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Old 04-25-2005, 05:30 PM   #1
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Alka Seltzer

Has anyone found a good substitute for Alka Seltzer? I've heard that it's not good for people with high blood pressure b/c of the sodium. So I'm looking for something soothing to take when only an Alka Seltzer will do.

 
Old 04-25-2005, 06:46 PM   #2
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Re: Alka Seltzer

Lolasmom,

If one is looking for an antacid to relieve heartburn, upset stomach, acid indigestion, etc, I always thought that Alka Seltzer was overkill and counter-productive in that it has aspirin in it which can upset the stomach!

I think you can avoid a lot of sodium with Tums, (I have a bottle in front of me and 2 tabs=5 mg sodium which is less than 1% of the 2400mg RDA...two Alka Seltzer tablets contain 1064mg!!)

Avoid ROLAIDS..I read that 1 tab has 53mg sodium.

I know for sure that Riopan, Maalox and Mylanta 2 are considered "low sodium". Might be even LOWER than Tums...you'll have to check labels.

NOT sure about Milk of Magnesia or Pepto Bismol.

Maybe someone else here knows?

zuzu xx

P.S. Just found out that 2 tablespoons Milk of Magnesia has only 3 mg sodium and that any OTC drug with less than 5mg per "serving" is considered virtually sodium-free.

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Old 04-26-2005, 05:20 AM   #3
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Re: Alka Seltzer

I think there might be some some POTASSIUM BICARBONATE products that work just like Alka-Seltzer, except without the high sodium content.

 
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