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I use it all the time when I run out of Omeprezole (I have a herniated stomach sphincter so it constantly leaks into my esophagus). It works better than any antacid I've ever used, and it's by far the cheapest option available for occasional upset. Long-term heavy usage can lead to issues related to huge amounts of Sodium being added to your diet, though. It's not a permanent solution, but son't be afraid of using it from time to time.

That being said, consult a doctor if you have constant heartburn, because that's usually a symptom of some other problem (like mine) that a professional should look into. If it's self-diagnosed it can be problematic when you don't have the bigger picture looked at, IE you end up aggravating the problem until it gets too serious to easily fix.

On a side note: It also works very well to bring down the acidity in tomato sauces. I use it pinch-by-pinch in my 'from scratch' pizza sauces instead of dumping tons of sugar into it instead. I hate sweet pizza sauce.

Not a bad toothpaste substitute either, if you can stand the taste.
 

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It's actually much better since it's a dilute mixture rather than a big wad of paste. I usually drink 12+ oz with it. It's barely noticeable in that much water.

Still, yeah... It's kinda like fish-flavored salt.
 
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