In addition to the acid-neutralizing ingredients found in Gaviscon®
, all Gaviscon® products
contain "alginate". When chewed (Gaviscon®
tablets) or swallowed (Gaviscon®
liquid), the combination of the alginic acid and bicarbonate creates a foam barrier or "raft" that floats on the stomach acid. This raft foam barrier helps reduce the number of reflux episodes and
provides longer lasting action against "heartburn"
than ordinary antacid products. If reflux occurs, this raft foam barrier is the first to contact the esophageal mucosa, and thus provides protection against the acid-pepsin gastric contents. In fact, Gaviscon®
helps keep acid down in the stomach, where it belongs.