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?

Gaviscon is suitable to use during pregnancy and whilst breastfeeding. This is because it acts physically rather than entering the bloodstream. Medicines can affect the unborn baby. Always talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking any medicine in pregnancy.

4. Is Gaviscon suitable for children?

Gaviscon Original is suitable for children over the age of 6 years. Gaviscon Advance and Double Action are not suitable for children below the age of 12 years unless recommended by the doctor. Gaviscon Infant Sachets are suitable for children over the age of 1 year of age. Gaviscon Infant Sachets are not to be used in infants under 1 year of age, except under medical supervision.

5. Can you suffer from both heartburn and indigestion?

Yes, you can suffer from both conditions. In fact 73% of people suffer from heartburn and indigestion interchangeably. Gaviscon Dual Action is a medicine to treat both of these conditions.

6. What is Gastro-oesophageal reflux?

Movement of stomach acid back up into the oesophagus.

7. What is Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD)?

It is a condition caused by gastro-oesophageal reflux (also known as GERD - utilising the American spelling 'esophagus'). Symptoms include those of heartburn and regurgitation. It is often associated with weakening of the muscle which controls entry of food into the stomach.