Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is alginate?

Alginate is a component extracted from brown seaweed

2. What is an antacid?

A type of medicine that is alkaline in nature and works by neutralising excess acid.

3. Is Gaviscon suitable for use during pregnancy?

Many products in the Gaviscon range are highly effective and suitable to use during pregnancy and whilst breastfeeding. These include Gaviscon Original, Gaviscon Double Action and Gaviscon Advance in both liquid and tablet format . This is because they act physically rather than entering the bloodstream.

4. Is Gaviscon suitable for children?

Gaviscon Original, Gaviscon Double Action & Gaviscon Advance is suitable for children over the age of 12. Children under 12 years, should be given only on medical advice.

5. Can you suffer from both heartburn and indigestion?

Yes, you can suffer from both symptoms. In fact, ethnic Chinese heartburn sufferers have 5.8 times higher chances of experiencing other stomach discomfort*1
Gaviscon Double Action effectively relieves both heartburn and indigestion. One of its active ingredients - Sodium Alignate helps to form a raft that physically prevents stomach acid from flowing back into the food pipe where the pain comes from. 
*Indicates acid feeling in the stomach. 
1. Wong WM, et al. Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 2003; 18: 595-604.

6. What is acid reflux?

Movement of stomach acid back up into the oesophagus.