- Drug Name: Antacids
- Common Name: Various common names
- Drug Type: Antacids
- Used For: Acid reflux, Peptic ulcers, Kidney failure, Heartburn
- Species: Dogs, Cats
- Administered: Oral liquids, capsules
- FDA Approved: No
Antacids are used to reduce the acidity in the digestive tract by increasing the pH to a more basic level. It is used to treat symptoms associated with heartburn, acid reflux, and peptic ulcers. Some antacids may be effective in pets with kidney failure to reduce the amount of phosphate in the blood.
How It Works
Acidity in your pet’s digestive tract increases when acetylcholine, histamine, and gastrin stimulate cells in the stomach wall to release hydrochloric acid. Antacids neutralize the acid molecules, increasing the pH in your pet’s body and reducing the stomach irritation caused by the acid.
Store in a tightly sealed container at room temperature unless otherwise noted on the drug label.
Give the dose as soon as possible. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose, and continue with the regular schedule. Do not give your pet two doses at once.
Side Effects and Drug Reactions
Antacids may result in these side effects:
- Loose stools with magnesium compounds
- Constipation with aluminum or calcium compounds
- Lack of appetite
Antacids may react with these drugs:
- Valproic acid
USE CAUTION WHEN ADMINISTERING THIS DRUG TO PREGNANT OR LACTATING PETS
USE CAUTION WHEN ADMINISTERING THIS DRUG TO PETS WITH KIDNEY DISEASE - Long term use of aluminum or calcium compounds can cause damge to the kidneys. Antacids containing magnesium should not be used in pets with kidney failure.