Gaviscon Advance Suspension

Gaviscon Advance Oral Suspension.

Sodium alginate and potassium hydrogen carbonate.

Read all of this leaflet carefully because it contains important information for you

This medicine is available without prescription. However, you still need to take this medicine carefully to get the best results from it..

•    Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.

•    Ask your pharmacist if you need more information or advice.

   You must contact a doctor if your symptoms worsen or do not improve after 7 days.

•    If you get any side-effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.

In this leaflet:

1.    What is Gaviscon Advance and what is it used for?

2.    Before taking this medicine.

3.    How to take this medicine.

4.    Possible side effects.

5.    How to store this medicine.

6.    Further information.

1.    What is this medicine and what is it used for?

Gaviscon Advance belongs to a group of medicines called "reflux suppressants".

This product forms a protective layer that floats on top of the stomach contents. This layer prevents reflux and keeps the stomach contents away from the lining of the food pipe to relieve the symptoms of heartburn and acid indigestion.

This medicine is used for the treatment of symptoms of gastro-oesophageal reflux such as acid regurgitation, heartburn and indigestion (related to reflux), for example, following meals, or during pregnancy, or in patients with symptoms related to reflux oesophagitis.

2.    What you need to know before you take this medicine Do not take Gaviscon Advance:

- If you know you are allergic (hypersensitive) to any of the ingredients of Gaviscon Advance (see ‘Further Information’ for a full list of ingredients).

Take special care with Gaviscon Advance:

This medicine contains sodium (4.6 mmol per 10 ml), potassium (2.0 mmol per 10 ml) and calcium.

-If you have been advised to follow a diet restricted in any of these please consult your doctor before taking this product.

-Please also talk to your doctor regarding these salt contents if you suffer or have suffered from significant kidney or heart disease, as certain salts could interfere with these diseases.

Taking other medicines:

Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained without prescription

Pregnancy and breast-feeding:

You can take this product if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.

Important information about some of the ingredients of Gaviscon Advance:

This product contains methyl (E218) and propyl (E216) para-hydroxybenzoates which may cause allergic reactions (possibly delayed).

Driving and using machines:

This medicine has no influence on the ability to drive and use machines.

3. How to take this medicine

Check that the cap seal is unbroken before first using this product.

Shake well before use.

Adults including the elderly and children 12 years and over: 5-10 ml (one to two 5mL spoonfuls) after meals and at bedtime.

Children under 12 years: Should only be taken on medical advice.

If you forget a dose it is not necessary to double the dose next time, just carry on taking as before.

If you take too much of this product you may feel bloated. It is unlikely to cause you any harm, but please consult your doctor or pharmacist if this doesn’t go away.

If symptoms persist after 7 days consult your doctor.

4. Possible side-effects

Very rarely (less than 1 in 10,000 patients) there is a chance of an allergic reaction to the ingredients. Symptoms of this may include skin rash, itching, difficulty breathing, dizziness or swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat. If you experience these or any other side effects stop taking the product and consult your doctor immediately.

Reporting of side effects

If you get any side effects talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. Y ou can also report side effects directly via the yellow card scheme By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.

5. How to store this medicine

Do not use this product after the expiry date (EXP: month/year) shown ■ Use within 6 months of opening ■ Keep out of the reach and sight of children ■ Do not refrigerate ■ Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required. These measures will help to protect the environment.

6. Contents of the pack and other information What this product contains:

Each 10 ml of oral suspension contains 1000 mg sodium alginate and 200 mg potassium hydrogen carbonate as the active ingredients. The other ingredients are calcium carbonate, carbomer, methyl (E218) and propyl (E216) parahydroxybenzoates, sodium saccharin, sodium hydroxide, aniseed flavour derived from fennel and purified water. This product does not contain sugar or gluten.

What this product looks like and contents of the pack

Gaviscon Advance is available in bottles of 150 ml, 300 ml or 500 ml only from the pharmacy.

Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer:    Reckitt Benckiser

Healthcare (UK) Limited, Hull, HU8 7DS.

Export Distributors: Reckitt & Colman (Overseas) Limited, Hull, HU8 7DS.

This leaflet was last revised in: February 2014