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Sodium Bicarbonate - Oral - Patient Medicine Information

> Why do I need this medicine?
> How do I take this medicine?
> What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
> When should I not use this medicine?
> What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
> What side effects could I experience?
> Can I take this with other medicines?
> What special dietary instructions should I follow?
> How should I store this medicine?

 

Why do I need this medicine?

Sodium Bicarbonate is used to treat conditions caused by excessive acidity in your stomach, such as reflux disease (also known as "heartburn" in which food or acid from your stomach backs up into your mouth, leaving a sour or bitter taste). This medicine treats these conditions by reducing the amount of acid your stomach makes.

This medicine may also be used to treat indigestion.

How do I take this medicine?

Take Sodium bicarbonate exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

Take this medicine 1 to 3 hours after a meal. Try to take it at the same time each day.

Sodium bicarbonate must be taken regularly for it to be effective. Continue taking this medicine even when you feel better. Do not stop taking it unless instructed by the doctor.

What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.

When should I not use this medicine?

Alert your doctor if you have the following conditions:

- hypernatraemia (high sodium level in the blood)
- hypocalcaemia (low calcium level in the blood)
- pulmonary oedema (excess fluids in the lungs)
as Sodium bicarbonate may not be suitable for you.

What should I take note of while taking this medicine?

Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:

- liver disease
- swelling in your body
- heart disease
- stomach ulcer
- kidney disease

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

It is not advisable to take Sodium bicarbonate for a long term treatment of stomach acidity.

What side effects could I experience?

Sodium bicarbonate may cause any of the following side effects: stomach cramps, feeling bloated, stomach wind and swelling.

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.

Can I take this with other medicines?

Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:

- medicines for high blood pressure or heart disease e.g. captopril, digoxin, dipyridamole
- antibiotics e.g. azithromycin, cefaclor, tetracycline
- medicines for epilepsy (fits or seizures) e.g. gabapentin, phenytoin
- medicines to treat fungal infections e.g. itraconazole, ketoconazole
- medicines for cold or allergy e.g. fexofenadine, cetirizine
- medicines for mood disorders e.g. chlorpromazine, sulpiride
- cholesterol-lowering medicine e.g. rosuvastatin

This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Sodium bicarbonate.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Avoid alcohol.

How should I store this medicine?

Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

This information is independently developed by MIMS based on Sodium Bicarbonate - Oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2019 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com

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