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It is Bad to Pop Antacid Pills Like Candy

If you pop antacid pills regularly, you definitely want to break this habit. First of all, there are many different kinds of antacids with ingredients that, in high doses, can have icky side effects. Some contain calcium, magnesium, or aluminum; overloading the body with these substances can cause constipation or diarrhea. Other antacids have sodium bicarbonate and may not be suited for long-term use by folks with high blood pressure or those watching their salt intake.

Second, antacids work by neutralizing stomach acid to help temporarily relieve heartburn, an upset stomach, or indigestion—

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