Rolaids, whose generic name is calcium carbonate, belong to a class of medications known as antacids. Rolaids are used to treat heartburn due to acid indigestion, upset stomach, sour stomach, gas and acid reflux disease. Rolaids are available over the counter in most drugstores. Patients with medical problems should consult with the doctor before taking Rolaids.
How Rolaids Work
According to Emedtv.com, Rolaids antacids neutralize stomach acid by increasing the pH in the stomach. Calcium carbonate and magnesium hydroxide salts in Rolaids make the stomach less acidic. Symptoms of heartburn, acid indigestion and sour stomach are relieved. Rolaids do not block or prevent the production stomach acid, but only neutralize stomach acid.
According to Drugs.com, Rolaids should be avoided by patients allergic to calcium carbonate, magnesium hydroxide or any ingredient in Rolaids. Rolaids should not be used in patients with appendicitis and inflamed bowel. Rolaids should also not be used by patients with heart disease, kidney failure and bone fractures. Rolaids contains calcium, which affects the functioning of the heart and should therefore be avoided by patients with heart disease. Rolaids also causes reabsorption of calcium from the bones, leading to too much calcium in the blood and kidney stones.
According to Drugs.com, common side effects of Rolaids include chalky taste, stomach cramping, diarrhea, constipation, decreased appetite, nausea and vomiting, dry mouth, increased thirst and urinating more than usual.
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