Antacids – medications, antacids, which is part of the gastric juice. Acid is necessary for normal functioning of enzymes digesting protein, which is part of the food. When the acidity in the stomach reaches certain limit, the juice begins to exert on the mucous membrane damaging effects. This raises gastritis, duodenitis (ie inflammation of the stomach and duodenum), as well as peptic ulcer disease. K simple antacids is common soda and possesses a strong alkaline properties. However, neutralizing the hydrochloric acid in the stomach, it quickly finishes his act. In addition, the composition of ash is high in sodium, which in large quantities is harmful to the cardiovascular system.
Therefore, the drugs produced by pharmaceutical plants, usually contain other substances, including aluminum and magnesium. There are antacids, which structure includes bismuth. In addition alkalify actions they have an additional effect: bacteriostatic helicobacter, which is also considered one of the factors in the development of gastritis and ulcers. Antacids typically have the consistency of a thick gel or a powder which when dissolved into a gel. They envelop the stomach wall for a long time, preventing the effects of acid on the mucosa. Antacids are generally safe products, but it must be remembered that magnesium has some laxative effect, and aluminum on the contrary – can cause constipation, so prolonged use of these drugs can cause problems with digestion.