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Heartburn and digestive issues can strike at the most inconvenient times - whether we’re trying to have a quick lunch, or enjoy a meal with friends, no one wants to be thinking about stomach discomfort when they eat.

Gaviscon can be used to treat heartburn (acid reflux) and indigestion. The medicine works by forming a protective layer that floats on top of the contents of your stomach. This stops stomach acid escaping up into your food pipe.

Don’t let digestive issues get in the way of enjoying your food. Browse our range of Gaviscon products at The Independent Pharmacy and take back control.

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Advice for Gaviscon

The Ultimate Guide to Gaviscon

Gaviscon works on a unique principle known as "raft formation." When you experience heartburn or acid reflux, stomach acid flows back into your oesophagus, causing discomfort and irritation. Gaviscon contains two main ingredients, sodium alginate and potassium bicarbonate, which work together to create a protective barrier on top of the stomach contents. This barrier forms a floating layer, or "raft," that prevents stomach acid from flowing back up, providing relief from heartburn and discomfort.

Moreover, the raft created by Gaviscon not only acts as a physical barrier to prevent acid reflux but also helps in soothing the irritated esophageal lining. This dual-action mechanism makes Gaviscon a popular choice for those seeking quick and effective relief from heartburn.

Key Ingredients in Many Gaviscon Products

Sodium Alginate: Derived from seaweed, sodium alginate is the main ingredient responsible for the raft formation. It reacts with the stomach acid to form a gel-like substance that floats on top of the stomach contents.

Potassium Bicarbonate: This ingredient helps to neutralise stomach acid, further reducing the burning sensation and discomfort associated with heartburn.

Additionally, potassium bicarbonate plays a crucial role in maintaining the pH balance in the stomach, creating an environment that is less conducive to acid reflux.

By combining the benefits of sodium alginate and potassium bicarbonate, Gaviscon offers a comprehensive solution for managing heartburn and acid reflux symptoms effectively.

Please read the ingredients of each individual Gaviscon treatment when buying from The Independent Pharmacy.

Gaviscon Double Action Tablets
Gaviscon Double Action Tablets
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The Different Types of Gaviscon

Gaviscon Liquid

Gaviscon Liquid is a popular choice for immediate relief of heartburn and indigestion. It comes in a convenient liquid form that can be easily swallowed, providing fast-acting relief when you need it the most.

One of the key benefits of Gaviscon Liquid is its unique mode of action. When ingested, it forms a protective barrier on top of the stomach contents, preventing acid from flowing back up into the oesophagus. This mechanism helps to alleviate symptoms quickly and effectively, making it a go-to option for many individuals suffering from acid reflux.

Gaviscon Tablets

Gaviscon Tablets are a portable and convenient option for on-the-go relief. Simply chew or dissolve the tablets in your mouth to experience the soothing effects of Gaviscon wherever you are.

These tablets are not only easy to carry around but also offer a discreet way to manage heartburn symptoms in public settings. With the same active ingredients as the liquid form, Gaviscon Tablets provide a reliable solution for individuals seeking relief without the need for water or measuring spoons.

Gaviscon Advance

Gaviscon Advance is a stronger formulation designed for those who require extra relief from severe heartburn and acid reflux. It contains a higher concentration of sodium alginate and potassium bicarbonate, providing longer-lasting relief.

Individuals with chronic acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) often turn to Gaviscon Advance for its potent formula. By creating a robust barrier against stomach acid, this variant offers extended protection and comfort, allowing users to manage their symptoms more effectively throughout the day or night.

Gaviscon Advance Liquid Heartburn Relief Peppermint 300ml
Gaviscon Advance Liquid Heartburn Relief Peppermint 300ml
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