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I have had heartburn on and off for many years, and regularly dealt with it by using on branded antacid tablets, and it wasn't too much of a nuisance, but once I became pregnant, all that changed!
Throughout my pregnancy I suffered from terrible heartburn, I would dread bending over to tie my shoelace, and at night, I barely slept, terrible heartburn to the point of regurgitating. Eventually after going through boxes of rennies, I decided to give the doctor a call.
Gaviscon is probably the most expensive heartburn treatment on the market without prescription, and it wasn't something I could afford. So when the doctor told me I could have it prescribed while pregnant (and prescriptions while pregnant are free) I was very happy.
With a choice of peppermint or aniseed I took my prescription to the chemist and picked up my bottle, 500ml bottle. IT came with a small spoon, but the doctor suggested I just swig from the bottle as and when needed as it was bothering me so much, so I did!
And I slept like a baby.
Never as something worked so fast, and so effectively, I ordered another prescription so I could keep a bottle at work too, as the heartburn plagued me day and night.
Without getting the gaviscon I don't know if I'd have gotten any sleep through my pregnancy, it's pretty clear why it is so expensive, like most things, you really do get what you pay for!. Would recommend this for anyone with heartburn problems.
I am thirty six weeks pregnant and have been drinking this Gaviscon double action aniseed stuff like it is going out of fashion. It is the almost perfect cure for the chronic heartburn that I have been experiencing for about two months now.
What's good about it?
The absolutely best thing about it is the fact that it works. I have suffered heart burn on and off for years and am often seen crunching on those tablets that come in a variety of shapes and colours. They work, but they had nothing on pregnancy heartburn, which somehow seems infinitely worse. You are supposed to take two teaspoons of Gaviscon three times a day, but I find that I don't need anywhere near that to cure the pains. I have some in the morning before I get going and then another mouthful before I go to bed and I have found that this is enought to do the trick.
The flavour of this is quite nice. I like aniseed anyway, but if you don't like it, you'll not like it. It is quite a strong flavour and it hangs around in your mouth for a while. If you don't like aniseed, it is also available in strawberry and mint, as far as I am aware. Aniseed seems to be the most commonly available flavour though.
What's not good about it?
The only reason that this miracle cure has not received full marks is the vile texture that it has. It is like swallowing PVA glue. It is so thick (which I suppose is why it is so effective) that I have to psyche myself up to swallow it! I would strongly recommend thoroughly shaking the bottle before taking it otherwise it is just ridiculously thick!
I get mine prescribed through my doctor and so it is free whilst I am pregnant, but full price it is about £9 for a large bottle. A bottle has lasted me about six weeks. Even at this price. I would strongly recommend it. It is so effective that it is even worth it's weight in gold.
I''m currently 39 weeks pregnant and although I have enjoyed most of pregnancy, the heartburn is something I could live without. I have been happily munching through antacid tablets for the majority of the pregnancy as I tend to prefer using them to taking medicines. However, my boyfriend suggested I go to the doctors to get some Gaviscon Advance since he keeps running out of his own supply (he also gets it on prescription) to have in the house as a back up, and I have to say I''m starting to use it more instead of the antacid tablets!
This comes in a 500ml bottle, which sounds and looks quite big, but it doesn''t really last that long when you''re having 10ml at a time (have to say though I normally just swig it from the bottle rather than measuring it out). I used to think that Gaviscon only came in that aniseed flavour. However, this Gaviscon Advance also comes in a Peppermint flavour which I feel is far more tolerable.
The thing I HATE about Gaviscon is the awful texture, and initially it was making me gag, but I am getting used to it now. I also don''t like taking it at night (which is when heartburn tends to be worst) due to having already cleaned my teeth.
Gaviscon Advance contains sodium alginate and potassium hydrogen carbonate. It can be used by children over 12, adults (including pregnant women - yea!) and the elderly, but should only be taken by younger children on doctor''s advice.
There are full instructions on the label which peels back, so consult these for further information and uses of the medication. All I can say is that it stops my heartburn pretty much instantly. It is of course free if you''re pregnant and get it on prescription - otherwise I think you''re looking at around 8 pounds for a bottle of it - useful to have in anyway (although should be used within 6 months of opening).
4 out of 5 from me.
I could count on one hand how many times I have suffered from indigestion. Fortunately, it's not something I am susceptible to and while my friends and colleagues seem to be struck down on a regular basis, I'm more or less untouched. Unfortunately, the rarity of an attack means that heartburn and indigestion relief is not a staple of my medicine cupboard, and when I recently got a bout there was no relief in sight.
I try to eat healthily and avoid processed foods, but occasionally I do fall off the wagon, and to be honest, apart from the empty calories on my conscience I don't have ill effects. However, I recently succumbed to a supermarket freezer compartment battered fish & chip oven meal (I thought, probably wrongly, that it would be a healthier option than a chippy). I ate it for my tea late one night - and was woken early with awful pain in my stomach to the extent that it brought me out in a cold sweat. It had been so long since
I'd had indigestion I'd forgotten just how painful it was.
Of course, there was nothing in the house to take, but as I was getting up shortly for work I had just a couple of hours doubled in two before I could get some relief. There is a Boots right on the corner where I work so I went there first, banging on the door for them to open up.
As I don't buy this stuff much I asked for a bottle of Galveston - but they knew what I meant.
The bottle I got was 300ml, cost £8.79 (by this stage I would have paid anything) and it was peppermint flavour. I resisted the temptation to swig it then and there in the street so went back to work to properly measure the dose.
The bottle advises one to two 5ml spoonsfuls (I took two). The mixture was white, thick and chalky. I don't mind the taste of medicines as a rule and I found this really pleasant to take. There was a nice pepperminty taste to it, and it was so thick I could really feel it sticking to my insides as it went down.
I certainly didn't expect it to work immediately - but as soon as it hit my stomach I could feel the relief. It was incredible - I don't know if this is standard for indigestion or heartburn relief but was amazing how quickly and effectively that the Gaviscon worked.
I admit, I didn't read anything on the label except for the dosage, so once I'd gulped it down I thought I'd better have a look at what it contains.
The front of the label promotes that it has an "Extra strength formula" and is "Long Lasting" - that it is not to be refrigerated, should be kept out of reach of children and that it should be used within 6 months of opening.
On the reverse the product detail is written really well and in good clear English - almost to the extent of being chatty. It clearly describes the product as a "reflux suppressant" and explains that it works by forming a protective layer on top of the stomach to prevent acid escaping to where it hurts. The active ingredients are sodium alginate and potassium hydrogen carbonate and it is sugar free. It gives clear dosage advice of one to two 5ml spoonfuls after meals and at bedtime or as directed (children under 12 should only take on medical advice) and you can take it if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Consult your doctor if symptoms persist after 7 days. If you have a diet that restricts sodium, calcium or potassium you should consult your doctor before taking. It also contains methyl and propyl parahydroxybenzoates, and under the label there is a comprehensive leaflet for further information.
So, it worked quickly - was it long lasting?
Absolutely - I didn't need to take a further dose, it worked so well and so fast just one dose was enough.
I've got my bottle in the medicine cupboard now, but knowing how rarely I get indigestion the 6 months use by time it will probably have expired.
£8.79 was a lot to pay for something I just used once, but it worked so well and so fast I don't begrudge having to pay out.
I would wholly recommend this product - if you do suffer from regular heartburn or indigestion, then truly my heart goes out to you as it was agony - and this provides easy instant and effective relief!
Thank you for reading.
==Gaviscon Advance ==
Since being pregnant I have suffered with bad indigestion, more or less from day one. For this reason I have a constant supply of Gaviscon in various forms around the house, in my handbag and when I was at work too. I had bought myself the regular Gaviscon from Boots and found this to be adequate although my doctor gave me this Gaviscon Advance on prescription and I found this to be much more effective.
The Gaviscon Advance is available in most chemists over the counter but like I said I was able to get mine with a prescription which for this 250 ml bottle of the liquid saved me around £8 or so of course depending on where you would buy it from. Having a look on the boots website it would seem that they don't do a 250 ml bottle in the advance but a 300 ml instead and this costs a smidgen under £9.
The bottle I have is made from brown glass which makes it rather heavy to carry about and also it wasn't very good when I dropped a bottle out of my medicine cabinet (it smashed and made a really big mess!) There isn't a child safety cap on the bottle which I would expect with this sort of medicine but it merely has a screw cap which is easy to remove.
I have the peppermint flavour but I do believe that this is available in the aniseed flavour which I find totally disgusting. The front of the bottle describes the medicine as a fast powerful relief from heartburn and indigestion. It has a long lasting ability and is an extra strength formula.
The medicine itself is basically a thick and creamy product which has a slight chalky taste to it. The main difference I find between this Advance Gaviscon and the regular one is that it is probably twice as thick which makes it taste not very nice at all. However the fact that it is thicker means that it coats the insides far better and the sticky type of liquid that it is lines the throat and stomach which means that as soon as I have even a small swig from the bottle (I'm the only one using it so I tend not to bother with measuring it out or using a spoon) it will instantly relieve the indigestion that I am suffering with and last a good while after taking it too.
All in all I must say that compared with the regular Gaviscon this Advanced one is far better as a smaller amount goes a long way and it definitely lasts longer with just one dose. I think for the extra money (if I was buying it and not getting it one prescription) it is definitely worth getting as I have found the bottle will last me longer than the regular one.
It has to be a top score of 5 out of 5 star rating for this product as it works well and it a real life saver when i'm suffering the way I have been. Highly recommended.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
This is a review of Gaviscon Advance which I have virtually needed on a drip through this pregnancy. Heartburn is no fun to suffer but there are lots of medicines you can't take when pregnant so it's best to be midwife and doctor advised when you need help with ailments.
What is it?
Gaviscon Advance is a liquid relief for heartburn and indigestion. My whopping 500ml bottle says it is available through pharmacies only and is an extra strong formula with long lasting results. I have the peppermint flavour although I was prescribed aniseed in my last pregnancy which really turned my stomach (and reminded me of Sambuca!!).
You can take 10mls three times daily when required and you need to shake the bottle before pouring out the dose. I find on bad days I really need three goes on this to get through but some days I can just get by.
I find that my heart burn comes on when I have left it too long between meals and am hungry. It also starts if I have had greasy or fried food but I am trying to be healthy whilst pregnant so it is usually the former that is the problem. Last time, the heartburn disappeared as soon as my baby was born so it is a pregnancy related illness for me.
One of my husband's aunties said if you have heartburn when pregnant it means your baby will be born with lots of hair! This was not the case with our first born but we'll see when this next one arrives in a month's time if it's true.
You can buy this at a pharmacy without a prescription and prices vary from £6 to £12 for a bottle.
I find Gaviscon Advance one of the best formulas on the market. I have tried the off-the-shelf tablet forms of antacid and they seem to work but only for a shorter period of time. Obviously you need to speak to your health practitioner if this is a long standing problem to check out if there are any other health issues associated with heart burn and when pregnant it is also wise to check before self medicating.
I can't speak highly enough of Gaviscon Advance formula. It eases my pain, brings me relief and helps me sleep when heartburn keeps me awake at night. If you are suffering too I would recommend this product.
When I am pregnant I always suffer with very bad heartburn and when in my last pregnancy it got so bad that I was literally just eating the heartburn tablets like sweets I knew I needed something stronger. I went to see my doctor who prescribed me Gaviscon Advance, I was getting 500ml bottles from my doctor which was great for me as a 150ml bottle sets you back about £5 in shops.
The product comes in two different flavours, aniseed which I hated and peppermint which I found was a little better and so I stuck with the peppermint flavour. The product comes in a brown glass bottle with a white screw top lid which I was quite suprised ton find isn't childproof. On the bottle it states,
"provides fast, soothing and long lasting relief from the pain and discomfort of heartburn and acid indegestion"
The label on the bottle gives alot of information so I will try and give you what I think important,
10ml of product contains sodium alginate Ph Eur 1000mg and potassium hydrogen carbonate Ph Eur 200mg,
To use shake the bottle and take 5-10mls of the product, this can be used by adults and children over 12,
Do not refrigerate,
Use within 6 months of opening
On opening the bottle you can smell the mint flavouring but it has a powdery smell to it too, the liquid is very thick in consistancy and is easy to administer as it stays put on the spoon. I really didn't think much of the actual liquid as it was so thick and the feel of it in my mouth made me gag but I had to take it as I needed to the relief. The medicine works very well, I was instructed to take this as and when required and I found generally that I would have to take it after meals and sometimes through the night when I would wake up with heartnburn. Considering how many heartburn tablets I had been taking I think 4 to 5 doses of this per day was a great improvment and shows that the product does have a long lasting effect.
I would have preferred not to have to take this as the feeling of it in my mouth and swallowing it I did not like however it is a very good product which dealt with my heartburn very quickly and kept it at bay for a few hours at a time, i'm not sure how I would have got through the pregnancy without this.
I do occasionally suffer from heartburn and indigestion, therefore I like to ensure I always have something to take to provide me with some relief from the uncomfortable and often painful symptoms that occur.
Gaviscon advance was recommended to me by a work colleague who swears by it. I must admit at first I was very sceptical, as I have previously purchased Gaviscon tablets which I personally didn't find very good at providing relief from the burning discomfort that heartburn brings.
However, when my colleague informed me that he too had found the tablets not to be very effective, I was curious enough to actually try this Gaviscon Advance which comes in liquid form.
~~ What is Gaviscon Advance? ~~
Gaviscon Advance is advertised as offering fast, powerful and long lasting relief from the discomfort and pain caused by heatburn and indigestion. It can also be useful to sufferers of GORD (gastro oesophageal reflux disease) by providing some relief from the symptoms.
This thick creamy liquid belongs to a group of medicines which are known as ' reflex suppressants' and is designed to form a protective layer on the top of the contents of your stomach, thus preventing acid escaping and finding its way into the food pipe causing pain and a burning sensation.
The active ingedients contained in Gaviscon Advance is Sodium Alginate and Potassium Hydrogen Carbonate. It doesn't contain any gluten or sugar and is safe to take when pregnant and also when breast feeding. I personally suffered a lot from heartburn during the latter stages of pregnancy, so it is comforting to know this product is perfectly safe to take.
Adults and children over 12 are advised to take this following the directions on the bottle which are 5-10mls after meals and at bedtime or as directed by a physician. Children under 12 should only take Gaviscon Advance on advice from their doctor. Also people who are following restrictive diets should also seek advice from their GP before taking Gaviscon Advance. For example if you have been advised to reduce your sodium intake, then because of the high sodium content of this product it may not be suitable for you. So if in any doubt, seek advice first.
~~ My experience of using Gaviscon Advance ~~
I have seen Gaviscon Advance available in two flavours - Peppermint and Aniseed. When I first purchased some at the chemist they only had the Aniseed flavour in stock, but this wasn't a problem as I probably would have opted for this flavour anyway had I been given the choice.
On opening the bottle after shaking thoroughly first, the strong smell of aniseed wafted up immediately and I was initially suprised at just how strong smelling it was.
The liquid itself is quite pleasant to take, although I don't particularly enjoy the chalky feeling which lingers in your mouth.
Usually when I have tried other heartburn relief remedies, they have either not worked at all, or gave a little relief shortly after taking it. With Gaviscon Advance, I was pleased to find it worked pretty much right away. Certainly it works a lot faster than anything else I have tried before and this particular Aniseed flavour tends to give me 100% relief from heartburn and indigestion symptoms whenever I use it. So it scores full marks from me and I was pleased that I decided to give it a try following that recommendation from my colleague.
On thanking my colleague for his recommendation, he said he forgot to mention that the aniseed flavour seems to work better for him than the peppermint one for some reason.
Therefore, because I found the aniseed flavour to be effective for me, I have never purchased the peppermint flavour.
My partner suffers from the aforementioned GORD which is really painful and uncomfortable. He finds he often has to stay up late at night until the symptoms ease as lying down is unbearable. Although he had been prescribed medication from his GP, he was advised to try Gaviscon Advance and whilst he finds it offers some relief it is not totally effective for him. However, his symptoms are a lot more painful than any I ever get just suffering from heartburn and indigestion.
It is fair to say that this product is great for heartburn/indigestion sufferers, but please don't expect it to be 100% effective if you suffer from GORD, as it may only provide a little comfort from the painful symptoms.
Gaviscon Advance isn't cheap and a small 150ml bottle costs me over £4.00, however, as it gives 100% relief for me from heartburn and indigestion, and bearing in mind I have tried the cheaper alternatives and they weren't as effective, it is money well spent.
Although I didn't have any success with the gaviscon tablets it didn't stop me from trying the others in the range when I was pregnant as I had become desperate for something to actually work on my heartburn.
The one I found the most useful and successful out of all the Gaviscon range was the Gaviscon advance liquid formula.
It comes in a 300ml bottle for £6.99 which is expensive but it worked so well I would have been willing to pay any price by about month 5 into my pregnancy.
The one I used was peppermint in flavour but there is also an aniseed flavour available and it is supposed to give fas soothing relief to the symptoms of indegestion and heart burn.
Inside the bottle is a gloopy thick liquid which is really unappealing and I hate the texture when I am swallowing it. However as soon as it hits my throat and stomach it really does begin to cool the burn and soothe it so the texture is something I can put up with.
The peppermint flavour is quite nice but it still has the same chalky aftertaste that the tablets have and it sort of coats your mouth and you feel like you need a good rise out.
It works by coating the stomach with a layer to stop the acid from escaping into your throat and this advance formula does it so much quicker and lasts longer than the other formulas in the range. I found that the advance formula was the only thing that allowed me to carry on my daily life in a normal fashion whereas the tablets and the original gaviscon would work for a short time and I would be in agony again.
As it is stronger I had to ask the pharmacist for this as it wasn't out on the shelves but she gave me it no problem and just asked me a few questions to see if it was suitable.
The dosage is 5-10ml afer meals and before bedtime but I was informed that I could take it as often as I needed without having any side effects from it.
For me personally I found that Gaviscon advance was the best thing for y heart burn during pregnancy and I really can't imagine what I would have done without it. I sailed through my second pregnancy thanks to the trial and error of finding the right products for me when I was having my first child so if you do not want to spend nine months suffering I recommend you get yourself into a chemist and pick up a bottle.
My Dad suffered from a heart attack when he was just 39, and I'm really pleased to say that although he had a further mild heart attack aged 41, he has since reached 56 years of age without incident.
This is down to a couple of major reasons in my opinion, such as his greater knowledge of the heart, and how to look after it better, along with his management of everyday stress relief, and a balanced diet etc.
It is also hugely down to his prescription medicines, of which he struggled to come to terms with a little at first, knowing that he had to swallow down dozens of tablets each day, for the rest of his life just to keep him on this planet.
On top of these major life lengthening things however, there are also a number of smaller little factors, that help with the day to day niggles, pains, and twitches, that otherwise could put further concern into his mind, reduce his sleep, and make his life more uncomfortable... One of these things is Gaviscon Advance Liquid Relief.
Costing around 8 - 10 pounds for a large bottle, Gaviscon has now also become a regular fixture in my medical cupboard. It is designed to give fast acting, and soothing relief to the pain and general discomfort of acid indigestion and heartburn, and to a lesser extent is also used to treat gastic reflux and flatulence.
Over the last few years I have found that I am starting to suffer a little at times from what I would describe as mild heart burn.
It is a burning sensation that makes me feel uncomfortable, and causes me to rub at the top of my chest with quite a bit of force in order to try and reduce the burning feeling. I find this is at its worse during the weekend, after a few too many ciders, and maybe a curry, and it is really discomforting during the night, as it stops my sleep as it becomes more and more uncomforable when I am lying down.
Therefore I decided it was time to give Gaviscon a go after seeing my Dad use it so many times over the years.
It comes in a dark brown bottle, and is a thick and creamy suspension which is kind of minty and aniseed tasting.The idea is that it is taken orally i.e. swallowed, and due to the thick viscosoity of the solution, it sticks to the sides of the stomach and oesophagus, and thus prevents the stomach acid from amking contact.
Does it work??
From my own personal experience, I would say yes it does work, almost all the time. It soothes my stomach within a few minutes, and reduces the burning sensation. I have not put my finger on exactly what or when, but occasionally I do find that Gaviscon has little, to zero affect on me, and if anything makes me feel a little worse. However these occasions are pretty rare (probably about 2% of the time), and for the most it works really well, and I would not be without it in my cupboard.
The recomended dosage is as follows:
Adults and children over 12 years: take 10-20ml (two to four 5ml spoonfuls) at meals and at bedtime.
Children 6 to 12 years: take 5-10ml (one to two 5ml spoonfuls) after meals and at bedtime.
This is obviously a medicine, and so anyone thinking of using Gaviscon should see their GP or seek medical advice before using the product.
Also, As alway the bottle warns that all mediceines should be kept out of reach of children.
Thanks for Reading.
© L500589 2010
For me, one of the worst things about being pregnant is the heartburn. This is my fourth pregnancy, but even if it was my tenth I could guarantee that by month six I'd be suffering. And boy, am I suffering just lately.
Thank god for Gaviscon Advance, I say!
For those of you who don't know, Gaviscon is a thick liquid which can be taken for (amongst other things) heartburn and indigestion. It's commonly used in pregnancy as well as to treat other people who suffer from this type of ailment.
Gaviscon Advance comes in two flavours, Peppermint and Aniseed. Both do the job equally well, and although you might think Aniseed is a bit of a strange and warm choice for something to calm heartburn you're wrong. I've guzzelled gallons of the stuff recently and whichever flavour the chemist gives me I know it's going to work.
It's a very thick and gloopy liquid, some people might not be able to get it down due to the texture. The flavours are both pleasant though and you can literally feel the relief from heartburn as soon as you begin swallowing the Gaviscon Advance. The burn reduces straight away and within a few minutes of dosing myself up I can feel well enough to eat again, the relief lasts for a while too and even though this isn't a miracle cure for heartburn at least it stops the pain for a while.
The active ingredient in Gaviscon Advance is Potassium Citate, and this product is suitable for everyone apart from people who are allergic to this specific ingredient. You can't overdose on Gaviscon Advance, well I suppose you could but you'd have to drink a huge amount of it! If you do overdo it you might get a bit of bloating or be running off to the toilet, the thing which makes it so suitable for pregnant women is that this is about the most severe side effect you're likely to come across.
Gaviscon Advance is a stronger compound than it's predecessor, standard Gaviscon. I know from experience that it definitely works quicker, with longer lasting results. Unfortunately the price has rocketed. You can get it on prescription, but with prescription charges this will only be worth doing if you are pregnant and therefore excempt from the charges. Never one to look a gift horse in the mouth, I ask my doctor for my fix of Gaviscon Advance and having to lay out nearly a tenner on a bottle the other day I shall continue to do this!
£7.49 for a 300ml bottle from Boots.
I first used Gaviscon advance when I fell pregnant. Suffering with terrible heartburn I tried everything to get rid of it-with only Gaviscon working.
It tastes absolutely repulsive, looks absolutely grotesque and leaves the most chalky taste in your mouth humanely possible- but it does the job.
It is recommended by doctors, and if you're pregnant they will actually give it to you on prescription if you ask. Please check with your own GP that you are okay to use the product as it may not be the best product for you!
The standard Gaviscon didn't help my heartburn at all, but the advanced version contains double concentration of sodium alginate. (Which is what gets rid of heartburn, indigestion, acid regurgitation etc). It works by forming a layer, and working with your stomach acid. It also works as a barrier, so that stomach components remain in the stomach instead of going into other areas-which is what causes heartburn etc. Gaviscon ingredients are not absorbed into the bloodstream.
Gaviscon is not recommended if you are under 12 years old, and as with all medicines can cause allergic reactions. It is available in aniseed and peppermint flavours. It will cost you about £7.50 for a 300ml bottle and £9.50 for a 500ml bottle, which is quite expensive, but it works almost immediately and is long lasting.
I would recommend Gaviscon advance, but it would be better if it didn't taste so chalky.
I have suffered with excess stomach acid for quite some time now. Lot's of things can make it worse such as spicy foods and stress or not eating often enough.
Anyone who suffers with stomach acid will know that it is very unplesant and very umcomfortable. At worst, it has burnt the bottom of my throat and make me sick.
When I first started to suffer with this I went to a pharmacist who presrcibed this for me. As my condition has got worse, I have relied upon this more and more to help reliveve the symptons.
Gaviscon advanced is great for anyone who suffers with heartburn or excess stomach acid. It is a thick liquid which you should mainly use after meals and at bed time, although I often have to take this more than that, somtimes as much as 8 times a day.
The dosage is 10-20mls per time, depending on whether it is brought over the counter or prescribed by a doctor.
Gaviscon is classed as a reflux suppresent, which basically means it helps to control excess stomach acid and reflux conditions.
This medicine comes in the form of a colling, pinky coloured liquid. It is about the texture of double cream, and quite thick. I don't really like the flavour which is like aniseed, but when your in need of help, the flavour is the last thing on your mind.
I find that this is great and really does help. I take it after meals and also when I get any symptoms. It is quite hard to swallow, because although it is liquid, it is so thick and feels like it clings to the sides of your throat. This probably sounds horrible but as it works it way down your throat you can see how it will help your stomach.
After about 15-20 minutes I find that my symptons start to feel better and after half an hour I feel better again, It usually works on me for about 2 hours, but this greatly depends on how bad it was to start with.
I wouldn't be without this now and use it on a regular basis. It is much more effective than other, similar indigestion remedies available in the shops.
I now get mine on prescription but you can buy this in most chemists and supermarkets. It is quite expensive at around £5 for 300ml, although a lot of supermarkets have now brought out their own versions, which are just as good but sometimes half the price of Gaviscon.
We all have days when we've over-indulged or eaten something that doesn't quite agree with us. When this happens to me I reach for my bottle of Gaviscon Advance, which I always have stocked in my medicine cabinet.
According to the bottle Gaviscon Advance provides fast, effective relief from heartburn and acid indigestion. It can also be used to relieve the symptoms of acid reflux and sore throat and cough associated with this. (I didn't realise this last point until I just read the label!)
The bottle itself is made of brown glass with a white lid. This lid is simply a screw on one - there is no child safety lock. It has a distinctive green and pink label. The green bit has the silhouette of a man with a glowing flame on his chest, representing heartburn. The label states that this product is available through pharmacies only. I think this refers only to the advance formula. The original formula can be found in the medicines aisle of most supermarkets.
Gaviscon Advance comes in a 250ml bottle and is a liquid taken orally. I bought this bottle for £5.82 at my local pharmacy. One dose is 10ml of the liquid and this contains Sodium Alginate and Potassium Bicarbonate as active ingredients. The bottle must be shaken thoroughly before use otherwise you can get left with a chalky residue in your mouth, which is not nice at all! The liquid has a pleasant aniseed flavour which comes from fennel extracts. Fennel itself is also very good at settling stomachs. There are other flavours available in this range.
When the liquid is swallowed, it takes around 10-15 minutes for it to start to take effect, which is pretty fast. I usually take this if I feel particularly bloated or if my stomach is churning and this always does the trick. The liquid should be taken after meals and at bedtimes. I sometimes need to take more than one dose as the symptoms come back after a few hours. Gaviscon is also available as a chewable tablet form which I find handy to take on holiday.
Overall an excellent product that works fast to relieve the symptoms of acid indigestion. It may be a good idea to keep it handy at this time of the year! Highly recommended.
It seems quite amusing writing a review for a heartburn and indigestion remedy following on from one about condensed milk and fudge making! I promise the two aren't linked, condensed milk has in no way given me indigestion.
I don't suffer from heartburn very often, but when I do it is just awful. I pity anyone who suffers from this on a regular basis. The first time I had it I was convinced I was having a heart attack, I could barely breathe for the pain. My Grandmother had had a hiatus hernia and had often used gaviscon to relieve heartburn and indigestion so I gave it a go. It works brilliantly. I never go on holiday without taking a bottle with me.
There are a number of different types of gaviscon in the range. Some are mint flavoured and some are aniseed. The remedy I have found to be best is Gaviscon Double Action. This works in two ways by neutralising the stomach acid to relieve the pain, and then forming a protective barrier over the stomach contents to stop the burning pain in your chest. Heartburn is literally excess stomach acid rising into your chest and throat, so this double action formula makes real sense.
Gaviscon liquid comes in a bottle, various sizes are available. The one I have is 300ml and cost around £6.00. Not cheap, but worth every penny if you are suffering. The liquid itself is quite thick and slightly pink in colour. It is a bit chalky and this can be a bit unpleasant, but the mint flavour is quite nice and fresh.
Gaviscon can be given to adults and children over 12 years. It contains sodium bicarbonate, sodium alginate and calcium carbonate. It is sugar free and gluten free.
I would not hesitate to recommend Gaviscon as a remedy for heartburn.
For the treatment of gastric reflux, oesophagitis, flatulence (wind), heartburn and hiatus hernia / Ingredients: Sodium alginate 1000mg and potassium bicarbonate 200mg per 10ml.