Gaviscon Extra Strength Peppermint (Alginic Acid/Magnesium Carbonate - non Rx) Medication

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Drug Description


Gaviscon Extra Strength Peppermint is a product that provides relief from heartburn and acid indigestion. The peppermint flavor in Gaviscon Extra Strength Peppermint adds a refreshing taste and provides a soothing sensation. It is designed to provide fast-acting and long-lasting relief from the pain and discomfort of heartburn and indigestion. 

Gaviscon Extra Strength Peppermint works by forming a protective layer over the stomach contents, which helps prevent acid from coming back up into the esophagus (food pipe). The key active ingredient in Gaviscon Extra Strength is sodium alginate. 

When you take Gaviscon Extra Strength Peppermint tablets or liquid, the sodium alginate reacts with the stomach acid to form a gel-like substance. This gel floats on top of the stomach contents, creating a barrier that helps to keep the acid down and prevent it from causing discomfort and heartburn. 

Use and Dosage 

Gaviscon Extra Strength Peppermint comes in the form of a chewable tablet to take by mouth and can be taken with or without water. Chew the tablets thoroughly before swallowing and drink a glass of water after taking the medication. Do not swallow the tablets whole. Follow the directions on the label or as directed by your doctor.  

Chew 2-4 tablets after meals and at bedtime as needed, or as directed by your doctor. The tablets are meant to be chewed thoroughly before swallowing. Do not take more than 16 tablets in 24 hours, unless otherwise directed by a healthcare professional. 

If you miss a dose of Gaviscon, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for the missed one. 

Side Effects 

Common Side Effects  

  • Constipation 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Headache 
  • Nausea 

Severe Side Effects  

  • Allergic reactions, including hives, swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat, chest tightness, and difficulty breathing 
  • Black, tarry stools or blood in the stools 
  • Difficulty swallowing or pain when swallowing 
  • Severe or persistent diarrhea 
  • Severe stomach pain or cramping 
  • Signs of an electrolyte imbalance, including muscle cramps, weakness, irregular heartbeat, or seizures 
  • Vomiting of blood or material that looks like coffee grounds 


  • Interaction with other medications: Gaviscon Extra Strength Peppermint may interact with certain medications. Inform your doctor or pharmacist about all the medications you are taking, including prescription, over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, and herbal supplements. They can advise you on any potential interactions. 
  • Allergies and sensitivities: Some individuals may be allergic or sensitive to the ingredients in Gaviscon Extra Strength Peppermint. If you have a known allergy to any of its components, avoid using the medication and seek alternative options. 
  • Pregnancy and breastfeeding: The search results do not provide specific information about the use of Gaviscon Extra Strength Peppermint during pregnancy or breastfeeding.  
  • Long-term use: Gaviscon Extra Strength Peppermint is typically recommended for short-term relief of occasional heartburn, acid reflux, and indigestion. If you experience symptoms on a regular basis or for an extended period, consult with a healthcare professional for a proper diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan. 
  • Age restrictions: Gaviscon Extra Strength Peppermint may have age restrictions. Read the product packaging or consult a healthcare professional to determine if it is suitable for use in children or elderly individuals. 
  • Calcium and sodium levels: Gaviscon Extra Strength Peppermint contains calcium and sodium. If you have concerns about your calcium or sodium intake due to dietary restrictions or medical conditions, consult with a healthcare professional before using the medication. 
  • Overuse and dependence: Prolonged or excessive use of Gaviscon Extra Strength Peppermint may lead to overuse or dependence on the medication. Follow the recommended dosage and duration of use as directed and consult a healthcare professional if you have concerns about long-term use. 
  • Storage and handling: Gaviscon Extra Strength Peppermint should be stored in a cool, dry place and kept out of reach of children. Check the product packaging for any specific storage instructions and handle the medication according to the recommended guidelines.  

Additional information

Generic name:

Alginic Acid/Magnesium Carbonate – non Rx


Chewable Tablet (Peppermint)



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