Sodium Bicarbonate is an alkalizer. It works by increasing the pH of blood and urine, thereby correcting metabolic acidosis (high acid levels in the body). It also speeds up the removal of toxic substances from the body in certain types of poisoning. In case of excessive fluid loss (such as in diarrhea), it works by replenishing salt and electrolyte levels.
Q. What is Sobic 500mg Tablet tablet used for? How does it work?
Sobic 500mg Tablet is an antacid used to relieve acid indigestion, heartburn, and gas. When taken orally, it neutralizes the acid present in the stomach by producing carbon dioxide which results in reduction of irritation in stomach and intestine.
Q. Is Sobic 500mg Tablet harmful?
Sobic 500mg Tablet is safe if used as a medication and as prescribed by the doctor. However, excess of Sobic 500mg Tablet can disturb the fine balance of electrolytes (like sodium, potassium, carbonate, etc.) that is needed by the body to function properly. As a result, it can cause unwanted side effects. Therefore, to avoid such disturbances, Sobic 500mg Tablet is usually prescribed for maximum of 2 weeks when taken orally as taking it in excess can cause transient alkalosis, which can be harmful.
Q. What if I take excess of Sobic 500mg Tablet?
Excess of Sobic 500mg Tablet causes alkalosis (excessive blood alkalinity) which can be observed as mood changes, tiredness, slow breathing, muscle weakness and irregular heartbeat. Muscle hypertonicity, twitching and tetany may develop, especially in patients with low levels of calcium in blood.
Information last updated by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology on 18th Feb 2020. The medicine details are for information purpose only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicine.