Indigestion/heartburn/reflux? Using Gaviscon? Use almost identical Peptac at less than half the price £2.99 500ml at Weldricks (60 northern branches: free click and collect). Or just pick up a bottle at your local chemist for much the same price.
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Indigestion/heartburn/reflux? Using Gaviscon? Use almost identical Peptac at less than half the price £2.99 500ml at Weldricks (60 northern branches: free click and collect). Or just pick up a bottle at your local chemist for much the same price.

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Found 17th Mar 2016
Gaviscon is the big well-known brand - and very expensive because people will pay more for a brand.

Peptac is almost identical, works just as well, treats exactly the same symptoms - but it's less than half the price because it's a generic equivalent.

Peppermint or aniseed flavoured - just like Gaviscon.

Save yourself some money. Buy it anywhere you like, though a lot of stores choose not to sell it because they make much more money on Gaviscon. Usually £3 or maybe a bit less from your local chemist

Boots sell exactly the same thing, made by the same manufacturer that makes Peptac, at higher prices under their own label. The Boots one is £6.29 - for exactly the same thing. More than twice the price. They have the barefaced cheek to avoid UK taxes and still rip off their customers with ridiculously high prices, even for a generic like this.

Online and in the north Weldricks Pharmacy has a good name - buy it with free delivery click and collect, or £3.19 to have it delivered (free delivery if you spend £35 or more).

Peptac liquid contains three active ingredients, sodium alginate, sodium bicarbonate and calcium carbonate. These three ingredients work together to relieve the symptoms of gastro-oesophageal reflux, such as heartburn. Gastro-oesophageal reflux is stomach acid flowing from the stomach back into the food pipe (oesophagus).

Various conditions can cause reflux as a result of the pressure they exert on the stomach, for example, pregnancy and hiatus hernia. It can also occur following meals. Reflux can cause symptoms such as indigestion, acid regurgitation, or the painful burning sensation of heartburn. Over long periods of time the acid can also damage and inflame the lining of the foodpipe. This condition is known as reflux oesophagitis.

The active ingredients of Peptac are not absorbed into the bloodstream. Instead they work by forming a "raft" that floats on the surface of the stomach contents, physically preventing the acid from flowing back into the foodpipe.

Sodium alginate is a naturally occuring substance that is found in a particular type of seaweed. In the presence of the calcium carbonate it reacts with the acid in the stomach to form a gel. Sodium bicarbonate also reacts with the acid in the stomach to form bubbles of carbon dioxide. These bubbles are trapped by the gel and they allow the gel to float like a raft on top of the stomach contents. The raft prevents acid in the stomach from flowing back into the food pipe. This relieves the symptoms of reflux such as heartburn. In the case of reflux oesophagitis it not only relieves the symptoms, but also protects the inflamed foodpipe from the acid and allows it to heal. The raft lasts for about three to four hours on top of the stomach contents and is then broken down in the digestive system and excreted in the faeces.

What is it used for? Relieving the symptoms of gastro-oesophageal reflux, such as heartburn, indigestion and acid regurgitation.

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Original Poster

Just for clarification, Peptac Liquid will do exactly what Gaviscon Liquid will do for less than half the price. Almost identical ingredients and every bit as effective for that reason.

You can get it from Weldricks for £2.99 (free click and collect) or you can spend £35 (12 bottles of Peptac will do it) and get free delivery to your home.

You may even find it cheaper in your local pharmacy - though Boots and a lot of stores choose not to sell it simply because they make far more out of you by selling you the much more expensive Gaviscon.

they are lots of "own brand" indigestion liquids out there In the supermarkets/drug stores is this any better then most or just the same?

col11

they are lots of "own brand" indigestion liquids out there In the … they are lots of "own brand" indigestion liquids out there In the supermarkets/drug stores is this any better then most or just the same?



Peptac supply all the big stores/pharmacies and its just relabeled with their name/brand. Please see below.

mhra.gov.uk/spc…vel

They dont work anyway i use proper tablets from the doctors gaviscon and others never worked for me
Edited by: "copystuff" 17th Mar 2016

Original Poster

copystuff

They dont work anyway


Some don't, but this type (alginate) does.

Trying to wean myself off Omeprazole at the minute so been going through this stuff at a bottle a week!
Both this and gaviscon work equally as little!

Original Poster

kopking23

Peptac supply all the big stores/pharmacies and its just relabeled with … Peptac supply all the big stores/pharmacies and its just relabeled with their name/brand. Please see below. http://www.mhra.gov.uk/spc-pil/?prodName=PEPTAC%20LIQUID&subsName=CALCIUM%20CARBONATE&pageID=SecondLevel


They do one for Boots - it's twice the price at £6.29!

Love Boots - they really have perfected the art of ripping people off to boost the dividends they pay to their shareholders. At least Amazon give customers low prices when they avoid UK taxes. Boots is an aggressive UK tax avoider - AND it rips off its customers with ridiculously high prices.

Deaa

Trying to wean myself off Omeprazole at the minute so been going through … Trying to wean myself off Omeprazole at the minute so been going through this stuff at a bottle a week!Both this and gaviscon work equally as little!


I'd like to come off Omeprazole, I find gaviscon does absolutely nothing for me though.

Genuine Gaviscon Advert: http://i63.tinypic.com/do5o5d.jpg

Original Poster

Danze1984

I'd like to come off Omeprazole, I find gaviscon does absolutely nothing … I'd like to come off Omeprazole, I find gaviscon does absolutely nothing for me though.


Horses for courses, I suppose. The Consultant's advice was to drop the Omeprazole and increase the dosage of Gaviscon/Peptac and it works for me. Gaviscon's prescribed by the NHS, and that wouldn't be happening if it weren't proven to be effective.

Newbold

Horses for courses, I suppose. The Consultant's advice was to drop the … Horses for courses, I suppose. The Consultant's advice was to drop the Omeprazole and increase the dosage of Gaviscon/Peptac and it works for me. Gaviscon's prescribed by the NHS, and that wouldn't be happening if it weren't proven to be effective.


Thinking about the link between Omeprazole and Alzheimer's I'm thinking of going back to having oral with the fireman! oO

ant that 99p in home bargains

Original Poster

welche2

ant that 99p in home bargains



​Not remotely the same thing, whatever your post means. oO

The north, Doncaster er ok then. Have not voted either way though

Believe the Gaviscon patent has expired - so they tried to rip off our NHS.

see thisismoney.co.uk/mon…tml

col11

they are lots of "own brand" indigestion liquids out there In the … they are lots of "own brand" indigestion liquids out there In the supermarkets/drug stores is this any better then most or just the same?



This is better that almost all other generics. And the reason why, is like Gaviscon Advance this is one of the few ones which has Sodium Alginate inside of it.

Sodium Alginate is what you need for LPR and Non Acid Reflux which is what I have and what many people may have alongside regular acid reflux

http://fauquierent.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/sodium-alginate-to-treat-non-acid-reflux.html

Find an antacid that has Sodium Alginate in it would be my strong advice. And Peptac and Gaviscon Advance has it.

I want to come of Omeprazole too also worried about side effects but found gaviscon doesn't work. Starting chewing bisodol all day long!! What's this about cider vinegar?

This doesn't taste as good as Gaviscon

I've just started on Omeprazole. What are the side effects?

fishmaster

http://healthwyze.org/reports/221-why-you-should-use-apple-cider-vinegar-instead-of-antacids-and-baking-soda-for-indigestion



Huh. Reading that, makes me want to vote this cold...

I haven't.

copystuff

They dont work anyway i use proper tablets from the doctors gaviscon and … They dont work anyway i use proper tablets from the doctors gaviscon and others never worked for me



NO, this just didn't work for you, completely different.

Sancho

I've just started on Omeprazole. What are the side effects?


I took it for 4 days then became violently sick for 8 hours, a bit like bad alcohol poisoning but lasted longer, awful headaches and had a panic attack the day before. Had to stop taking it. Now on Slippery Elm & Gaviscon & doing throat exercises. Going to try Cider Vinegar too.

will keep an eye out, the price of a big bottle of gaviscon peppermint is enough to give a double dose of heartburn, wish the wife had told me..

willysnapper

Genuine Gaviscon Advert:



http://www.paydenspharmacy.co.uk/assets/as-seen-on-tv/advert-gaviscon.jpg
Maybe for him

I always buy this unless desperate and have to pick up a bottle of gaviscon. I find it a thicker consistency than Gaviscon but just as effective. However the pharmacy's do not have it on display you always got to ask for it behind the counter. I pay around £3.35 each time so this price is a bit less but not local for me.

fishmaster

http://healthwyze.org/reports/221-why-you-should-use-apple-cider-vinegar-instead-of-antacids-and-baking-soda-for-indigestion



What a reliable source of information.

I don't get heart burn as such with my problem but it feels like I have to constantly clear my throat(GURD), its like I'm growling all the time when its bad, it also gets painful in the throat. I have tried Lanzaparole for ages and switched to Ozemaporole with similar results (both help but you need to change your diet too, cut out caffeine/spicy foods/tomatoes/crisps etc etc). I have also tried Domperidome which forces your throat muscles to close after eating.

Only just heard about the Alzheimers link in this thread:|, worried what to do know, I can't stand having reflux as it wears you down with the coughing and throat clearing

Would be so pleased to give up the drugs and go for cider vinegar IF it works. Oh and I take steroids which can cause reflux.


Edited by: "airfix" 17th Mar 2016

hugekebab

What a reliable source of information.



Part I

https://chriskresser.com/what-everybody-ought-to-know-but-doesnt-about-heartburn-gerd/

Part II

http://chriskresser.com/the-hidden-causes-of-heartburn-and-gerd/

Part III

http://chriskresser.com/more-evidence-to-support-the-theory-that-gerd-is-caused-by-bacterial-overgrowth/

Part A

http://chriskresser.com/how-your-antacid-drug-is-making-you-sick-part-a/

Part B

http://chriskresser.com/how-your-antacid-drug-is-making-you-sick-part-b/

"As we have seen in the previous articles in the series, heartburn and GERD are caused by too little – and not too much – stomach acid. Unfortunately, insufficient stomach acid is also associated with bacterial overgrowth, impaired nutrient absorption, decreased resistance to infection, and increased risk of stomach cancer, ulcers, IBS and other digestive disorders, depression and mood disorders, autoimmune disease, and asthma.

Chronic use of acid stopping medication dramatically reduces stomach acid, thus increasing the risk of all of these conditions. What’s more, acid suppressing medications not only do not address the underlying cause of heartburn and GERD, they make it worse."

References were supplied in the above articles.

Newbold

Just for clarification, Peptac Liquid will do exactly what Gaviscon … Just for clarification, Peptac Liquid will do exactly what Gaviscon Liquid will do for less than half the price. Almost identical ingredients and every bit as effective for that reason.You can get it from Weldricks for £2.99 (free click and collect) or you can spend £35 (12 bottles of Peptac will do it) and get free delivery to your home.You may even find it cheaper in your local pharmacy - though Boots and a lot of stores choose not to sell it simply because they make far more out of you by selling you the much more expensive Gaviscon.



​It's not so much the profit as the guaranteed sale of branded goods. We are all suckers fir brands. Pretty sure everyone reading this is touching a brand they trust.

fishmaster

http://healthwyze.org/reports/221-why-you-should-use-apple-cider-vinegar-instead-of-antacids-and-baking-soda-for-indigestion



Don't you normally post scientific studies and stuff? That site is full of rubbish and conspiracy theories.

"How to cure coeliac disease using holistic naturopathic techniques" "The ideal diet for curing celiac disease... Meat, vegetables, whole wheat carbohydrates, and non-homogenized milk products are fine".

"How to cure autism".

"The dangers of tap water" - partly blames the nazis. oO

Original Poster

backtothecaves

​It's not so much the profit as the guaranteed sale of branded goods. We … ​It's not so much the profit as the guaranteed sale of branded goods. We are all suckers fir brands. Pretty sure everyone reading this is touching a brand they trust.


Interesting...........but, and correct me if I'm wrong, he's not a doctor.

chriskresser.com/about/

yrreb88

Don't you normally post scientific studies and stuff? That site is full … Don't you normally post scientific studies and stuff? That site is full of rubbish and conspiracy theories. "How to cure coeliac disease using holistic naturopathic techniques" "The ideal diet for curing celiac disease... Meat, vegetables, whole wheat carbohydrates, and non-homogenized milk products are fine". "How to cure autism". "The dangers of tap water" - partly blames the nazis. oO



Read post #31 and you'll see the basis of that link is sound, they go in to a lot more detail in the other links I've given.

My mate died the other day from heartburn, Gav is gone.

Edited by: "dpathic2001" 17th Mar 2016

Newbold

Interesting...........but, and correct me if I'm wrong, he's not a … Interesting...........but, and correct me if I'm wrong, he's not a doctor.http://chriskresser.com/about/



A Doctor will prescribe you proton pump inhibitors which are linked with dementia and increased risk of pneumonia. Think for yourself that's all he's doing and he's backed it up with studies and studies are what everyone ultimately refers to as they elicit the current knowledge we have and even they can be flawed.

"Associations have been shown between PPI use and an increased risk of pneumonia, particularly in the 30 days after starting therapy, where it was found to be 50% higher in community use.[32][33] A primary research study using pharmacoepidemiological claims data analysis has reported an association between PPI use and the risk of developing dementia in people over the age of 75 (1.4x hazard ratio)[34] but this has not been examined in prospective studies. Inappropriate prescribing of PPIs in the elderly, including those with dementia, has been reported.[35]"

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proton-pump_inhibitor

I'm just giving the information out if you choose to believe it or not that's up to you, as long as you actual think about what you're being told. Most of us believe the cause is too much stomach acid, I'm just giving the alternate view and evidence for that view.

Gaviscon seems to do nothing for my symptoms, but heat added, this will save my dad money so I can spend more

Omeprazole, can stop acid reflux which unchecked, can have very serious health issues......look it up.....

Jaybeam

I want to come of Omeprazole too also worried about side effects but … I want to come of Omeprazole too also worried about side effects but found gaviscon doesn't work. Starting chewing bisodol all day long!! What's this about cider vinegar?


You just have to keep dropping your dose slowly, I have gone from 40mg to 10mg per day over around a month. Another week and I'm dropping to 10mg every other day. It's far from pain free but I found dropping certain trigger foods helps with me, also chewing gum.

I was prescribed this when I was pregnant, slightly different taste to gaviscon but it does the job!

Newbold

Interesting...........but, and correct me if I'm wrong, he's not a doctor.



In fact, Chris Kresser doesn't seem to be at all highly regarded by anyone - including his own clients: https://www.paleohacks.com/chris-kresser/tell-me-about-your-personal-experience-with-chris-kresser-14256

Remember that on the internet, anyone can present themselves as in expert in anything. And it does appear Chris Kresser is an acknowledged expert at extracting money from desperate people.

Used Peptac at on the advice of my doctor. He's the good old fashioned type of doctor - always has time to do a proper consultation, and hates he government rip-off stance of ...'Use generics, they are cheaper', but he insists that this is at least as good as gaviscon. Sold over the counter at Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury's, but you have to ask at pharmacy counter.

Try it once, only risking a few quid, I'm pretty sure if Gaviscon works for you, this will too.
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