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Alka-Seltzer Original

(Aspirin / Citric Acid / Sodium Bicarbonate)

  • Chewable tablet
  • Effervescent tablet
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Relieves heartburn, headache, and body pains.

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Alka-Seltzer Original (Aspirin / Citric Acid / Sodium Bicarbonate) gives quick relief for headache, body pains, and upset tummies, but might be hard to swallow if you don't like the taste or fizz.

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  • Works great if you have an upset stomach and a headache or body pain at the same time.
  • Works really fast.
  • Available over the counter without a prescription.
  • Cheap.
  • Doesn't last very long.
  • Other antacids like Zantac (H2 blockers) and omeprazole (proton pump inhibitors) can work better and last longer.
  • Because it has aspirin in it, it increases the risk of bleeding, especially if you take any other blood thinning medicine.
  • Can't be used by people with allergy to aspirin.
  • You may not like the taste or fizz.
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Side effects for Alka-Seltzer Original (Aspirin / Citric Acid / Sodium Bicarbonate)

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These are side effects of Alka-Seltzer Original (Aspirin / Citric Acid / Sodium Bicarbonate) reported to the FDA by people taking it, and by doctors and pharmacists.

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What to expect when you take Alka-Seltzer Original (Aspirin / Citric Acid / Sodium Bicarbonate)

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Tips from our pharmacists
  • Don't take Alka-Seltzer if you're allergic to aspirin.
  • Take it with food to lower the chance of an upset stomach.
  • This medicine isn't recommended for kids 12 and younger because it has aspirin in it.
  • Stop taking this right away and talk to your doctor if you have ringing in your ears, rash, trouble breathing, unusual bleeding, or nausea or vomiting that doesn't go away.
  • Having a dental or medical procedure? You may need to stop taking this before the big day. Ask your dentist or doctor.
  • Alka-Seltzer contains sodium. If you need to follow a low sodium diet a different medication would be better for you.
  • Not a good choice if you have stomach bleeding, bleeding problems, diabetes, or gout, or if you're taking medicines to thin your blood.

Risks and Warnings for Alka-Seltzer Original (Aspirin / Citric Acid / Sodium Bicarbonate)

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  • There are many different over the counter medications with the brand name Alka-Seltzer Original (Aspirin / Citric Acid / Sodium Bicarbonate). Each one may contain different active ingredients. Be sure to read the labels carefully to understand what kind of medicine you have and what the correct dose should be.

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Tips from pharmacists and people taking Alka-Seltzer Original (Aspirin / Citric Acid / Sodium Bicarbonate)

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Food
  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • Take it with food to lower the chance of an upset stomach.
Kidneys & liver
  • Risks from our pharmacists
  • If you have kidney or hyperparathyroid disease Alka-Seltzer Original (Aspirin / Citric Acid / Sodium Bicarbonate) can build up in your blood. This may can cause toxic levels of sodium in your body. This is more likely if you have severe kidney disease (defined as a kidney function blood test called GFR of less than 30ml/min). If you have severe kidney disease or are on kidney dialysis don't use Alka-Seltzer Original (Aspirin / Citric Acid / Sodium Bicarbonate); a different antacid would be better for you.
  • Alka-Seltzer Original (Aspirin / Citric Acid / Sodium Bicarbonate) contains sodium. Sodium can raise blood pressure and cause your body to hold on to water. If you have high blood pressure, heart failure, or kidney disease you should not take Alka-Seltzer Original (Aspirin / Citric Acid / Sodium Bicarbonate).