What is Alka-Seltzer Original and how is it used?
Alka-Seltzer Original is an over-the-counter medicine used to treat the symptoms of heartburn, acid indigestion, and sour stomach with headache or body aches. Alka-Seltzer Original may be used alone or with other medications.
Alka-Seltzer Original belongs to a class of drugs called Antacids.
It is not known if Alka-Seltzer Original is safe and effective in children younger than 12 years of age.
What are the possible side effects of Alka-Seltzer Original?
Alka-Seltzer Original may cause serious side effects including:
- difficulty breathing,
- swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat,
- trouble swallowing or talking,
- unusual hoarseness,
- red, swollen, blistered or peeling skin with or without a fever,
- vomiting or coughing up blood,
- vomit that looks like coffee grounds,
- blood in your urine,
- black, red, or tarry stools,
- bleeding gums,
- abnormal vaginal bleeding,
- unusual bruising,
- bleeding that will not stop,
- little or no urine,
- change in the amount of urine,
- blood in your urine,
- weight gain,
- dark urine,
- loss of appetite,
- stomach pain,
- clay-colored stools,
- yellow skin or eyes (jaundice),
- severe dizziness,
- feeling confusion,
- severe headache,
- ringing in your ears,
- hearing loss,
- severe abdominal pain,
- feeling agitated, and
Get medical help right away, if you have any of the symptoms listed above.
The most common side effects of Alka-Seltzer Original include:
Tell the doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.
These are not all the possible side effects of Alka-Seltzer Original. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
|Active ingredients (in each tablet)||Purpose|
|Anhydrous citric acid 1000 mg||Antacid|
|Aspirin 325 mg (NSAID)||Analgesic|
|Sodium bicarbonate (heat-treated) 1916 mg||Antacid|
|* nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug|
- for the temporary relief of:
- heartburn, acid indigestion, and sour stomach when accompanied with headache or body aches and pains
- upset stomach with headache from overindulgence in food or drink
- headache, body aches, and pain alone
DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION
fully dissolve 2 tablets in 4 ounces of water before taking
|adults and children 12 years and over||2 tablets every 4 hours, or as directed by a doctor||do not exceed 8 tablets in 24 hours|
|adults 60 years and over||2 tablets every 4 hours, or as directed by a doctor||do not exceed 4 tablets in 24 hours|
|children under 12 years||consult a doctor|
- each tablet contains: sodium 567 mg
- store at room temperature. Avoid excessive heat.
- Alka-Seltzer in water contains principally the antacid sodium citrate and the analgesic sodium acetylsalicylate
Inactive ingredients: none
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Dist. by: Bayer HealthCare LLC, Whippany, NJ 07981. Revised: Aug 2018
Children and teenagers who have or are recovering from chicken pox or flu-like symptoms should not use this product. When using this product, if
changes in behavior with nausea and vomiting occur, consult a doctor because these symptoms could be an early sign of Reye's syndrome, a rare but
Aspirin may cause a severe allergic reaction which may include:
- facial swelling
- asthma (wheezing)
Stomach Bleeding Waarning
This product contains an NSAID, which may cause severe stomach bleeding. The chance is higher if you
- are age 60 or older
- have had stomach ulcers or bleeding problems
- take a blood thinning (anticoagulant) or steroid drug
- take other drugs containing prescription or nonprescription NSAIDs (aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, or others)
- have 3 or more alcoholic drinks every day while using this product
- take more or for a longer time than directed
Do Not Use
- if you are allergic to aspirin or any other pain reliever/fever reducer
- if you have ever had an allergic reaction to this product or any of its ingredients
Ask a Doctor Before Use if
- stomach bleeding warning applies to you
- you have a history of stomach problems, such as heartburn
- you have high blood pressure, heart disease, liver cirrhosis, or kidney disease
- you are taking a diuretic
- you have asthma
- you have a sodium-restricted diet
Ask a Doctor or Pharmacist Before use if you are
- presently taking a prescription drug. Antacids may interact with certain prescription drugs.
- taking a prescription drug for diabetes, gout, or arthritis
When using this product do not exceed recommended dosage
Stop Use and ask a Doctor if
- an allergic reaction occurs. Seek medical help right away.
- you experience any of the following signs of stomach bleeding
- feel faint
- vomit blood
- have bloody or black stools
- have stomach pain that does not get better
- symptoms get worse or last more than 10 days
- redness or swelling is present
- ringing in the ears or a loss of hearing occurs
- new symptoms occur
If pregnant or breast-feeding, ask a health professional before use. It is especially important not to use aspirin during the last 3 months of pregnancy unless definitely directed to do so by a doctor because it may cause problems in the unborn child or complications during delivery.
Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.
See section on WARNINGS
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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