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Some tips to prevent congenital heart disease

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  1. Consult your doctor before consuming any over-the-counter medications if you are pregnant or trying to conceive.
  2. Keep your blood sugar levels under control before conceiving.
  3. If you weren’t vaccinated against rubella, or German measles, avoid exposure to the disease and speak with your doctor about prevention options.
  4. If you have a family history of congenital heart defects, ask your doctor about genetic screening. Certain genes may contribute to abnormal heart development.
  5. Avoid drinking alcohol and using illegal drugs during pregnancy.

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

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An over–the–counter 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 American Academy of Family Physicians

There are different types of antacids that work in different ways.
One should talk to the doctor before taking an antacid.
To manage an ulcer, an antacid may need to be taken in conjunction with an antibiotic.
If one needs more calcium to help strengthen bones, one should prefer an antacid that contains calcium carbonate.
In some, antacids may have minor side effects such as nausea, headache, diarrhea or constipation.
One should read the label carefully to make sure that one is not allergic to any of the ingredients.
People with kidney disease may not be able to take all types of antacids.
An antacid may interact with other medications.

OTC drug does not mean it can be taken without doctors advice

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An over–the–counter 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 American Academy of Family Physicians

  • There are different types of antacids that work in different ways.
  • One should talk to the doctor before taking an antacid.
  • To manage an ulcer, an antacid may need to be taken in conjunction with an antibiotic.
  • If one needs more calcium to help strengthen bones, one should prefer an antacid that contains calcium carbonate.
  • In some, antacids may have minor side effects such as nausea, headache, diarrhea or constipation.
  • One should read the label carefully to make sure that one is not allergic to any of the ingredients.
  • People with kidney disease may not be able to take all types of antacids.
  • An antacid may interact with other medications.