Who should NOT take antacids and acid reducers?
Any patient who has an allergy to any of the ingredients in these drugs should not use them. Phenylalanine is an example of an ingredient in some antacids that can cause a problem for some people, so you have to be careful. If you have a condition called phenylketonuria, you should not take a medicine that contains phenylalanine. Do not take bismuth subsalicylate if you have ever had an allergy to aspirin or any other product that has salicylates ingredients. It is also important not to give bismuth subsalicylate to children who may have the flu or chickenpox, because they will have a higher risk of Reye’s syndrome. Other ingredient-related warnings concern your diet while you are taking an antacid or acid reducer to relieve your symptoms. Try to avoid magnesium hydroxide if you are following a magnesium-restricted diet. Furthermore, if you have kidney disease, you should not use products containing calcium carbonate, aluminum hydroxide, or magnesium carbonate without your doctor’s rec