Oral medications taken to neutralize gastric acid. Treatment with antacids alone is symptomatic and only justified for minor symptoms.
Antacids are distinct from acid-reducing drugs like H2-receptor antagonists or proton pump inhibitors, and they do not kill the bacteria Helicobacter pylori. They include magnesium salts, aluminium hydroxide, calcium carbonate, and sodium bicarbonate.
Adapted from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Internet. Accessed on September 18, 2016.