Antacids in Pregnancy


The term antacid (Singular: Antacid) describes a group of drugs in pharmacology that neutralize the acidic environment of the stomach.
In general, the common active ingredients are weak bases or salts of weak acids.

What all antacids have in common is that they are able to act as a buffer on the stomach acid and thus relieve:

  • Heartburn,
  • Inflammation of the gastric mucosa and
  • Upper digestive tract pain.

Antacids are usually magnesium, aluminum or calcium-containing compounds. In addition, combination preparations made from aluminum hydroxide and magnesium hydroxide are widely used.
Such a combination offers the advantage that the rapid onset of action of magnesium hydroxide can be combined with the long duration of action of aluminum hydroxide.

The Overall effect the antacid can be increased many times over in this way. In addition, through the simultaneous Ingestion of both components the occurrence of Side effects of one active ingredient can be prevented by the other.
For example, it has been shown that patients who have been treated with combination antacids for a longer period of time are on average less likely to take Constipation suffered as those who only ingested aluminum hydroxide.

Antacids are generally pure symptomatic and wise no curative whatsoever Effects on. For this reason, the treatment of existing gastrointestinal diseases should not be based solely on the use of antacids. In contrast, the development of various diseases (e.g. Stomach ulcers) can be prevented by using antacids.

Side effects

Among the most common adverse effects (Side effects) that are described in connection with the use of antacids mainly include changes in the Stool consistency. This turns into the appearance of Diarrhea or Constipation noticeable.
In addition, antacids can have an impact on job performance Kidneys take and in this way to shift the electrolyte-conditions to lead. Some patients have had an increase in antacid use magnesium- and Potassium concentration in blood. In addition, when using antacids, it should be noted that all drugs in this group of active ingredients can influence the absorption and effect of other drugs. If anything is unclear or anomalies occur, an immediately doctor to be visited.

Antacids and pregnancy

Antacids are particularly suitable for alleviating heartburn. Especially in the course of a pregnancy many women suffer from the increased and sometimes severe occurrence of heartburn.

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Above all, the pressure conditions in the abdominal area that changed during pregnancy and the decreasing function of the lower sphincter muscle esophagus favor the occurrence of heartburn.

In many cases there may be slight changes in the way of life already have great effects on this problem. An adaptation of the

  • Diet and
  • regular walks

result in many women during the pregnancy already become a distinct decline the frequency of heartburn.

In those pregnant women for whom these measures achieve little or no relief, the use of Antacids be useful.
The ones already described are particularly suitable during pregnancy aluminum- and Magnesium hydroxide- Combination preparations. Extensive studies have shown that the use of antacids during the Pregnancy no harmful influences to prove the unborn child. This fact is mainly due to the fact that the standard preparations only contain a small dose of active ingredient.

Nevertheless, antacid treatment should only be followed during pregnancy Consultation with the family doctor. In the event of anomalies or uncertainties, a suitable alternative can be considered as quickly as possible. During the pregnancy is taking maximum 3 to 4 Bags or tablets per day recommended.
In addition, the duration of treatment should be a period of four weeks do not exceed. If you take antacids during pregnancy after this time there should be no significant improvement in your health Heartburn come, it seems sensible anyway to see a suitable doctor and get a comprehensive one Diagnosis initiate.