Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is alginate?

Alginate is a component extracted from brown seaweed.

2. What is an antacid?

A type of medicine that is alkaline in nature and works by neutralising excess acid.

3. Is Gaviscon suitable for use during pregnancy?

Many products in the Gaviscon range are highly effective and suitable to use during pregnancy and whilst breastfeeding. These include Gaviscon Original, Gaviscon Double Action and Gaviscon Advance in both liquid and tablet format. This is because they act physically rather than entering the bloodstream. Gavilast however is not suitable for use during pregnancy. Medicines can effect the unborn baby. Always talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking any medicine in pregnancy.

4. Is Gaviscon suitable for children?

Gaviscon Original, Gaviscon Double Action $ Gaviscon Advance is suitable for children over the age of 12. Children under 12 years, should be given only on medical advice. Gaviscon Infant is suitable for children age 1 to 2.

5. Can you suffer from both heartburn and indigestion?

Yes, you can suffer from both conditions. In fact 73% of people suffer from heartburn and indigestion interchangeably. Gaviscon Double Action is a medicine to treat both of these conditions.

6. What is Gastro-oesophageal reflux?

Movement of stomach acid back up into the oesophagus. 

7. What is Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD)?

It is a condition caused by gastro-oesophageal reflux  (also known as GERD - utilising the American spelling 'esophagus'). Symptoms include those of heartburn and regurgitation. It is often associated with weakening of the muscle which controls entry of food into the stomach.