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I had always been very fortunate and rarely if ever suffered heartburn or indigestion until I was pregnant with my daughter. However in the later stages of my pregnancy I began to suffer badly, most especially with heartburn. I mentioned it in passing at a check up, which led to me being prescribe Gaviscon which I have also brought over the counter a few times since.
~What is it?~
Gaviscon is used to treat the symptoms of heartburn and indigestion and as well as the Peppermint and Anissed liquids it can also be purchased in tablet form. Gaviscon is widely available and costs £5.59 for 300ml on the Boots website.
~Dosage & Use~
The Gaviscon Liquid Peppermint needs to be shaken before use. It is suggested to use after meals and at bedtime and the dosage is clearly detailed on the side of the bottle.
I find the taste to be very artificial, and it does not really taste the way I would expect peppermint to taste, it is not unpleasant but it does have a strong and lingering after taste.
It does smell quite strongly of peppermint so I was surprised that the taste did not meet my expectations.
~Does it work?~
I absolutely swore by this whilst pregnant and never went anywhere without my bottle stashed somewhere. I founds that it worked really well for me and certainly provided greater relief than anything else I tried and believe me I tried everything. As I had not previously suffered heartburn before I really did not appreciate just how uncomfortable it an be and whilst relief is not instant this certainly does help and if I forgot to take after meals I certainly knew about it later.
This has become a medicine cupboard staple in our house and my partner also swears by it. This really does provide relief and when I was heavily pregnant this was a godsend and helped me to feel a little more comfortable. Highly recommend.
This review also appears on CIAO under the same username.
WHAT IS IT?
Gaviscon is peppermint flavoured medicine that helps you to stop suffering with heartburn or indigestion.
HOW DO YOU USE IT?
You only have to drink a little bit of the Gaviscon to make yourself feel better, you do not have to measure it out but when I have heartburn I have one big mouth full of it and that is enough that I need to feel better.
DOES IT WORK?
I think this works very well and I have used Gavison all 3 times that I have had heartburn while I was pregnant because it is safe to use while you are carrying a baby, I buy it now also because I sometimes have indigestion when I have eaten tomatoes and because I am Italian a lot of my cooking has tomatoes in it so this is something good to keep in my kitchen cupboard.
The Gaviscon feels very cool and the peppermint is a nice flavour that I think makes the medicine taste even cooler. That refreshes my throat and when it goes down my heartburn or indigestion is helped, not helped completely I do not think but the pain gets a lot less and that lasts for a long time after I have drank some Gaviscon. You can buy it in aniseed flavour also but I like the peppermint taste best and I think this one works best out of both of them. It is very thick and it feels like there is a coating being put inside your throat when you swallow it.
The price of Gaviscon is very different in different shops. The last time I brought a 300 mil bottle I paid £5.69 for it but I have brought it in other shops and paid a lot less like £4.50. I do not know if that is when it is on special promotion price but it is never marked as a special price and I think that the shops charge what they want to for it. If you need Gaviscon when you are pregnant then ask your doctor because he can prescribe it for you and then it will not cost you anything.
5 Dooyoo Stars.
Gaviscon is a liquid which helps with the symptoms of heartburn and indigestion and it comes in a range of sizes and flavours including the original minty flavour, peppermint and aniseed. I do prefer peppermint to the other flavours so I will usually buy this one. It comes in a 300ml or 600ml bottle but the larger one is far better value as I last paid £7.20 for a 600ml bottle from Asda and the 300ml bottle was £5.59. They usually have a long use by date on them so if you can afford it it is best to buy the larger size.
It is made to soothe the pain and discomfort from heartburn and acid indigestion and it can also be used to treat gastic reflux whereby the acid in your stomach flows up into your foodpipe. It is sugar free and gluten free and is suitable if you are pregnant or breast feeding which is good to know as not all of these types of liquid are. It is suitable for adults and children over 12 years old. Adults can take two to four 5ml spoonfuls preferably after eating and also at bedtime if needed and children aged 6 to 12 years can take one to two spoonfuls in the same way.
You need to shake the bottle well before use to make sure that all the ingredients are well mixed together. The liquid does taste a bit chalky as most of these medicines do, but the taste of peppermint overrides this and is quite a pleasant taste. I would describe the consistency as that of thin cream does stick in your mouth and leave a bit of a coating for a while but this soon disappears. I find that it works very quickly and my symptoms start to subside after about ten minutes of taking the liquid.
It does contain sodium so you should be careful if you are on a low sodium diet and should consult your doctor before taking it. If you know you are allergic to any of the ingredients you should not take as it can have side effects of difficulty in breathing and skin rashes. Each 10ml of Oral Suspension contains 500mg Sodium Alginate Ph Eur, 267mg Sodium Bicarbonate Ph Eur and 160mg Calcium Carbonate Ph Eur as the Active Ingredients. It also contains Carbomer, Methyl (E218) and Propyl (E216) Parahydroxybenzoates, Sodium Saccharin, Sodium Hydroxide, Peppermint Oil and Water
This is a quick and easy medicine for the symptoms of heartburn and indigestion, it works quickly and is widely available. I would say that the large size will last me for at least six months or more so it doesn't work out too expensive in the long run.
Having thought that I had escaped the heart burn during my pregnancy, it seemed to hit me all of a sudden last weekend with unbearable burning pain in my chest. My first thought was to ask my other half to fetch me some Rennies but when he went to our local shop they didn't have any so he came back with a bottle of Gaviscon costing £3.85 - well worth it for the pain I was in!
Gaviscon is safe to take during pregnancy and you can have 10ml, I used one of those plastic syringes you get with the calpol to measure. I was expecting the taste to be horrible like old fashioned medicine but to my surprise it didn't taste too bad, it was a sweet peppermint taste.
The relief from the Gaviscon was almost instant, cooling the burning pain I had. I only needed one more dose a few hours later and the pain had gone but I will be keeping the bottle handy for if it returns.
When I was pregnant with Jack 5 years ago I suffered severely with indigestion from about 18 weeks and now pregnant with my second child I am again suffering. We have just found out its another boy but I was so sure it was going to be as I feel the same now as I did with Jack, same cravings same everything, including the dreaded indigestion!
Gaviscon was a godsend back in 2007 and it is really doing me proud now too. I have to say that this is by far the best remedy for my indigestion than any other product I have tried and now I wouldn't reach for anything else to give me fast relief.
I currently have the 600 ml bottle of the peppermint flavour Gaviscon and this is the flavour I find to be the most tolerable. The bottle does come in a smaller or larger size but of course the price will vary accordingly. A bottle this 600 ml size will set you back around the £9 region though luckily being pregnant I now get all my prescriptions free and this is something that my doctor is more than happy to prescribe for me.
I can't say that the taste of the Gaviscon liquid is nice but its not the worst thing I have had in my mouth! The peppermint flavour is not overly strong but seems to take the edge of the texture of the liquid somewhat. The texture of the liquid is thick and gooey and it seems to stick to the sides of my mouth and indeed down my throat when I swallow and this I guess it what makes it sooth and ease the burning discomfort of the indigestion.
When I first started using this product 5 or so years ago I was surprised at how quick and effective the product was and it is still the same when I use it today. As soon as I have had a swig out of the bottle of the thick liquid it seems to slide its way down my throat easing as it goes. After a while of using the bottle there is a good deal of crust accumulated around the rim of the bottle and this needs cleaning off to ensure you don't end up with the crispy crust in your mouth and of course if you are sharing the bottle with others it possibly isn't a nice idea to swig out of the bottle how I do. The recommended amount of Gaviscon to take is 10-20 ml either after meals or before bed but I tend to take a swig whenever the burn is getting to me and a little bit of the Gaviscon seems to be just as effective as having the right amount.
All in all I can't praise this product highly enough. It is nice to be able to take something during pregnancy that will fight off a symptom and I just wish they could invent something that would rid me of my terrible sinus pain!
I would highly recommend this product to anyone who is suffering from heartburn, acid reflux or indigestion as it works every time and very quickly too!
I think a top score of 5 out of 5 stars is well deserved.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
many thanks for taking the time to read.
Gaviscon liquid is a remedy to help you sort out your poorly tummy if you have indigestion or more accurately acid reflux aka heartburn. Unfortunately I suffer quite badly with heartburn (even worse now I'm pregnant) and have tried many remedies for it including Gaviscon liquid. It comes in 150ml, 300ml or 600ml bottles in peppermint or aniseed flavours. I have the misfortune of owning the aniseed flavour. The 600ml is currently £7.79 in Boots and depending upon how reliant you are on Gaviscon depends on how long it will last you.
The recommended doses are (from Boots.com):
Adults and children over 12 years: Take 10 - 20 ml (two to four 5ml spoonfuls) after meals and at bedtime.
Children 6 to 12 years: Take 5-10ml (one to two 5ml spoonfuls) after meals and at bedtime.
Children under 6 years: not recommended
I don't think there is anything to suggest it is harmful if you take too much, my pregnant friends claim to "swig it down" regularly in the latter months of pregnancy anyway, not that I would recommend that of course!
OK Gaviscon liquid in one word is VILE. I'm not sure what it is I don't like but it has a sort of chalky feel to the liquid and the liquid is quite thick - a bit like very thick milk. A coating lingers in your mouth too which is not nice. I think it is thick so that it lingers all the way down the food pipe (can't spell the posh word for it sorry!) and coats the walls to sooth them and ease the pain of the acid. Unfortunately this lingers in your mouth too. The taste of the aniseed is also VILE (really very few redeeming features here), I love aniseed and aniseed balls and Pernod/Ouzo flavours, but mixed with the chalky consistency, bleugh, it just tastes horrible.
Difficult to say if the acid reflux is halted by this stuff as I only use it on emergency occasions as it is so vile , I usually focus less on the acid and way more on the taste of the Gaviscon so I guess there is some placebo effect in place if nothing else.
I won't buy this again, I will stick to Gaviscon double action tablets which are fab for my acid reflux. I think the consistency and taste of the liquid are too much to bear for me so I am glad I have found a good alternative :)
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.
Recently I had really bad indigestion. I had eaten too much and the pain was quite painful that I needed instant relief. I popped to the shop to buy some Gavison tablets because I had bought them before but the shop had no stock of the tablets, so I bought the liquid form instead.
The liquid is in a clear brown bottle which has a twist off top. The top does twist easily but it is child proof. It is recommended to use 10ml to 20ml, this amount is for adults. Children over the age of 6 years old can use this product, although I have never given it to a child. The liquid is quite thick and flows from the bottle easily. It does have a strong peppermint smell and one that I find a nice one. The liquid is soft and smooth and so very easy to swallow.
I found that around 5 minutes after I had taken my first dosage that my symptoms felt a lot better. It took around 20 minutes or so before I felt a lot more relief. I found it fast working and such a fast relief from pain. This liquid works in no time at all to help in a super fast time. The taste is a nice one, I find that it does taste of the peppermint and it is not a bitter taste. I quite like it and although some people don't always like the taste of peppermint, I do think that this product would be suitable to bypass the taste if not liked.
It is sugar free and gluten free too.
I suffered with indigestion twice in one week and this worked for removing it completely both times. There is nothing worse than indigestion that won't go away naturally. This is a product that works in a quick time to give for more comfort. Sometimes if we leave indigestion it does become more painful and so it is wise to treat it as soon as possible. It can be so irritating having this pain and it can be very painful if left without using this kind of product. It is available in supermarkets and good chemists.
It can also be used for anyone suffering with heartburn. Heartburn and indigestion can be really painful. I often suffer with both these because I do eat a lot. I find this liquid form works just as well as the tablets but not as convenient to use on the go as easily as the tablets. I think it is worth the price of around £3.70 for 150ml. It is good value for this price to give an almost instant relief from pain. It works a treat for me. I will buy this again. I like the taste and it works in good time to relieve pain and discomfort.
I do recommend it for anyone who suffers with heartburn or indigestion.
I rate it 5 stars.
I had never suffered heartburn at all until I became pregnant with my daughter. During my pregnancy I could hardly leave the house without taking a swig of Gaviscon to relieve the discomfort. My daughter is now 17 and unfortunately I have suffered bouts of indigestion and heartburn occasionally ever since.
I have found that Zantac tablets are fantastic but they are also expensive and take a little while to work so I tend to keep a small bottle of Gaviscon in my medicine cupboard for when I need immediate relief.
I don't use this often so I prefer to buy the small bottle which is only 150ml and cost just under £4. Larger bottles are available but I know that they would have expired long before I finished them.
The bottle is a traditional brown glass one and is round which makes it easy to hold and it is also nice and stable when sitting on a shelf. The top is large and white with a thick rib design which makes it easy to open even if you have slight problems with dexterity. It comes with a red security seal so that you can tell the bottle hasn't been tampered with.
The label is in turquoise blue which is the trademark colour for the complete Gaviscon range. There is also a product called Gaviscon Advance liquid which has similar packaging so I have to be careful to select my preferred product. The label also shows a diagram of a torso with a flame in the centre which does a great job of depicting how heartburn actually feels.
The product is available in two flavours; Aniseed and Peppermint. I like them both and just buy whichever one is available (although I don't seem to have seen the aniseed one for a while). I currently have a bottle of the peppermint flavour.
There are lots of heartburn and indigestion remedies on the market which normally contain a mixture of antacid salts to neutralise the stomach acid. Gaviscon liquid contains Sodium Bicarbonate and Calcium carbonate to fulfil that role. However what makes Gaviscon work more effectively for me is that it also contains a large amount of Sodium Alginate. This has a small amount of neutralising activity but its main function is to produce a protective "raft" on top of the stomach contents. A lot of the pain from heartburn is from the acidic contents of the stomach being pushed up and through the sphincter at the top of the stomach into the oesophagus. This rafting effect helps to coat the stomach contents so as to protect the delicate lining of the oesophagus and thus relieve the horrible burning sensation.
The mixture is quite thick so the bottle has to be shaken really well before taking a dose. There is no measuring spoon or cup provided with this medicine so you have to use your own. The dose for adults is 10-20ml after meals and at bedtime according to the label. However, since I only suffer a problem occasionally I just use this on a "when required" basis and I must be guilty and admit that when I can't find a spoon I have been known to just gulp a mouthful from the bottle although this is not accurate or hygienic (I am the only person in my family who uses it though!). The white, peppermint liquid is very strongly flavoured; it reminds me of Extra-strong mints. The mixture feels very thick but it is easy to swallow and doesn't feel too gritty, unlike some other mixtures I have tried.
After swallowing this you can almost feel the medicine staring to work immediately. Within a minute or two I start to feel a soothing effect and within 5 minutes I am certainly a lot more comfortable with the burning sensation completely relieved. The effects tend to last a couple of hours and it is only rarely that I feel inclined to take a second dose as the irritation as usually passed.
When I buy a bottle it usually has at least a couple of years shelf life on it and there are no restrictions once the bottle has been opened. As long as it has been shaken well with each does to distribute the contents it will keep perfectly well until the expiry date. It should be kept at an ambient temperature, definitely not in a fridge or a warm room.
This mixture is also suitable or children over 6 with a reduced dose. However I would think that the strong flavour would put children off and I also think that if my children had been complaining of indigestion at such a young age I would check with a Dr first before using something like Gaviscon.
I have never suffered any side-effects from this product. Occasional reports have made about skin rashes and difficulty breathing so if either of these things happen they could be due to the medicine.
This product does contain saccharin as it is sugar free. The liquid is gluten-free.
The main problem with Gaviscon Liquid is its sodium levels. As I have stated I only use the product occasionally and do not have any problems with my sodium levels. However any person who is on a restricted salt diet should be aware that one 10mlo dose contains 6.2mmol of sodium. Some ladies who suffer very high blood pressure in pregnancy may also have been told to watch their sodium levels so it is worth checking with the midwife to ensure it is suitable to use. I didn't have this problem and found it a godsend when pregnant.
Overall I think this is a brilliant product for relieving heartburn. It tastes fine to me and it takes effect really quickly to relieve the awful burning sensation. The small bottle size is very convenient for storage and for travelling although a 100ml bottle would be much more use when flying abroad to fit in those pesky clear plastic bags. The effects are not particularly long-lasting but they are sufficient for my needs and it is definitely the most effective heartburn liquid that I have found.
Ouch! Heartburn, what an annoying and painful condition. I don't suffer from it very regularly but when I do thankfully there are non prescription treatments such as Gaviscon. Most people find they end up with heart burn or acid reflux as a result of eating a particularly spicy meal. This isn't the case with me I love everything spicy, but then again even people that like spice can find themselves in discomfort if they then go to bed after eating. In my case my problem comes from caffeine. As I said in a previous review I don't drink coffee very often but when I do have a couple of coffees or just a very large one from those coffee places that seem to be everywhere nowadays, I soon feel the burn. The reason for this is that the caffeine relaxes the esophageal sphincter and allows the acids that are contained in the purposely reinforced stomach to escape up into the soft tissue of the esophagus. in the short term this is a minor condition but prolonged chronic acid reflux can be serious and extremely painful.
One way of treating preventing acid reflux and heartburn is to sleep in an upright position, just prop yourself up, this way gravity plays a part and helps prevent the acid from traveling up as far as it would if you were lying flat. But for mild heartburn treatments like Gaviscon can help. Gaviscon comes in a verity of flavours and also in a verity of treatment styles from Sachets to suckable sweets to my preferred method, the liquid form. It comes in a heavy brown glass bottle with a child proof chunky White plastic lid. There is a sticker on the bottle with the Gaviscon logo on the front and instructions and side effect warnings on the back. The warnings are for you to not use if you are allergic to any of the products ingredients. And the side effects are said to be breathing problems and skin rashes but it states that these occur very rarely and as a result to allergic reactions.
The reason I like this one over the others is the fact that this coats the throat as it goes down. That's the very thing that's needed with suffering from heartburn. It doesn't give instant results but does give instant minor relief, the liquid Is very thick and has a chalky taste and a chalky feeling as it coats the throat. Flavour wise I think it is awful, the one I use is described as peppermint flavour but I think it feels and tastes like swallowing a teaspoon of slightly less thick toothpaste. It takes at least ten minutes for me to feel any relief after taking Gaviscon and even longer for it to dampen down the burn completely.
Reflux suppressants such as this work within a few minutes but your doctor may prescribe a course of PPI's or Proton Pump Inhibitors such as Zoton pills that will prevent the over production of acid in the stomach and therefore prevent the problem of heartburn before it starts, a course should not last longer than four weeks normally as prolonged use has been linked to stomach ulcers. These are also prescribed as a treatment in the case of certain hernias.
Back to Gaviscon when it come to dosage, I usually take the largest dose just before going to bed as any discomfort is heightened when your lying in a dark quiet room trying to go to sleep. The dose "I take" is four 5ml spoonfuls after bed or at bedtime. There are lower doses depending on your level of discomfort. These are simply two or three 5ml spoonfuls instead of four.
This is the disclaimer that features on the back of the bottle.
" If symptoms do not improve in seven days, consult your doctor. Children under 12 years: should be given only on medical advice. Do not use in children of 6 years or under."
This has worked on me many times, I wish it worked a bit faster but when it does kick-in the relief is wonderful.
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It is very rare that I suffer with heartburn or indigestion, and this is something I am very thankful for. Some members of my family, including my Nan, get these problems quite often, so there is usually a stock of Gaviscon Liquid in a kitchen some where in my family.
I was at my Nans house once when I had a problem with some heartburn, and my Nan being the family pharmacist, immediatley pulled out the Gaviscon Peppermint for me. I had not tried it before, and I am not a huge fan of peppermint flavour, so I was a bit dubious to try it, but my Nan was insistent!
The Gaviscon is a thick, creamy texture, which is a slightly off white colour. You can smell the peppermint straight away, and it is quite a strong smell. As soon as I put some of this in my mouth, I was hit by the taste of it, and it is much stronger than it smells.
I was put off by the taste straight away, but had to swallow it. I did find it calmed the heartburn some what, but I could still taste the Gaviscon for about an hour afterwards. The results were good though, as it calmed the burning for a good while, and by the time the taste was gone, there was still no heartburn, so the taste is almost worth the results. The Gaviscon worked to calm the burn in about 10 - 15 minutes, which I thought was quite quick, but the taste made me feel sick, so a bit of swings and roundabouts it would seem for me.
I am lucky for the fact I do not get heartburn and indigestion very often, so I do not have to endure the horrible taste that comes along with it. My Nan swears by this stuff, as she suffers with heartburn quite often, as does my Aunt, and my Sister went through quite a lot of it when she was pregnant, as it was the only thing that calmed down the burning she felt.
I have to admit this stuff does work really well, but the taste is just disgusting. It does come in an Aniseed flavour too, which I also tried, but this does not fare well with me either. If you like either of the tastes, and you suffer from heartburn and indigestion, then this may well be the perfect product for you, but sadly for me, this product is not to be.
My Nan uses this about 2 - 4 times a week, and she says one bottle will last her a couple of months, so it can be good value for money, especially if you do not suffer with these problems very often. It has a very long shelf life, so you can keep it in the kitchen cupboard for some time, just in case you get a problem at some time.
You can get this on prescription, or you can buy it from Boots, Superdrugs and Other Pharmacies. You may also be able to buy it in some larger supermarkets, especially those which have a pharmacy in store.
I give this product a 4 out of 5 stars, as it does a great job in calming down the burn, and in quite a quick time, but the taste is just something I can not deal with.
*This review can also be found posted on Ciao under the username of Hailee*
I don't know where I would be without this product. Throughout my pregnancy I have had a few problems, chicken pox (Yup!), bugs etc. But the bain of my life at the moment is heartburn. Certain foods which I used to love have become a complete no go area for me. If you've ever been pregnant, you'll know how irritating heartburn is. Because I'm pregnant I feel as if I'm hungry every 5 minutes but it seems that if I don't eat something, the stomach acid travels up to my throat. Very annoying when you are, for example, lying in bed trying to get to sleep.
However, Gaviscon provides pretty much instant relief for me. It takes about 60 seconds to work and the peppermint flavour is pleasant enough. It's a big bottle and it lasts for ages. Dunno if it's true but I read somewhere that this product is great for problems with Flatulence lol. I'm not a sufferer but if I ever find out first hand whether this rumour is true, I'll definitely update this review!
If your pregnant or have ever been pregnant then youd definitly know all about heartburn lol its one of the many joys of pregnancy. For those that are new to it or haven't yet experienced it, I can only describe it as one of the most uncomfortable things ever. Its not the best feeling when your stomach acid decides to climb back up towards the throat which I personally find tends to get even worst at night or after ive eaten. Before comming across gaviscons i had tried some many other things such to try and combat it or even just help ease it off. I'd tried many things from trying to ignore it, drinking milk and wasting tons of money on all sorts of heartburn medicines but nothing had worked.
After speaking with my doctor I was finally prescribed a 300ml brown bottle of Peppermint Gaviscon Liquid Relief. As i'd never tried this before i was unsure about what to expect and to be honest having tried numerous other things in the past and them not having worked i wasnt exactly holding high hopes for it . When reading the bottle Gaviscon was described as being the best and quickest relief for heartburn and my god was this true lol.
For new users of gaviscon on the back of the bottle are a set of clear instructions. It states the bottle should be shaken before use and the dosage guidelines are that Adults can take between 10-20ml after meals and before bed times which would probely be easy if it came with a measuring cup or even a measuring spoon.. so probely best to buy this seperatly if you don't already own one . The liquid is ment to make it easy to swallow although i do find this hard simply because of the flavours. Im not sure about how other people feel about it, some might find them nice and refreshing however if your like me you wont find any of them to be nice. I definitly miss the good old days of strawberry flavoured capol *sigh* what it was to be young lol . The current flavours they do are either peppermint or anacid which I personally find the peppermint one a bit more bearable however its still not great and i find i do have to sip at it otherwise i can't take it. However even with the tiny negative that is the taste of it. I find it is easily bearable just because of how well i know it works. The soothing effect happens almost immediately after swallowing it and the discomfort is slowly removed and stays that way for hours after taking it.
If you not lucky enough to beable to get this prescribed for you for free then Gaviscon liquid relief can be seen as a pretty expensive solution. The cheapest to date that ive found was from wilkinsons for £4.99.. l however would say rather than wasting loads of money on different cheap brands that won't work spend the one of payment of £4.99 as your'll soon see that it was definitly worth it. Especially if your anything like me as since falling pregnant I have practically had to live of this stuff daily.
It can be so uncomfortable having heartburn and indigestion but luckily Gaviscon is available in many different forms to help ease it.
The product --> It is quite a heavy brown glass bottle, with a lovely looking teal coloured label with an image which sort of shows what the product helps to control. The label is packed full of information about the product, because it doesn't come in a box or anything but just on its own.
I honestly think it is one of the better products of this sort on the market. For a quick fix if you feel acid reflux coming on, then I do definitely recommend this, especially the liquid products which even calm your throat down as you swallow the medicine.
Gaviscon works by making contact with the stomach acid and then it acts as a raft to stop coming up your oesophagus, making it much more easier to cope with.
The liquid is a dark pink colour, and it's good to shake the bottle before use, as sometimes if you don't use it in a while it can become a bit thin on top, and needs thickening up.
The cost --> The peppermind liquid is in three sizes, 200ml, 300ml and 600ml.
200ml usually retails about £3.97 (and I would recommend this for people who haven't tried it before, to check the taste out and make sure it is the right one for you)
300ml - £5
600ml - £7.24
The prices are taken from ASDA, so expect them to be higher prices in pharmacies. However, I really would recommend them, especially if you have over eaten greasy food or hot and spicy, because the relief is great. The taste is lovely too, nice and refreshing.
A recommended buy
I don't usually suffer with heartburn but as soon as I fall pregnant that is it months of pain, with my last pregnancy the heartburn was really bad and would wake me in the night so I had to try a number of different products to find something to help.
Gaviscon can be administered in a number of different ways, you can get sachets, tablets and liquid but as I went to the doctor for mine I was given the liquid. If you are buying the liquid you can get it in 150ml bottles for around £3 and 300ml bottles for around £6, if you get a prescription you pay for then each item is over £7 so it is cheaper to go and buy it yourself unless you can convince your doctor to give you a bigger bottle. There are 2 different flavours available in Gaviscon, peppermint and aniseed although my doctor only ever gave me aniseed so I think you have to buy it if you want the peppermint.
Gaviscon can be used to treat heartburn and indigestion and can be taken by adults and children over 12 years, heartburn is a burning sensation in the chest and it is caused when the acid in the stomach comes back up the gullet causing it to burn. Gaviscon works by forming a layer on top of the stomach contents to prevent it coming back up and the effects of it are supposed to last for up to 4 hours.
Gaviscon comes in a heavy glass bottle and is a very thick white liquid, I found that I couldn't manage to take the Gaviscon without gagging and being pregnant and sickness already being an issue I couldn't deal with it. I did manage to take this a couple of times and when I did I would say that it does work. The medicine is very chalky in consistency and I found it difficult to swallow, I wouldn't say that the effects lasted for 4 hours but it most certainly gave me relief so would have been nice if I could take it. My husband swears by this medicine but to this day I still can't take it so may have to try one of their tablet products instead. Even my baby takes Gaviscon as she has acid reflux and it seems to be a good product for her too, think the whole
range seems to work.
Gaviscon Original has a soothing effect, lasting for up to four hours / And because it doesn't enter the bloodstream it is suitable to use during pregnancy.