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Dr K K Aggarwal

OTC drug does not mean it should be taken without a doctor’s advice

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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An over-the-counter (OTC) antacid is often used to relieve mild cases of heartburn or acid reflux. Though they are available without a doctor’s prescription, they should be taken only under a doctor’s advice.
As per the American Academy of Family Physicians –
  • Different types of antacids have different mechanisms of action.
  • To manage an ulcer, an antacid may need to be taken along with an antibiotic.
  • If one needs more calcium to help strengthen bones, an antacid that contains calcium carbonate is preferred.
  • Antacids may cause minor side effects in some, such as nausea, headache, diarrhea or constipation.
  • One must read the label carefully to ensure that he/she is not allergic to any of the ingredients.
  • It may not be feasible for those with kidney disease to take all types of antacids.
  • An antacid may interact with other medications.

Top 10 ways to keep the kidneys healthy

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  1. Monitor blood pressure and cholesterol.
  2. Control weight.
  3. Dont overuse over-the-counter (OTC) painkillers.
  4. Monitor blood glucose.
  5. Get an annual physical exam.
  6. Know if chronic kidney disease (CKD), diabetes or heart disease run in your family. If so, you may be at risk.
  7. Dont smoke.
  8. Exercise regularly.
  9. Follow a healthy diet.
  10. Get tested for chronic kidney disease if you are at risk.