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General FAQs

    There are multiple advantages to using Alka-Seltzer effervescent products. In short: the medicine dissolves fast and goes to work instantly, neutralizing acid on contact. Because the medicines in Alka-Seltzer effervescents are in solution prior to ingestion, they do not require time to dissolve in the stomach like similar active ingredients taken in a tablet form.

    Yes, Alka-Seltzer effervescent tablets contain sodium in the form of sodium bicarbonate. The amount of sodium per tablet in each product is listed below.

    The sodium in the Alka-Seltzer Effervescent products plays an important role, enabling the medication to dissolve quickly in water and begin neutralizing acid as soon as ingested.

    These products are intended for short-term use. Ask a doctor before use if you are on a sodium-restricted diet. You should stop use and speak with your doctor if you are using the product longer than recommended on the label.

    Product Sodium per tablet (mg) Labeled Duration of use
    Alka-Seltzer Original 567 10 days
    Alka-Seltzer Extra Strength 588 10 days
    Alka-Seltzer Lemon Lime 504 10 days
    Alka-Seltzer Heartburn 575 14 days
    Alka-Seltzer Gold 309 14 days

    Alka-Seltzer contains citric acid and sodium bicarbonate (baking soda). When you drop the tablet in water, the acid and the baking soda react – this produces the fizz.

    The symptoms commonly referred to as a "hangover" aren't necessarily a result of excessive drinking. A single alcoholic drink is enough to trigger a hangover for some people, while others may drink heavily and escape the symptoms entirely.

    Not exactly. Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) does not contain anhydrous citric acid, the main active ingredient in Alka-Seltzer effervescent tablets that relieve heartburn and acid indigestion.

    Alka-Seltzer products are available in most drug stores, food stores, mass merchandisers and club stores. If you do not find them on your local store shelf, ask the store manager to order them for you. We have found that most stores make their purchasing decisions based on consumer interest. to link to our product locator.

    Gum-Specific FAQs

      The Alka-Seltzer Extra Strength Cool Action Heartburn Relief Gum is made up of two layers, one that contains the active ingredient calcium carbonate and the other layer is a gum base. When chewed, the calcium carbonate layer dissolves so it can be swallowed. The Alka-Seltzer Extra Strength Cool Action Heartburn Relief Gum is made up of two layers, one that contains the active ingredient calcium carbonate and the other layer is a gum base. When chewed, the calcium carbonate layer dissolves so it can be swallowed.

      The gum contains calcium carbonate, an antacid that works on contact with acid, neutralizing the acid within seconds.

      The blue layer which contains calcium carbonate is a contact antacid that works by neutralizing acid in the stomach and esophagus.

      Some side effects of calcium carbonate may include constipation or upset stomach.  If you experience any side effect, stop use and talk to your healthcare professional. 

      The 750 marking on the gum indicates 750mg of calcium carbonate, the active ingredient in Alka-Seltzer Extra Strength Cool Action Heartburn Relief Gum.

      Just like typical foods, chewing gum travels down the stomach, into the intestines, and out of the body.

      A piece of chewing gum generally does not stay in one’s body for more than seven days.
       

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