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Using Gaviscon? Indigestion/heartburn/reflux? 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.
Using Gaviscon? Indigestion/heartburn/reflux? 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.

Using Gaviscon? Indigestion/heartburn/reflux? 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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Probably about time for this to be highlighted again because of all the advertising by Gaviscon.

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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Prefer Pepto-Bismol myself. Got some in the US a few years back before it could be bought here. Works very quickly in my experience.

ranitidine is also very good and fast action it's tablets that can be bought in the drug isle at Tesco or the chemists it's about £1.50 for 8 75mg

I found it was easier to stop eating at the mother inlaws.

Unless it's a deal, then cold. People should research themselves not get spoon-fed information on a "deals" site.

CouldntThinkOfAUsername

Unless it's a deal, then cold. People should research themselves not get … Unless it's a deal, then cold. People should research themselves not get spoon-fed information on a "deals" site.


Did you pick your username after you saw mine ?

Value spaghetti hoops cost less than heinz too folks

I'd sooner pay the extra not to have to live up North

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benjammin316

Value spaghetti hoops cost less than heinz too folks


Possibly. But Peptac Liquid has almost exactly the same ingredients as Gaviscon Liquid, and for that reason will do exactly what Gaviscon Liquid will do, and is every bit as effective, for less than half the price.

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.

If you want to pay twice as much for the same thing with a different label, feel free.

this is what I get for free under minor ailments scheme made me feel like I was drinking camomile lotion lol does work but not as pleasant as the dearer stuff but can't complain since free

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lukeo44

I'd sooner pay the extra not to have to live up North


You obviously have no idea how much better it is up here than in most parts of the south (and I've lived south and north) - much nicer houses, much lower prices, open countryside, easy access to beautiful coastlines, friendlier people. And best of all - no awful Londoners.

Thanks for the tip

They work the same way but Gaviscon has far better flavour.

sueyc

this is what I get for free under minor ailments scheme made me feel like … this is what I get for free under minor ailments scheme made me feel like I was drinking camomile lotion lol does work but not as pleasant as the dearer stuff but can't complain since free



Didn't know you could get this on the minor ailments scheme. Do you just tell them you got indigestion?

lukeo44

I'd sooner pay the extra not to have to live up North



Oh my goodness, a Southerner with a sense of humour !!

pink_elephant

Didn't know you could get this on the minor ailments scheme. Do you just … Didn't know you could get this on the minor ailments scheme. Do you just tell them you got indigestion?


No you have to say your feet are painful.

lukeo44

I'd sooner pay the extra not to have to live up North



We'd sooner pay the extra for you to stay down in that hellhole called the South.

lianne21

Oh my goodness, a Southerner with a sense of humour !!



He probably moved down there from up here.

Magister

We'd sooner pay the extra for you to stay down in that hellhole called … We'd sooner pay the extra for you to stay down in that hellhole called the South.


Thanks! I was only making an ironic throwaway statement in jest. Seems to have touched a nerve though oO

sueyc

this is what I get for free under minor ailments scheme made me feel like … this is what I get for free under minor ailments scheme made me feel like I was drinking camomile lotion lol does work but not as pleasant as the dearer stuff but can't complain since free



You probably meant calamine lotion. Must be terrible to have an itchy inside.

Al the major supermarkets do their own brand of Gaviscon at about half the price and the composition is almost identical. I always use ASDA's

pepsi works too

One problem with Peptac is the taste of it I found horrendous!! Had to bin it and get Gaviscon....But if u can take the taste of peptac your on a winner and the loser is your stomach Acid

Can you elaborate on 'almost identical' please? Is there a difference in ingredients and, if so, what is it? Thank you.

whydoineedastupidusername

Did you pick your username after you saw mine ?


Never seen yours but mine is clearly better.

My best friend died yesterday of an overdoes of heartburn liquid.........................I still can't believe Gav-is-gon..:D

Gyre8

Can you elaborate on 'almost identical' please? Is there a difference in … Can you elaborate on 'almost identical' please? Is there a difference in ingredients and, if so, what is it? Thank you.


PEPTAC FULL SPEC mhra.gov.uk/spc…vel

GAVISCON FULL SPEC : medicines.org.uk/emc…326

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Gyre8

Can you elaborate on 'almost identical' please? Is there a difference in … Can you elaborate on 'almost identical' please? Is there a difference in ingredients and, if so, what is it? Thank you.



Gaviscon aniseed

Active ingredients Sodium Bicarbonate (133.5 mg), Calcium Carbonate (80 mg) and Sodium Alginate (250 mg).
The other ingredients are carbomer, methyl and propyl parahydroxybenzoates, sodium saccharin, sodium hydroxide, fennel flavour, erythrosine and water.

Peptac aniseed

Active Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate (133.5mg/5ml), Sodium Alginate (250mg/5ml), Calcium Carbonate (80mg/5ml).
Other Ingredients: Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide, Saccharin Sodium, Ethyl Parahydroxybenzoate (E214), Propylparahydroxybenzoate (E216), Butylparahydroxybenzoate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Erythrosine Colour (E127), Aniseed Oil, Purified Water.

CouldntThinkOfAUsername

Unless it's a deal, then cold. People should research themselves not get … Unless it's a deal, then cold. People should research themselves not get spoon-fed information on a "deals" site.



​Disagree. A deal is all about value. whether it's a heartburn treatment or a mobile phone . if I can pay half as much for an alternative brand wirh same features then you'd be a fool to ignore it. if someone prepared to do research then they should be commended. why pay more when there's no need to ..That's common sense.

Home Bargains does an own brand as well, good price if you need it not often. However if you need it all the time I suggest visiting the doctor and getting some tablets.

If you use a lot, go to your doctor.

99rb

If you use a lot, go to your doctor.



Very true. I'm pretty sure you're not meant to use stuff like Gaviscon/Reenie/Other brands of this medicine all the time as constant heartburn/indigestion could be an indication of something underlying. I think if you also suffer a lot from heartburn, you can get a prescription "drug" which is more potent at treating heartburn from your doctor.

Try a spoon of apple cider vinegar washed down with water. Works for me.

I know it sounds unintuitive to treat acid indigestion with acid, but there's sound science behind it.
Edited by: "OB1" 5th Feb

Let's all have a civil war over a bottle of antacid. Maybe the manufacturer will sell a few more bottles with all the stress indigestion......

OB1

Try a spoon of apple cider vinegar washed down with water. Works for me. … Try a spoon of apple cider vinegar washed down with water. Works for me. I know it sounds unintuitive to treat acid indigestion with acid, but there's sound science behind it.


Do you mean drink spoon of vinegar with water?

Ultimate is white cabbage
Eat portion of green cabbage in the morning in empty stomach and drink water later some time
Best natural way of curing acid problem with no side effects

there is absolutely no comparison.
Peptac tastes disgusting,and is no where as effective as Gaviacon.
It really isn't on par.

The main, and only reason I use Gaviscon is because its sold in tablet form

No chance I'm carrying around a bottle everywhere on the off chance I start getting heartburn

Edited by: "saxo_appeal" 6th Feb

They're used for the exact same problems. I work at a pharmacy and have seen how recently doctors have stopped issuing Gaviscon and now issuing peptac. This isn't a case of Asda price vs brand names, medicines have stringent testing procedures...

Importantly, find out why you're needing to use any of this!
Check out Coeliac Disease. I drank gallons of this for years, turns out I just need to avoid gluten.

I normally buy tescos own brand or ranitine tablets.
I went to the doctor but he put me on Lansoprazole - I came off these after a few years and found out what was causing the acid instead.
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