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Sodium Bicarbonate

INFORMATION

Uses

Sodium Bicarbonate is used in the treatment of acidity, intestinal ulcers and stomach ulcers.

How it works

Sodium Bicarbonate neutralizes excess acid in the stomach.

Common side effects

Vomiting, Nausea, Restlessness, Nervousness, Rapid breathing, Altered taste, Muscle pain, Muscle twitch, Fatigue, Weakness, Frequent urge to urinate, Headache, Limb swelling, Loss of appetite, Mood changes

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Expert advice

  • The Sodium Bicarbonate should be used only for occasional relief from increased stomach acid. Do not take it for more than 2 weeks, unless otherwise prescribed by the doctor.
  • Avoid Sodium Bicarbonate, if  you show signs of appendicitis or inflammed bowel (such as lower abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, nausea, vomiting). Please consult your doctor.
  • Do not take the Sodium Bicarbonate at least 2 hours before or after taking other medicines. It may interact with other medicines.
  • Do not take calcium or sodium bicarbonate containing antacid with milk or milk products.

Frequently asked questions

Sodium Bicarbonate

Q.Is sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) basic?
Sodium bicarbonate, also known as baking soda, is basic (alkaline) in nature

Q.Does it dissolve in water?
It dissolves in water and neutralizes stomach acid to relieve heartburn and indigestion associated with hyperacidity

Q.Does sodium bicarbonate whiten teeth or kill bacteria?
Sodium bicarbonate can remove surface stains on teeth. Its antibacterial action, however, is not clearly understood yet

Q.Is sodium bicarbonate gluten free?
Yes, sodium bicarbonate is gluten free. Refer to the package insert of the prescribed brand to get the more information about components of the formulation

Q.Does sodium bicarbonate raise blood pressure?
Yes. If given in excess amount, it may raise blood pressure

Q.Does sodium bicarbonate cause kidney stones?
Sodium bicarbonate does not cause kidney stones and it is used in the treatment of special type of kidney stones (uric acid stones).


Content on this page was last updated on 28 November, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)