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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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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Found 20th Jan
Time to mention this 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

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 Aniseed Liquid contains 3 active ingredients that work together to relieve the symptoms of gastro-oesophageal reflux. This occurs when stomach acid flows into the food pipe, which can be caused by many different factors and the most common is just after eating. Reflux symptoms can include painful heartburn, indigestion or acid regurgitation.

The active ingredients include sodium alginate, sodium bicarbonate and calcium carbonate and they work together by preventing the acid from flowing back into the foo pipe, but they are not absorbed into the bloodstream. Their effects last for about 3-4 hours on top of the stomach contents and are then broken down in the digestive system.

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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My mate Gav died of heart burn. Can't believe Gaviscon
You shouldn't be getting heart burn in the first place. It's almost universally accepted that it's normal to get heartburn, it isn't normal. Doctors treat the symptoms not the cause with drugs such as Omiprazole. Not their fault we eat crap and don't look after ourselves and everyone wants a quick fix with a pill.

EDIT: I should have been clearer that there are some medical conditions that cause heartburn and not everything is necessarily within a person's control. However I was speaking generally that heartburn is more commonly controlled by aspects of our life style that we have control over.
Edited by: "fishmaster" 21st Jan
I can't believe it's not Gaviscon..
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I can't believe it's not Gaviscon..
indigestion all the time needs indian currys
Had this all the way through pregnancy, helped me no end! Hot!
I've switched to Pepto-Bismol when I need an indigestion remedy. Works very quickly.
This price is much easier on the pocket and easy to swallow.
Thanks for the explanation how it works. Very interesting.
Saw the cheaper Boots equivalent but it separated: a clear liquid ontop of a cloudy layer.
I thought it had gone off and didnt buy it.
Good stuff!
gabesdad46 m ago

I've switched to Pepto-Bismol when I need an indigestion remedy. Works …I've switched to Pepto-Bismol when I need an indigestion remedy. Works very quickly.


I swear by Pepto-bismol.

It tastes like the smell of germoline.
Might give this a go thanks op, tablets don't seem to work anymore!
davening25 m ago

Thanks for the explanation how it works. Very interesting.Saw the cheaper …Thanks for the explanation how it works. Very interesting.Saw the cheaper Boots equivalent but it separated: a clear liquid ontop of a cloudy layer.I thought it had gone off and didnt buy it.


Shake it and it's good to go. The older generation used to crush charcoal into milk.
Edited by: "Maskarova" 20th Jan
Anything that's the same as their Double Action one?
I use the tablets from Wilkinsons, half a tablet seems to be enough.
My mate Gav died of heart burn. Can't believe Gaviscon
Just for anyone else not sure, this is the same as Gaviscon Advance, not normal Gaviscon or Gaviscon Double Action. The Sodium Alginate is the difference and what makes this sit on the top of your stomach blocking things coming back up. Don't eat or drink anything after taking though!
Thanks for this. I've just got 3 bottles plus postage for the same as i pay for 1 x 500ml bottle of Gaviscon Advance! Great find.
rumuk2 h, 44 m ago

Might give this a go thanks op, tablets don't seem to work anymore!


Try cutting out everything acidy for 2 weeks - tomatoes, caffeine, Coffee/tea, juice, citrus fruit, garlic, onions, chocolate, mint, spicy foods, alcohol and fizzy drinks.
You shouldn't be getting heart burn in the first place. It's almost universally accepted that it's normal to get heartburn, it isn't normal. Doctors treat the symptoms not the cause with drugs such as Omiprazole. Not their fault we eat crap and don't look after ourselves and everyone wants a quick fix with a pill.

EDIT: I should have been clearer that there are some medical conditions that cause heartburn and not everything is necessarily within a person's control. However I was speaking generally that heartburn is more commonly controlled by aspects of our life style that we have control over.
Edited by: "fishmaster" 21st Jan
I just practice eating less and slower not had trouble with indigestion since.
For anyone worried about aluminium intake this has it in gavisgon advance does not
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I went through 2 bottles of gaviscon in December (big ones) January 1st till now been on slimming world so cut down drastically on fattier foods and high sugars... Not one bout of indigestion... Even when having a glass of wine etc. I used to get indigestion from drinking water, bananas and porridge were a killer too. Now nothing in 3 weeks....
The armchair specialists on here are hilarious!! Aside from the alginate I think you will find that the components of this are absorbed. But it is the fact that they are found as part of your daily diet anyway. You're right it does the job but personally I wouldn't touch anything made by TEVA!
Edited by: "GI.GORD" 21st Jan
I also use apple cider vinegar diluted with water which works very well. Strange but true, not very nice tasting though.
rachelandgromit2 m ago

I also use apple cider vinegar diluted with water which works very well. …I also use apple cider vinegar diluted with water which works very well. Strange but true, not very nice tasting though.


It's okay tasting, lol.

I also find boots own brand to work a lot better than Gaviscon
fishmaster8 h, 47 m ago

You shouldn't be getting heart burn in the first place. It's almost …You shouldn't be getting heart burn in the first place. It's almost universally accepted that it's normal to get heartburn, it isn't normal. Doctors treat the symptoms not the cause with drugs such as Omiprazole. Not their fault we eat crap and don't look after ourselves and everyone wants a quick fix with a pill.


For some people heart burn is (strangely) caused by too little stomach acid, due to eating a diet that messes up the balance in our gut.

So it's worth trying a spoonful of apple cider vinegar, washed down with water, you might find that gives instant relief (triggering the stomach to close off from the oesophagus properly) PLUS it can correct the acid levels in the stomach helping your digestion work properly.
The best over the counter is Nexium. I'm on long term Omeprazole due to a perforated duodenal ulcer. That's without getting any heartburn symptoms at all.
vernon_bennett24 m ago

The best over the counter is Nexium. I'm on long term Omeprazole due to a …The best over the counter is Nexium. I'm on long term Omeprazole due to a perforated duodenal ulcer. That's without getting any heartburn symptoms at all.


Both of those are Proton Pump Inhibitors, so they reduce the stomach acid being produced. Gaviscon and the like just treat the systoms. PPI also have their own list of side effects so best to go to a doctor for a proper diagnosis or speak to the pharmacist. As not everyone will be suitable for them and your doctor has told you to take this and probably monitors you regularly.
londonlad1914 m ago

Both of those are Proton Pump Inhibitors, so they reduce the stomach acid …Both of those are Proton Pump Inhibitors, so they reduce the stomach acid being produced. Gaviscon and the like just treat the systoms. PPI also have their own list of side effects so best to go to a doctor for a proper diagnosis or speak to the pharmacist. As not everyone will be suitable for them and your doctor has told you to take this and probably monitors you regularly.


Irrespective of that, I find Nexium to be more effective than Gaviscon or any of the usual stuff. They are to stomach acid to what cough mixture is to relieving cough symptoms in that they work for a small amount of time and then comes back again. Whilst PPI has its side effects, I would put up with those rather than a burst ulcer.

I would suggest anyone suffering with continual acid reflux to go to their doctor. I had it for a while and was munching Gaviscon and drinking the liquid form of it, which then turned into stomach pain, for which I was diagnosed as IBS. My consultant believes I was misdiagnosed with the usual IBS get out and that my pain was due to a recurring ulcer which put me through periods of flare up and remission. This eventually culminated in the leaking of acid and stomach content to the point where I had to have an emergency hemicolectomy when my duodenal ulcer finally gave way, which also caused me to have peritonitis, which was on the cusp of developing into sepsis. This is the same thing that killed Tara Palmer Tomkinson last year. I've had to have H Pylori eradication treatment and are about to have an endoscopy to see if the ulcer repair has been successful.

My primary advice is to never let a GP fob people off with a IBS diagnosis without running a battery of tests to exclude an underlying condition.
fishmaster9 h, 44 m ago

You shouldn't be getting heart burn in the first place. It's almost …You shouldn't be getting heart burn in the first place. It's almost universally accepted that it's normal to get heartburn, it isn't normal. Doctors treat the symptoms not the cause with drugs such as Omiprazole. Not their fault we eat crap and don't look after ourselves and everyone wants a quick fix with a pill.


I dont eat crap,probarly eat better now than ever,never have eaten deep fried stuff normal weight ect.Have started getting silent reflux just recently.So it's not all about diet and lifesyle.Maybe age thing though.
Edited by: "sandstone1" 21st Jan
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sandstone149 m ago

I dont eat crap,probarly eat better now than ever,never have eaten deep …I dont eat crap,probarly eat better now than ever,never have eaten deep fried stuff normal weight ect.Have started getting silent reflux just recently.So it's not all about diet and lifesyle.Maybe age thing though.


Do you have any abdominal obesity?
A guy I know in his early 40's gets heat burn after having either wine or coffee which he loves very much.
I don't know how he drinks his coffee but I saw it ( Bright Side video series on Youtube) that you shouldn't have coffee in your empty stomach -- which is easily done in the morning, and to think coffee's ph balance, it makes sense that we shouldn't do it or at least make it very milky
Edited by: "panda098" 21st Jan
fishmaster10 h, 45 m ago

You shouldn't be getting heart burn in the first place. It's almost …You shouldn't be getting heart burn in the first place. It's almost universally accepted that it's normal to get heartburn, it isn't normal. Doctors treat the symptoms not the cause with drugs such as Omiprazole. Not their fault we eat crap and don't look after ourselves and everyone wants a quick fix with a pill.


Pharmacist here,

For some patients, yes, I agree... they should really be looking at lifestyle changes first with drug treatment being the last resort after they tried all that. I've seen numerous patients that are always complaining about acid re-flux/heartburn while at the same time they're smoking like a chimney/drinking excessively and eating oily foods every day. If you live like that then of course you're going to be having heartburn constantly.

On the other hand though, genetics can and does play a part too, I know others with an extremely healthy diet, who are non-smokers,don't drink and exercise frequently that have been struggling with reflux for years even after many doctors appointments/tweaking of medication/specialist consultations. There's also other people that simply cant avoid reflux, such as those who are pregnant.

But I do agree that many people are looking for a quick fix with a pill, I mean you just have to have a look at the number of antidepressants given last year on the NHS to see we have a problem here. Part of this is due to the time constraints on doctors and pressure on the NHS though. I mean why try go through numerous non-drug therapy sessions to try help the root problem first when you can just give your standard SSRI after a 10 minute consultation and then ask to see them in a months time? Whichever way you look at it though there has to be some change...
OB11 h, 59 m ago

For some people heart burn is (strangely) caused by too little stomach …For some people heart burn is (strangely) caused by too little stomach acid, due to eating a diet that messes up the balance in our gut. So it's worth trying a spoonful of apple cider vinegar, washed down with water, you might find that gives instant relief (triggering the stomach to close off from the oesophagus properly) PLUS it can correct the acid levels in the stomach helping your digestion work properly.


ACV is unproven and a holistic treatment. I definitely wouldn't recommend it. Between 2006-2010 I did a degree in Nutritional Therapy because I was bored with working with computers. I learnt a lot and much of it was wrong, now I participate in trying to find scientifically backed treatments.

ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pub…370

ACV has been studied in treating obesity but only in rats.
fishmaster10 h, 50 m ago

You shouldn't be getting heart burn in the first place. It's almost …You shouldn't be getting heart burn in the first place. It's almost universally accepted that it's normal to get heartburn, it isn't normal. Doctors treat the symptoms not the cause with drugs such as Omiprazole. Not their fault we eat crap and don't look after ourselves and everyone wants a quick fix with a pill.


Exactly.
I've had proper heart burn few years back.
Painful one - so much that I had to stop driving once it kicked in.
In my case it was some sort bacteria - one of the most common, but can't remember the name.

Doctors have done all sort of test (I've given pretty much the same amount of blood for tests as I do for donations) but finally they found out what's wrong with me.
They've given me three antibiotics to take at the same time for two weeks.
Crazy amount of drugs, I've felt like shit, barely could drive a car for over a month.
But finally got rid of heart burn.

Doctors advice was:
Start eat healthy food, cut some coffee.

My advice for everyone who's getting heart burn:
Go to see doctors, every time you getting it as it may lead to cancer.
You my speak to them couple of times to actually get proper treatment, as at the beginning the only give omeprazole.
sandstone11 h, 13 m ago

I dont eat crap,probarly eat better now than ever,never have eaten deep …I dont eat crap,probarly eat better now than ever,never have eaten deep fried stuff normal weight ect.Have started getting silent reflux just recently.So it's not all about diet and lifesyle.Maybe age thing though.


But do you have any caffeine Inc decaff, fizzy, acidic drinks, rich or acidic foods, large meals in the evening, med or tablets Inc vitamins otc, alcohol, nicotine or are you overweight ... I suspect so
fishmaster11 h, 5 m ago

You shouldn't be getting heart burn in the first place. It's almost …You shouldn't be getting heart burn in the first place. It's almost universally accepted that it's normal to get heartburn, it isn't normal. Doctors treat the symptoms not the cause with drugs such as Omiprazole. Not their fault we eat crap and don't look after ourselves and everyone wants a quick fix with a pill.


Spoken by someone who clearly knows nothing about reasons you could be suffering with this. I have a hiatus hernia caused by a very bad cough which now gives me silent reflux, nothing at all to do with eating bad foods or having a bad lifestyle. I'd like nothing more than not to have a 'quick fix' thanks, it's not a choice.
'Heartburn love ?' .
MoneyEyes16 h, 8 m ago

I can't believe it's not Gaviscon..


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