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Generic Name: sodium bicarbonate (Pronunciation: sew dee uhm buy car bo nayt)

What is sodium bicarbonate ()?

Sodium bicarbonate is an antacid that neutralizes stomach acid.

Sodium bicarbonate is used to relieve heartburn and indigestion. Sodium bicarbonate is also used to make the blood and urine less acidic in certain conditions

Sodium bicarbonate may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of sodium bicarbonate ()?

Stop taking sodium bicarbonate and seek emergency medical attention if you experience a rare allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives).

Stop taking sodium bicarbonate and notify your doctor if you experience

  • nausea or vomiting;
  • headache;
  • sever mood changes;
  • muscle pain;
  • swelling of feet, ankles or legs
  • decreased appetite;
  • unusual tiredness;
  • constipation;
  • dry mouth or increased thirst; or
  • increased urination.

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about sodium bicarbonate ()?

Do not take sodium bicarbonate or any antacids without first talking to your doctor if you take any other medications.

Sodium bicarbonate contains a large amount of sodium. If you are on a sodium restricted diet or have high blood pressure talk to your health care professional before taking sodium bicarbonate.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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