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How safe are drugs that neutralize or reduce stomach acid for children?

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These drugs usually are very safe. At high doses, antacids can cause some side effects, such as diarrhea. Taking very high doses of Maalox or Mylanta for a long time may raise your chances for rickets (thinning of the bones).

Side effects from medications that inhibit the production of stomach acid are uncommon. A small number of children may develop some sleepiness when they take nizatadine, Pepcid, or Tagamet.

SOURCES: The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse. American Association of Family Physicians. Medscape.



Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on April 23, 2020

SOURCES: The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse. American Association of Family Physicians. Medscape.



Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on April 23, 2020

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