What is Sodium Bicarbonate used for?
Sodium Bicarbonate injection, powder, suspension, tablet is used to relieve heartburn and indigestion.
Sodium Bicarbonate may also be prescribed for other conditions as determined by the doctor.
How does Sodium Bicarbonate work?
Sodium Bicarbonate belongs to the class of drugs called antacids. The drug acts by neutralising the hydrogen ions by dissociating into bicarbonate ions and carbon dioxide, thereby it helps in decreasing gastric acidity.
How to use Sodium Bicarbonate?
The dosage and the drug form depend on the age, weight and medical condition of an individual. Use Sodium Bicarbonate injection/powder/suspension/tablet as prescribed by your doctor.
- Swallow the tablet Do not crush or chew the tablet.
- Sodium Bicarbonate Injection should be administered only under medical supervision.
- Empty the powder/sachet into a glass of water, stir well to ensure the content is completely dissolved and consume immediately. It is recommended to take as per doctor’s instructions.
- In case of syrup, shake the suspension well before taking each dose so as to ensure the uniform mixing of the drug. Use a measuring cup while taking each dose.
If you miss a dose of Sodium Bicarbonate, please use it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not use a double dose to make up for the missed dose.
What are the drugs that interact with Sodium Bicarbonate?
Drugs that interact with Sodium Bicarbonate include the following:
This is not a comprehensive list of drug interactions. Consult your doctor to know more about other possible drug interactions.
What are the side effects of Sodium Bicarbonate?
The following are the most common side effects of Sodium Bicarbonate:
- Mood changes
- Weight gain
The following are the severe side effects and you may require immediate medical attention:
- Chest pain
- Difficulty breathing
- Severe dizziness
- Swelling of throat, face or tongue
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please consult your doctor to know more about other possible side effects.
What special precautions should be followed while using Sodium Bicarbonate?
- Avoid using the medicine if you are allergic to Sodium Bicarbonate or similar drugs.
- Do not drive or operate heavy machinery if Sodium Bicarbonate causes dizziness or blurred vision.
- Avoid consumption of alcohol as it may alter the absorption of Sodium Bicarbonate.
- Keep the medication out of reach of children.
You are advised not to use Sodium Bicarbonate if
- it has passed the expiry date of the medicine printed on the pack.
- the foil or packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering or there is discolouration.
What should you tell your doctor before using Sodium Bicarbonate?
- Tell your doctor if you have any history of kidney disease, heart failure and low calcium levels.
- Inform the doctor if you are taking any other drugs, OTC medications, herbal products or nutritional supplements.
- Notify your doctor if you become pregnant while using Sodium Bicarbonate.
Frequently Asked Questions about Sodium Bicarbonate
- Is it safe to use Sodium Bicarbonate while I am on a salt-restricted diet?
- How long can I use Sodium Bicarbonate?
- How should Sodium Bicarbonate be stored?
- Can I use Sodium Bicarbonate injection instead of Sodium Bicarbonate tablet?
No. As Sodium Bicarbonate consists of salt (sodium), it is not safe to use Sodium Bicarbonate while you are on a salt-restricted diet. However, consult your doctor before starting the medication.
Use Sodium Bicarbonate every 4 hours as needed or as prescribed by your physician.
Sodium Bicarbonate should be stored at room temperature away from sunlight, heat and moisture.
No, the dosage forms are prescribed as per the health condition of the individual. Please consult your doctor before altering the dosage forms.
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