Briefly about Gastal
Today the pharmaceutical market offers many drugs that eliminate heartburn, reducing the acidity of gastric juice. Preparations of this group are called antacids. Gastal is one of them. Its composition differs little from other antacid preparations, for example, Almagel and Maalox.
The main active ingredients of the drug are magnesium hydroxide and aluminum hydroxide-magnesium carbonate gel. Two of these components have alkaline properties and neutralize the action of hydrochloric acid in gastric juice. The Gastal effect is achieved quickly. It lasts about two hours. The process of neutralization occurs in the stomach, and its result is insoluble salts of magnesium and aluminum. They almost do not penetrate through the walls of the stomach into the blood, are excreted with feces. In addition, aluminum particles have a protective effect on the gastric mucosa. They envelop the gastric membrane and thus reduce the negative properties of hydrochloric acid. This drug therapists prescribe to patients with food poisoning, ulcers, chronic and acute gastritis.
It should be noted that Gastal, in contrast to other drugs, does not cause constipation. After all, magnesium salts have a laxative property. They dilute the stool masses, which are easier to pass through the intestines. In addition to the positive qualities of the drug, there are also negative ones. With prolonged and frequent administration of the drug, magnesium and aluminum ions are partially absorbed into the blood. And this can cause a negative impact on the fetus and the organism of the expectant mother. Therefore, it is strictly forbidden to prescribe drugs independently.
Gastal and pregnancy
If a doctor prescribed a medicine for heartburn to a pregnant woman, then she did the right thing by contacting a specialist with complaints. The instruction says that when carrying a child, Gastal should be taken only as prescribed by the doctor. Surely the doctor after the examination found a future mother in addition to heartburn and other problems. Maybe heartburn in this case is caused not by the growth of the uterus and the squeezing of the stomach, but by a ulcer or gastritis. It is possible that together with this drug the doctor will appoint others. Do not be shy about asking him about everything that is incomprehensible and asking him to explain the purpose of the medication. Of course, any pregnant woman is interested in how this or that drug affects the fetus. In the case of Gastal, you should know that aluminum as a component of the drug is a danger in pregnancy for the following reasons:
- It weakens the protective functions of the body.
- Is able to slow the development of the fetus.
- It interferes with the normal absorption of iron, which is necessary for the organism of a pregnant woman.
- Partially flushes calcium from the body.
- It can lead to miscarriages in the early stages of pregnancy, premature birth.
Doctors pay special attention to indications and contraindications to the appointment of this medication during pregnancy, because instead of good it can harm the ordinary person, not to mention pregnant women.
Gastal is permitted for reflux-esophagitis, heartburn, pancreatitis, erosions and gastric ulcers, upper intestinal tract, and certain types of diaphragmatic hernias. The drug is contraindicated in Alzheimer's disease, severe kidney damage, hypophosphatemia. Children under 12 years of age, lactating women and pregnant women may be prescribed a medicine only by a doctor and under strict conditions. You can not take it yourself when carrying a child. Any drugs can always find an alternative. And ways to combat heartburn is not so little. The best way is to prevent heartburn in the form of food in fractional portions. At the same time, it is necessary to exclude foods and dishes that irritate the stomach.
You can eliminate the problem and people's means.