the best to use if your out and about because it comes in a large glass bottle. The mini tabs are great for keeping in your bag but these work a lot better than them.
These come as a tablet. One side is pink and the other white. They are a square shape and roughly the size of thumb nail.
They don't really taste of much and can be slightly chalky in the mouth, but not as bad as some other brands. However they did work very well and were almost as good as the liquid.
The dosage is 1 or 2 tablets, I usually need the two but they do work on the acid and help to relieve the heartburn and indigestion that I suffer from.
The only reason I don't always carry these around with me is because the other mini tablets are a smaller pack. These are a bit more expensive at around £2.50 for 8, although I think they are available in a larger size which is usually better value.
I suffer from very terrible heartburn/acid reflux and had years of taking prescription drugs to try and combat it. Someone suggested I tried Gaviscon double action tablets and they work wonders.
You may know them from the TV advert, where a little fireman slides down the throat with a white hose and a pink hose to "cool" the inflamed area.
The tablets are dual action, so one side is pink and more chalky this really helps to soak up the acid in the stomach, then the other side is white and has a nice minty taste to it, so you dont actually feel like you are eating chalk. I have not tried traditional Gaviscon so I can't make any comparisons but I know that both sides really do help to combat the acid reflux.
I think you can take up to 8 tablets a day, I usually need one or two depending on what I have eaten. If I am suffering badly I will take two, they dissolve on your tongue, they need to be sucked or chewed not swallowed whole. I hate taste of tablets usually but the mint in these makes them bareable. They work quite quickly and tend to settle my stomach quite well on the whole.
They are about £5.30 for 32, they are not needed on prescription you can buy them from any chemist. I think that they are quite expensive but worth it to stop the pain!
Fast, soothing and long lasting relief from the pain and discomfort of heartburn and acid indigestion.