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Sodium bicarbonate oral
SODIUM BICARBONATE - ORAL

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

SODIUM BICARBONATE - ORAL

(SO-dee-um bye-KAR-buh-nate)

Uses

Sodium bicarbonate reduces stomach acids and can make the urine less acidic. It is used as an antacid to treat heartburn, indigestion, and other stomach disorders. It is also used to treat various kidney disorders and to increase the effectiveness of sulfonamides.

How To Use

Take this medication by mouth as directed. Chewable tablets are to be chewed thoroughly before swallowing followed by a glass of water. Take this medication exactly as directed. Do not increase the dose, take it more often or continue taking this for longer than prescribed.

Side Effects

This medication is generally well tolerated. However, high doses may cause headache, nausea or irritability. If any of these effects continue or become bothersome, inform your doctor. Notify your doctor if you develop: muscle weakness, slow reflexes, confusion, swelling of the feet or ankles, black tar-like stools, coffee-ground vomit. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

Tell your doctor if you have: pre-existing heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease, high blood pressure, any allergies. Because this medication contains a large amount of sodium, remind your doctor if you are on a low sodium diet. This medication should be used only if clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. Since small amounts of this medication appear in breast milk, consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take. This medication has the potential to interact with many medications. Do not take any other medication within 1 to 2 hours of taking an antacid. Discuss this with your doctor or pharmacist. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include irritability, muscle rigidity, and seizures.

Notes

If you are using this as an antacid but have trouble taking it, talk to you doctor or pharmacist about the use of a different dose form (liquid versus tablets) or an alternate product.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as remembered; do not take it if it is near the time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.

Storage

Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (between 15 and 30 degrees C) away from heat, light and moisture.