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Rolaids

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Updated March 06, 2008

Rolaids is used to relieve the symptoms of acid indigestion, heartburn, gas, and sour stomach.

Product Details

    Rolaids Regular
    Flavors: Cherry, Peppermint
    Active Ingredients (in each tablet)
    Calcium carbonate 550 mg
    Magnesium hydroxide 110 mg

    Extra Strength Rolaids
    Flavors: Freshmint, Fruit, Tropical Punch
    Active Ingredients (in each tablet)
    Calcium carbonate 675 mg
    Magnesium hydroxide 135 mg

    Rolaids Multi-Symptom
    Flavors: Berry, Cool Mint
    Active ingredients (in each tablet)
    Calcium carbonate 675 mg
    Magnesium hydroxide 135 mg
    Simethicone 60 mg

    Rolaids Plus Gas Relief Softchews
    Flavors: Tropical Fruit
    Active ingredients (in each chew)
    Calcium carbonate 1177 mg
    Simethicone 80 mg

How should this medicine be used?
This medication comes as a chewable tablet and liquid to take by mouth. Chew tablets thoroughly; do not swallow them whole. Drink a full glass of water after taking the tablets. Shake the oral liquid well before each use to mix the medicine evenly. The liquid may be mixed with water or milk.

Follow the directions on the package label or on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take aluminum hydroxide and magnesium hydroxide antacids exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor. Do not take antacids for more than 1-2 weeks unless prescribed by your doctor.

What special precautions should you follow?

  • Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to calcium carbonate or any other drugs.

  • Tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking. Your doctor will be able to tell you whether you can take antacids with these medications, and if so, whether you can do so at the same time, or take the medications at a different time. The time delay is usually at least 2 hours of taking an antacid.

  • Tell your doctor if you have or have ever had kidney disease or stomach conditions.

  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking calcium carbonate, call your doctor.

What side effects can this medication cause?
Although side effects from Rolaids are not common, they can occur. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

  • upset stomach
  • vomiting
  • stomach pain
  • belching
  • constipation
  • dry mouth
  • increased urination
  • loss of appetite
  • metallic taste

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Sources:
"Antacids (Oral)." MedlinePlus. 3 Dec 2006 <http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/uspdi/202047.html>.
"OTC Drugs for Upset Stomachs." Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 3 Dec 2006 <http://www.fda.gov/fdac/graphics/reprints/tummy.pdf>.
"Patient Education - Drugs - calcium carbonate." Jackson Siegelbaum Gastroenterology. 3 Dec 2006 <http://www.gicare.com/pated/calcium_carbonate.htm>.
"Antacids (Oral) - MayoClinic.com." MayoClinic.com. 3 Dec 2006 <http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/drug-information/DR202047>.

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