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Getting affected frequently by acidity, bloating, stomach distension. Can Soda Bicarb tablet be taken?

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My daughter is getting affected frequently by acidity related problems (bloating/stomach distension etc.)as she is young and fond of junk food.Can she take Soda bicarb tablets , I have heard it neutralises acidity If so, what is suitable dosage for her(weight-101kgs and for how much period should take them?
Posted Sun, 22 Sep 2013 in Digestion and Bowels
Answered by Dr. Ketan Vagholkar 32 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Proper diagnosis is a must.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for writing in.
Overweight can cause alteration of fat metabolism leading to the symtoms which you have described. Taking soda bi carb will not help much but in fact will cause more harm in the long run.
Bloating and a distended feel of the upper abdomen is typically described as flatulent dyspepsia. It has many causes which need to be ruled out.
1. Gall stones by ultrasound
2. Fatty liver by ultrasound and liver enzymes.
3. Altered lipid profile by blood investigations.
4.Regurgitation of sour fluid in the morning suggestive of reflux and hiatus hernia.(diagnosed by endoscopy)
Once the exact cause is found specific targeted therapy can be commenced. It is unwise to resort to symptomatic treatment without identifying the underlying disease process.
In the mean time I would suggest
1. Food regulation by a dietician.
2. Exercise in moderation by way of walking only.
3. Yoga therapy.
4. Mild antacids like sucralfate.(1 tablespoon three times a day after meals)

I hope this answers your qurry.
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Examples of Sucralfate(viz. Brand name etc.) may be provided please
Answered by Dr. Ketan Vagholkar 3 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Commonly available brand

Detailed Answer:
thanks for the feedback.
The commonly available brand is " SPARACID" suspension.
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