Sodium content of medicines for indigestion and gastric disorders

Ashley Marsden, Senior Medicines Optimisation Pharmacist, Pharmacy Practice Unit, Royal Liverpool HospitalPublished

Background

Some brands of alginates and other indigestion medicines contain significant amounts of sodium.

The attached list provides details of sodium content of a variety of indigestion preparations and medicines for some gastric disorders, along with associated limitations. The list can be used to identify sodium content of preparations per dose and per maximum daily dose. It can also be used to help find preparations with lower sodium content.

Attachments

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