Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is alginate?

Alginate is a component extracted from brown seaweed.

2. What is an antacid?

A type of medicine that is alkaline in nature and works by neutralising excess acid.

3. Is Gaviscon suitable for use during pregnancy?

Alginate Compounds are highly effective and suitable to use during pregnancy and whilst breastfeeding. These include Gaviscon Original & Gaviscon Advance. This is because they act physically rather than entering the bloodstream.


Medicines can affect the unborn baby. Always talk to your doctor before taking any medicine in pregnancy.

4. Is Gaviscon suitable for children?

Gaviscon Original & Gaviscon Advance is suitable for children over the age of 12.

Children under 12 years, should be given only on medical advice.

5. Can you suffer from both heartburn and indigestion?

Yes, you can suffer from both conditions. In fact 73% of people suffer from heartburn and indigestion interchangeably.

6. What is Gastro-oesophageal reflux?

Movement of stomach acid back up into the oesophagus. 

7. What is Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD)?

It is a condition caused by gastro-oesophageal reflux (also known as GERD - utilising the American spelling 'esophagus'). Symptoms include those of heartburn and regurgitation. It is often associated with weakening of the muscle which controls entry of food into the stomach.