Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are alginates?

Alginates work by reacting with saliva and gastric acid to produce a gel which floats on top of the stomach contents, preventing reflux of stomach contents. Gaviscon contains an alginate. 

2. What are antacids?

A type of medicine that is alkaline in nature and works by neutralising acid. 

3. Which Gaviscon is suitable for use during pregnancy?

Gaviscon Advance Liquid has a unique formula that provides fast, effective relief from heartburn and gastric reflux, and can be used during pregnancy.

Medicines can affect the unborn baby. Always talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking any medicine in pregnancy.

4. What is Gastro-oesophageal reflux?

The movement of stomach acid back up into the oesophagus.

5. What is Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD)?

It is a condition caused by gastro-oesophageal reflux (also known as GERD - utilising the American spelling 'esophagus'). Symptoms include those of heartburn and regurgitation. It is often associated with weakening of the muscle which controls entry of food into the stomach.