When should I take antacids?

Jill A. Grimes, MD
Family Medicine

Over-the-counter antacids are still the fastest way to speed relief for indigestion, and a quick fix for an extra blast of calcium (especially in rapidly growing preteens and teens.)

Another use of antacids/calcium supplements beyond indigestion is for nighttime leg cramps. Occasionally growing pains (leg pain, typically worse at night during growth spurts) often respond to an extra helping of calcium in the evening.

If you find you are needing antacids more than once or twice per week, it's time for a visit to your doctor to determine the cause of your indigestion and a more lasting solution because antacids can potentially block absorption of other medications. It's best to take them alone.

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