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Health Tip: When Antacids May Not Be Enough

Signs you should see the doctor

(HealthDay News) -- For the occasional bout of heartburn, antacids can provide some relief. But taking antacids day after day isn't a good idea.

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, it's time to stop relying on antacids and see your doctor when you notice these warning signs:

  • Heartburn pain that doesn't improve after taking antacids.
  • Experiencing indigestion symptoms daily.
  • Nausea or vomiting.
  • Bloody stools or very dark stools.
  • Abdominal cramps or bloating.
  • Pain in the back, side or lower abdominal area.
  • Stomachache accompanied by fever.
  • Shortness of breath or chest pain.
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