Every day, millions of consumers rely on over-the-counter (OTC) antacids to treat symptoms associated with heartburn, acid indigestion, and sour stomach. These medicines, which have been used for over 80 years, provide safe and effective relief when taken according to the label; side effects associated with their use are very rare.
The FDA Drug Safety Communication advising consumers to be aware of bleeding risk with use of over-the-counter (OTC) antacid products containing aspirin serves as an important reminder that consumers should always read and follow Drug Facts label carefully when selecting OTC medicines.
When choosing an antacid to treat symptoms to relieve heartburn, acid indigestion, and sour stomach, the Drug Facts label will help consumers identify if the medicine also contains aspirin and risk factors that may increase the risk of bleeding.
We encourage consumers to discuss any questions they have with a healthcare provider. Additionally, the CHPA Educational Foundation’s website KnowYourOTCs.org offers an interactive Drug Facts label that breaks down each section to guide consumers with selecting OTC medicines.
For more information, read the FDA’s Drug Safety Communication.