Antacids and hiatal hernia

Many people take nonprescription antacids for mild or occasional symptoms of a hiatal hernia.

  • Antacids are substances that neutralize some of the stomach acid.
  • Some antacids have a foaming agent (alginate) that floats on top of the stomach's contents. This may reduce the amount of acid that comes in contact with your esophagus.

Examples of nonprescription antacids include:

  • Gaviscon.
  • Maalox.
  • Mylanta.
  • Rolaids.

If you need to use antacids frequently, talk with your doctor or pharmacist about his or her recommendations and cautions. Be certain to follow the package directions.

For more information on antacids, see the Medications section of the topic Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD).

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