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I often found myself suffering with heartburn and indigestion. I used to ignore it as it seemed to come in 'waves' where I'd have it for five minutes and it'd go again. It seemed to be getting worse though so I decided it was time to try something to relieve the symptoms. I've used the Gaviscon liquid but the tablets are lore convenient for when you're out and about. They also don't share the not very nice taste that the liquid has.
The Gaviscon tablets come in a blue box with the Gaviscon logo on. Inside there's an information leaflet and the strip of tablets. They also come in a more handy plastic flip lid tub which I think is more suitable if you're on the go. The box of 16 costs £2.70, the 32 pack is £4.59. The little plastic box is more expensive but only by about 20p.
You can get the tablets in strawberry, mint and I think plain flavour.
The tablets themselves are round and a pale pink/ white colour. They're not too big. The tablets are meant to be chewed and in all fairness they don't taste too bad. They're not something you'd choose to eat recreationally but it's not something I dread having. They're quite powdery and dry but you can taste the strawberry flavouring.
The directions say to take between two and four tablets after meals and before bedtime but no more than four times a day. I don't really adhere to this and tend to take them when I feel heartburn coming on. I take two before bed as well because I tend to get heartburn when I lie down.
The tablets don't taste bad and I do find they work quite well. It takes a bit of time for the symptoms to go, but the tablets do work. I also don't get heartburn in bed anymore which is a relief as it used to stop me sleeping for a while after getting into bed.
If you're going to use a lot of these tablets, it works out better value to buy the bigger 32 pack. What I did, was buy a little plastic flip lid pack to carry around and I top it up with tablets from the big pack which means I get the convenience but save a bit of money too. You can get these from chemists, supermarkets and Boots where you can collect advantage points too! I'd recommend these for convenience and better taste though I don't think it works quite as quick as the liquid.
Up until my pregnancy, I had never experienced heartburn but about 7months in, I started to experience a terrible sensation in the top part of my chest which seemed to come on about 8pm every night.
Because I had never suffered with it before, I just ignored it and it wasn't until I was at my parent house moaning about it a few days later, my dad explained what it was and because he suffered with it, gave me one of these to take.
The tablets retail for around £3 for a pack of 16 and they are available from most chemists and supermarkets. I spotted these recently in Home Bargains for less than £2 which I thought was an excellent price.
It recommended that you take between 2 to 4 tablets after meals and at bedtime. Not being one that likes to take tablets for the sake of it, I just used to take them at bedtime (and only when I started to feel any discomfort), and I would only take two, as this seemed to do the trick every time meaning that the pack lasts me longer.
The tablets are a little smaller than a paracetamol and are round in shape. They are a pastel pink colour and have a slight strawberry scent to them. Unlike normal tablets though, these are to be chewed rather than swallowed with water, when I say chew, they aren't like eating a sweet and chalky in texture (a bit like eating a palma-violet but a bit harder).
Within less than 15 minutes of taking one of these, I can immediately start to feel my heartburn start to subside and the pain starts to disappear. Better still, the effect seems to last all night and I don't need to take any more until.
There is a warning on the packet which advises you to contact you doctor should symptoms persist longer than 7 days (however my midwife was happy with me taking these and explained the symptoms are quite common during pregnancy). It also advises that children under 12 years are not recommended to take these.
Overall, I would recommend 100% and give them 5 out of 5 stars.
Thanks for reading.
Up until becoming pregnant with my first son I was blissfully unaware of just how horrible it is to have heartburn and indigestion. Now, two years after having my youngest son, I still suffer from it. Awesome. I was prescribed the aniseed flavour liquid Gaviscon when I was pregnant and found it so disgusting it would make me wretch. I then tried the Peppermint version which was equally foul. Horrible stuff. But sadly needs must, and during my pregnancies I had to endure the thick gloopy liquid evil because it did actually work. Once I stopped heaving anyway.
Fast forward a couple of years and like I said, I still suffer from heartburn and indigestion now and whilst having a nosey in Boots I noticed that Gaviscon now comes in tablet form. And strawberry flavour no less! If it meant I could get the relief without the nausea I thought it must be worth a try. They had packs of 32 for around £4.50 but I opted for a pack of 16 that came in a small little carry tub, ideal to pop in your handbag. I paid £3ish for that so obviously if you use them on a regular basis it's more cost effective to buy the bigger pack.
Obviously the convenience of them being in tablet form is the biggest plus to these. If I've ever had heartburn when I'm out before I just suffer until I get home since I didn't fancy lugging around a big bottle of Gaviscon. Although saying that, I do have a work colleague that does just that - carries a 300ml bottle in her massive handbag and swigs it straight out of the bottle. Bleurgh.
So what do they taste like. Well I'm not going to lie. They're not delicious but they are a vast improvement on the liquid. They are still very chalky, but that will be due to the calcium to neutralise the acid. You chew the tablets and the goo (for lack of a better word) comes out and acts in a similar way to the Gaviscon liquid in providing a raft to keep the stomach acid where it's supposed to be. It's not overly pleasant and the strawberry taste is very sweet and artificial but again, I still prefer that to the peppermint and aniseed flavours. It is worth noting that these tablets do contain aspartame, which is something of a controversial sweetener. Google it!
The directions advise to take two to four after meals and before bedtime up to four times a day. Although I do still get heartburn and indigestion I'm not a regular sufferer so I tend to use it as and when I need to. I think if you take it as recommended it would work more of a preventative.
So do they work? Well they did for me. As I said I am an occasional sufferer and I found that one dose is enough to get rid of the symptoms. If I'm being honest I did find they take slightly longer to work that the liquid equivalent but for the convenience and taste, I can put up with that. I'm not sure how effective they would be for someone with severe acid indigestion or reflux but for what I've needed them for they've been just fine.
Indigestion and heartburn relief tablets are one of those things that companies can never get to taste nice. In general they all taste a bit disgusting but this is due to them mostly being made from the same ingredients which even when combined with others leave a chalky taste in your mouth.
One of the better tasting indigestion and heartburn relief remedies that you can buy are Gaviscon strawberry flavoured tablets. They aren't perfect but they are a lot better than the majority. Now I like a minty flavour usually in indigestion tablets as I think mint is more cooling on heartburn and gets to work quicker at making me feel better but the mint ones that I have tried are usually all pretty disgusting still so although these don't have that immediate cooling effect they still work pretty quickly at getting rid of heartburn.
I don't suffer very badly or very often from heartburn but when I do I hate the painful burning sensation and immediately reach for medication to take the pain away. I find that these like most gaviscon tablets offer effective relief that is quite fast acting. When a heartburn attack happens and I chew a couple of these I get relief within 15 to 20 minutes and I do find them to be quite long lasting. Normally I find that I only need to take two of these tablets once and that is enough to completely cure my heartburn but you can take up to 4 tablets at a time if you have a particularly bad attack.
These tablets are still chalky and they still stick to my teeth and the roof of my mouth but the flavour is so much better than some of the other heartburn tablets. The strawberry flavour is quite artificial but I think that because these are quite sweet it makes them much more pleasant to eat than the plain or the mint ones. Because they aren't mint they don't give you that immediate cooling effect but they get to work quite quickly and they are much better tasting than the other ones.
They cost £2.99 for a tub of 16 tablets and the tub that they come in is a really small and convenient one that is easy to carry about with you if you are going for dinner. I think that they are worth the money as they work well and they taste loads better than a lot of other heartburn tablets.
It's very rare I get heartburn but when I do its an awful feeling that I like to get rid of sooner rather than later. I've got a cupboard full of every tablet you could ever need and these are in there. I have bought them only a couple of times but will continue to buy in future.
The tablets are quite small and are pink - due to been strawberry flavour. I have found the strawberry flavour makes them much more pleasant to take as most tablets have an awful after taste. The pack advises you to take between and four tablets (I have only ever taken two at the time which I have found works well enough for me). You need to chew the tablets before swallowing them which I have never come across before with other pain relief. I quite like the taste and texture but my partner hates it so I suppose it's down to own preference. I don't know if they would work if you just swallowed them without chewing.
I have found the heartburn starts to ease after around 30 minutes so I would say they are quite effective. Generally after taking the two tablets I don't need to take any further ones through the day. As stated before I only get heartburn on a rare occasion so have found these tablets are suitable and work quite quickly. I couldn't advise if they would work for everyone.
The pack does advise side affects and what the tablets contain so please check before taking. I paid £2.50 for a pack of 32 from Morrisons which is expensive compared to other pain relief I buy but it was effect for heartburn.
I rarely suffer from heartburn and indigestion, however I like to ensure I always have something in the house to take to provide me with some relief from the uncomfortable and often painful symptoms of heartburn when it strikes.
Another reason I like to keep stocked up on such products as Gaviscon is that my partner suffers from GORD (gastro oesophageal reflux disease) and was advised to take Gaviscon or Zantac to help with this. He didn't think much of Gaviscon liquid for his particular symptoms, preferring to take Zantac or other Ranitidine tablets, and so didn't fancy trying these Strawberry Gaviscon tablets. However, he did try them when he had left his tablets at home whilst we were visiting a friend and I had these with me.
Gaviscon was originally recommended to me by a work colleague who swears by it. When I have experienced heartburn, I have previously used other Gaviscon products and found them quite effective, although I hated the taste. I thought when I spotted these Strawberry flavour Gaviscon tablets they may have a more appealing taste and so didn't hesitate to buy a box. I opted for the smaller sized box of 16 tablets.
These strawberry flavour tablets form part of the Gaviscon Original range. These products form a 'raft' over the stomach contents which then helps to prevent acid coming back up into the oesophagus (food pipe)
They are effective at treating the classic symptoms of heartburn, which are burning pain in the chest and mild acid regurgitation.
Mostly when I have heartburn it is the burning pain in the chest I experience. I was out with friends a few months back and I experienced a particularly painful attack and had no Gaviscon with me. It was so uncomfortable, I could not eat or drink and had to return home. My night was spoilt and I have made sure ever since that I always carry some with me.
That particular night, I took one of these strawberry flavour Gaviscon tablets upon returning home and it seemed to take a long time for the burning pain to disappear, but eventually it did. On other occasions I find I have experienced relief within twenty minutes or so. Maybe it was because it was a particularly bad attack that night, or the fact I had to wait quite a while until I got home to take a tablet, I am not sure, but mostly I find these tablets to be effective.
The strawberry taste I find preferable to the orignal Gaviscon Aniseed or Peppermint flavours too.
The entire Gaviscon Original Range has a soothing effect, said to last for up to four hours. I personally find when taking a tablet it does give me lasting relief. And because it works physically (rather than by entering the bloodstream) it is suitable for use in pregnancy too. I used to suffer a lot from heartburn in the later stages of pregnancy so it is good to know these are safe to take.
I have tried other cheaper heartburn relief remedies and found they have either not worked at all, or gave a little relief shortly after taking it, but not got rid of my heartburn completely. My experience of Gaviscon is that it certainly it works a lot faster than anything else I have tried before and this particular Strawberry flavour is the best tasting product too. Therefore it is worth paying a little extra for in my opinion.
As mentioned earlier, my partner suffers from GORD, which is really painful and uncomfortable for him at times. He finds he often has to stay up late at night until the symptoms ease as lying down is unbearable. Although he has now been prescribed medication from his GP, he was advised to try Gaviscon and whilst he found it provided some relief it was not totally effective for him and he found Ranitidine tablets to be more effective. However, his symptoms are a lot more painful and uncomfortable than any I ever experience of course.
Therefore it is fair to say that this product is great for heartburn/indigestion sufferers and I am personally happy to recommend Strawberry Flavour Gavsicon tablets, but don't expect them to be 100% effective if you suffer from GORD, as it may only provide a little comfort from the painful symptoms and you may need to seek advice from your GP.
Unfortunately I am prone to heartburn and indigestion and never go anywhere without a packet of indigestion tablets in my bag. I'm never brand loyal with these products and often opt for whatever is on offer. I am currently using Gaviscon Strawberry Flavoured Tablets which I bought from my local Tesco.
Gaviscon Strawberry Flavoured Tablets are sold in a box which is mainly turquoise in colour, the front of the box shows the Gaviscon logo and informs the customer that these strawberry flavoured tablets are for heartburn and indigestion and contain Sodium Alginate, Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate and Calcium Carbonate. The amount of tablets are given on the front of the box which in this case is 16.
The back of the box gives all the usual information for a product like this such as the dosage and ingredients. All of these are clearly written and easy to read. The back of the box also states that the tablets are sugar and gluten free and are suitable for pregnant and breast feeding ladies.
There is an information leaflet inside the box which gives all this information and more in much more detail.
Inside the box the tablets are secured inside 2 blister strips, the tablets are approximately the size of a paracetamol but thicker, they are pale pink in colour and smell faintly of strawberry.
The dosage is given for adults including the elderly and children over 12 and states that 2 to 4 tablets can be chewed when symptoms occur after meals and at bedtime, this can be repeated up to 4 times a day. Children under 12 can only be given these under medical supervision.
Price and Availability
As I mentioned I bought my Gaviscon Strawberry Flavoured Tablets from Tesco where they cost £2.25 which in my personal opinion is average for this type of product. They can also be bought from most chemists and other major supermarkets such as Asda and Sainsburys prices do vary so its best to shop around.
I have used nearly all of my Gaviscon Strawberry Flavoured Tablets now and have been impressed with them. We have recently been away for a few days and did a lot of over indulging in the hotel restaurant, the Gaviscon tablets are pleasant to take and have a nice mild strawberry flavour, the texture isn't too chalky like some indigestion remedies can be and there was also no nasty after taste.
The tablets worked very quickly, after chewing and swallowing them the relief was very fast, it cools the heartburn relieving any pain caused by acid, I also found that I only ever needed one dose of them to cure any indigestion or heartburn completely. I never suffered any side effects from them either.
If you find yourself needing this type of product I would certainly recommend these and will definitely use them again.
From time to time but not to often, I tend to get some indigestion and heartburn, its really horrible when I do get it and is usually just before bed time at nights. My boyfriend has suffered terribly with heartburn, and for the eight years we have been in a relationship, I can always remember him using Gaviscon to treat his heartburn problems. And it was watching my boyfriend use Gaviscon which first led to me using it myself, luckily for me I do not suffer with heartburn too much, like my boyfriend, and when I do suffer with it, sometimes a glass of milk will be all that I need to take away the horrible sensation inside my body.
But for when milk just is not good enough and is not helping, then I will take these Gaviscon tablets to help sooth and relieve me of heartburn. Also I tended to take these when I was pregnant with both of my children, I suffered terrible heartburn when I was pregnant and these tablets being safe for expecting mums to take, were a blessing and a big help in making me feel better.
I often pick up a packet of Gaviscon tablets, due to my boyfriend needing them quite regularly, and I myself like to have them around, just in case, and when I buy them I usually pick them up from the local supermarket whilst doing my weekly shopping. I pay a little bit short of £2 for them and get 32 tablets, the most recent Gaviscon tablets I have been buying are strawberry flavoured, I have used Rennie's on occasion but as my boyfriend says, Gaviscon are much better for helping heartburn.
These gaviscon tabs come in a blue packet, and come in a chewable tablet form, they do not contain suger and should not be used by anybody under the age of twelve, just like any medical products you should always read the directions for use and instructions before taking.
Ingredients : Red Iron Oxide (E172), Strawberry Cream Flavour, Sodium Alginate 250mg, Sodium Bicarbonate 133.5mg , Calcium Carbonate 80mg, Mannitol (E421), Macrogol 20,000 , Aspartame (E951), Magnesium Stearate, Xylitol and Carmellose Sodium.
These tablets have never let me down in dealing with indigestion and heartburn problems and my boyfriend could not live without them, but to any expectant mothers suffering with heartburn, then these Gaviscon tablets could be a real help to you. I highly recommend this product as they do exactly what you buy them for, and offer fast releif to uncomfortable indigestion and heartburn problems.
- Why I Bought -
I am 24 weeks pregnant and have been suffering terribly with heartburn for the past few weeks. During my first pregnancy I only experienced these unpleasant symptoms mildly in the last few weeks and simply drinking lots of milk did the trick in relieving that uncomfortable acid feeling. Unfortunately this time around the idea of drinking milk makes me feel sick. I was wondering what medication might be safe to treat heartburn during pregnancy when I read a review on Rennie tablets. This seemed like an ideal solution but I wasn't sure about the minty flavours available. I looked online and saw that an orange flavour was also available which appealed much more so I went to Tesco in search of this. However, the Tesco I visited had quite a small selection of heartburn relief tablets and unfortunately no orange flavour. Instead I opted to try a 16 pack of Gaviscon strawberry flavour.
- What is heartburn? -
Heartburn is also known as acid reflux and indigestion. It is a burning/acidy feeling which can be felt in the chest and throat. It is often experienced after eating and at night. Many women experience it for the first time during pregnancy. This is because pregnancy hormones relax the valve which usually prevents gastric acid coming up from the stomach. This allows the acid to come up and cause the burning feeling. This isn't helped by the growing baby taking up more space as this further increases the force with which the acid is pushed up. Certain food and drink can aggravate this such as spicy food, fizzy drinks, alcohol, caffeine, fatty food, processed meat and citrus fruits.
- The Packaging and Instructions -
The Gaviscon tablets come in a slim turquoise box which is quite easy to spot on the supermarket shelves. The front of the box displays the brand name and an image of fire in a person's chest. The back of the box gives clear information on what the tablets actually are. They are Sodium Alginate (250mg per tablet), Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate (133.5mg per tablet) and Calcium Carbonate (80mg per tablet). This makes an antacid which works by neutralising the stomach acid so it no longer burns. They contain no sugar or gluten and are safe to take during pregnancy and breast feeding. The recommend dosage for adults and children over 12 is when symptoms occur take two to four tablets after meals and at bed time. You can take this dose up to four times a day. Potentially this means that you can take all 16 tablets in one day. This seems like a lot and would make the cost add up very quickly. Although these are safe to take during pregnancy my intention was to use them as little as possible. This is what is usually advised during pregnancy, even with medication that is considered safe to take. Inside the box there is more detailed information but I didn't read this.
- The Tablets -
There are two blister packs each containing eight light pink chewable tablets. They are quite small in size, just slightly bigger and thicker than Paracetamol tablets. I tend to take one or two tablets when I experience symptoms, this if usually after a meal and in the evening. They are easy to chew but I don't find them particularly pleasant. They have a sweet strawberry flavour but the taste is slightly soapy and the texture is chalky.
- The Results -
I was genuinely quite impressed with the results. Even after taking just one tablet I can feel the acidy feeling start to fade within about three minutes. The symptoms then don't usually reappear until after my next meal. This means I can take one tablet after breakfast, lunch and dinner and a fourth tablet in the evening. If I take the tablets as soon as I feel the burning sensation coming then I experience minimal discomfort. If the symptoms are particularly bad a second tablet is sometimes needed and this usually does the trick.
- Price and Availability -
Most supermarkets and pharmacies sell products from the Gaviscon range and these tablets seem to be widely available. You can get a pack of 16 for around £2-£3.50 and a pack of 32 for around £3.50-£4 so it is worth shopping around. I paid £2.25 for a 16 pack in Tesco. I think this is quite expensive for the number of tablets, particularly if you need the full dosage of 16 tablets per day. It seems that Rennie tablets work out a little cheaper per tablet so I am interested to see if they are as effective.
- Would I Recommend? -
I would definitely recommend you give these a go if you suffer with heartburn as I found them to be very effective and I needed nowhere near the full dose. My only criticisms would be that the price per tablet is quite high and also I am not a fan of the taste. However, I would much rather put up with these issues than experience the discomfort.
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 also come in mint flavour but I personally prefer the strawberry ones.
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. I always have a packet in my kitchen cupboard and if I go on holiday I will always take a packet with me as my husband also suffers occasionally with heartburn and he also rates these tablets.
I have a problem with acid reflux, which sounds pretty minor, but as acid coming up at night, a few minor seizures, and me ending up inhaling has led to pneumonia 4x in the last year, I am rather fed up with it. I usually take rennies or Tesco's fruit flavour ingestion tabs along with the prescription drugs I have for this and either work very well. However, when I did my last Tesco order, they had neither of my preferred brands. I have mint so I thought I'd give this a try.
I won't bother with a full list of ingredients, but the main ones in this are sodium alginate, sodium hydrogen carbonate and calcium carbonate. This translates to a polymer removed from brown algae, baking soda and calcium. Most over the counter antacids contain calcium. This neutralises acid and I have always found it quite effective. I have often used baking soda on it's own as well to help with acid. The algae additive I believe is unique to Gaviscon. It is meant to make a floating barrier to keep the acid in. I just imagine a layer of slime like accumulates in my aquarium filter at the top of my digestive system.
The dosage on these is pretty high. Adults and children over age 12 are instructed to take 2-4 tablets at a time up to 4 times a day. I paid £4.30 for 32 of these from Tesco, but taking the maximum dose, this would only last 2 days.
I took two of these, followed by two more a few hours later. I realise I did not take the maximum dose, but this amount is more than I would use with either Tesco or Rennies antacids, especially as I did not eat anything greasy or spicy at all yesterday and had not had anything at all after 6pm except my usual milk. I did find these partially effective, and I believe if I were to take the maximum dosage they would be sufficient for my needs. But at a higher dose than either Tesco tablets or Rennies - they were less effective.
However - I found the taste of these absolutely revolting. If I could clean the slime from my fish tank, mix it with chalk and strawberry shampoo, along with gel from the inside of a disposable nappy I think I could recreate the flavour and plenty of artificial sweetener. Strawberries are one of my favourite foods on earth. I could live on strawberries. This tastes nothing like strawberry though. It is very artificial chemical taste which I find revolting. It is horribly sweet as well , being made with artificial sweeteners. I found the gel seemed to form in my mouth, making this stick to my teeth. It took a full of water to clear the remains of the tablets from my teeth and plenty of rinsing.
I was really surprised by how poorly these worked, as I have taken both Gaviscon lemon and mint several times, although it was years ago. I had no problems with them then. I don't believe the product has changed. Instead, my needs have changed. I was taking them for heartburn years ago, when pregnant. I found Gaviscon excellent for heartburn. I don't think the poor result is solely down to the product. I just don't think it suits my needs. Regardless of whether it suits or not - the tastes is so vile I'd sooner have mint. I will use these up - as I can't get anything else at the moment but I wouldn't buy them again if they were reduced to ten pence a pack.
I still don't think it is fair to rate these too harshly. As I said Gaviscon has worked well for me when I had heartburn in pregnancy. Even though not ideal for my current needs, this did help some, and likely would have helped more if I had taken the maximum of 16 tablets. Taste is a very subjective factor. As much as I despise this, others may find this nice or at least bearable. I just really dislike artificial chemical tastes. I've given this 3 stars. If you are looking for a heartburn remedy and don't mind very sweet artificial flavours, this might be quite suitable. But it is not for me.
I hate having heartburn. It can be incredibly painful and a real problem for me sometimes. My husband possibly suffers from it even more so than I do. I hate taking Milk of Magnesia and much prefer to chew on a tablet or swallow one whole. One of the more pleasant heartburn remedies I have discovered has to be Gaviscon Strawberry flavoured chewable tablets. I discovered these a little while ago and whilst don't personally suffer from a heartburn a lot, I like to keep a pack of these in my house just in case either of us ever needs them.
I buy these from Boots where they cost £4.59 for a pack of 32 tablets. The active ingredients in these tablets are 250mg sodium alginate, 133.5mg sodium hydrogen carbonate and 80mg calcium. They work wonders, they really do. I like the fact that you don't have to swallow thee tablets as they are designed to be chewed in the mouth and then swallowed.
Gaviscon have actually made these tablets to not only work very effectively and very quickly, they are also taste rather nice into the bargain. They have a very pleasant sort of strawberry flavour to them, and they are so much nicer than having to swallow horrible milk of magnesia. I take two tablets and I guarantee than no matter how bad my heartburn is, these tablets will be sure to start working within about ten minutes of taking them.
They are not recommended for children and one never hits the spot for me personally, and I find that two works much better. They have no nasty side effects that I have ever personally experienced, all they really do is remedy my heartburn really quickly.
Obviously, if you have persistent heartburn then I recommend you seek medical advice, but to take these for sporadic heartburn is something I do recommend. They work so well and are worth every penny.
Gaviscon Strawberry flavour chewable tablets.
As a sufferer of Gastric oesophageal reflux disease I am not a stranger to the burning sensation of chronic indigestion due to the over production of acid in the stomach. This used to be absolutely agonisingly painful and something I would not wish on anyone. However it is fairly well controlled with other medication and Gaviscon advance which is ok when I am at home but not very helpful when I am out and about and on the move.
In the past I have never found the Gaviscon tablets to be very effective in reducing the pain of the refluxed acid and when it does occur it is so painful it almost sends you into a panic with the pain. Recently I managed to buy a small handy pack of Gaviscon Strawberry flavoured tablets which come in a small plastic pack containing 16 pink coloured tablets. I keep these in the glove compartment of my car so that I can always take them when I am caught unawares and I am not at home. They are available in all pharmacies and in supermarket over the counter for around £2.60 mark.
So how do you take them?
If you have indigestion you should take between two and four of the tablets. They should be chewed in the mouth before swallowing. As they are being chewed they sort of form a foamy type mixture which tastes quiet pleasantly of strawberry. This mixture is quite chalky and I actually am not keen on this texture. Once they have been chewed and swallowed they act by forming a gel plug over the top of the stomach contents reducing the likely hood of the acid being regurgitated into the oesophagus. They do not work immediately but after about 20 minutes they seem to have had the desired effect. It should last for approximately four hours which is helpful.
Do I find them effective?
Well to be honest yes I do but they are certainly not as effective as the Gaviscon advance liquid I take. They do work as a temporary measure which is certainly helpful if you are away from home and need to have something in an emergency.
Gaviscon tablets do contain quite a lot of sodium per tablet so they should be used cautiously by people in congestive cardiac failure or with renal problems. It also contains quite a hefty dose of calcium so if you are prone to kidney stones you should not take too many of these. It also contains artificial sweeteners such as Aspartame and Xylitol.
You should not really take any other medication for at least two hours after taking Gaviscon because it will reduce the effects of the drugs particularly beta blockers, thyroxine and some antibiotics. These tablets are not suitable for children under 12 years of age.
Would I recommend them?
Yes as a short term measure especially in an emergency. I would not condone them for regular usage however for one off symptom control I think they are quite useful. Should you have persistent symptoms these need to be checked out medically as there could be some underlying causes which need investigation and treatment?
Gaviscon is great for heartburn but it doesn't taste very nice. The strawberry tablets are much more palatable than the so called mint ones and they are a little bit easier to take because of this.
Heartburn and indigestion can be an absolutely horrible feeling when it strikes and usually with me it strikes out of the blue when I am least expecting it but luckily there are loads of remedies available meaning that I don't have to suffer for long.
I usually buy a cheaper indigestion remedy but always try and stock up on these when they are on offer as I do think that they are slightly better than the cheaper ones though of course they are also more expensive.
These come in a little plastic reseal able tub and cost about £3 for sixteen tablets. The dosage instructions are 2 to 4 tablets after meals and at bedtime but I usually just take them when I need them instead of having some every time I eat.
You need to chew the tablets before swallowing and this is the biggest problem with the other flavours of Gaviscon as when you chew them they have a really horrible chalky taste to them. These do have the same chalky taste but it is made much more palatable by the strawberry flavour and chewing these isn't especially unpleasant.
They get to work really quickly at easing heartburn and indigestion and a few minutes after chewing and swallowing I can already feel them cooling down my throat and settling my tummy taking away the horrible heat that I get with heartburn and indigestion. They really do settle my tummy and leave it feeling less churning and burny.
I would recommend these but make sure that you stock up when on offer as sixteen tablets won't last long especially if you suffer regularly from heartburn and indigestion.
Normally I find that when I get heartburn and indigestion it is not too bad and I can normally control it with Tums, but there are certain times when it is worse and then I want something a bit stronger. This is normally around Christmas and when I am on holiday as I am likely to eat and drink more.
When I was in Superdrug recently they had packs of Strawberry Flavoured tablets for £1.89 for 32 so I thought this would be a good time to try them. Gaviscon claim that they bring fast, soothing and long lasting relief and that the ingredients create "a foam barrier which floats on the stomach acid" (taken from their website), so who was I to turn down the chance of a foam barrier in my stomach?
The only thing I had a problem with Gaviscon is the need to chew the tablets as I suck Tums, but with the Strawberry flavour it was made much easier. As with many medicinal items there are guidelines about how many to take and what to do if the symptoms persist and here they should not be taken by those under 12. There is a clear and not unpleasant Strawberry taste and it does not linger once the tablet has been swallowed.
Contents - taken from a selling site as I only have the tablet strip in the house at present.
Ingredients: Sodium Alginate 250mg, Sodium Bicarbonate 133.5mg , Calcium Carbonate 80mg, Mannitol (E421), Macrogol 20,000 , Aspartame (E951), Magnesium Stearate, Xylitol and Carmellose Sodium, Red Iron Oxide (E172), Strawberry Cream Flavour.
I do feel that these are more effective than Tums when the symptoms are bad and I tend only to use them when I am sure Tums can't cope and spending time awake is going to be a problem. They have never let me down and I always make sure that I have a pack with me if I am likely to be eating out or eating and drinking late at night. It is also possible to take these if the symptoms occur when you are pregnant so this should be a relief for many soon to be mums who have had to suffer before.
Definitely 5 stars for these tablets.
Gaviscon Strawberry Flavour Tablets bring fast, soothing and long lasting relief from the pain and discomfort of heartburn and acid indigestion, which for example, can occur after meals or during pregnancy / They belong to a group of medicines called 'reflux suppressants', which form a protective layer on top of the stomach contents to prevent stomach acid escaping from the stomach where it works into the food pipe where it hurts / These tablets are sugar and gluten free.