If this medicine has been ordered by your doctor and if you will be taking it regularly for a long time, your doctor should check your progress at regular visits. This is to make sure the medicine does not cause unwanted effects.
Do not take sodium bicarbonate:
- Within 1 to 2 hours of taking other medicine by mouth. To do so may keep the other medicine from working properly.
- For a long period of time. To do so may increase the chance of side effects.
For patients on a sodium-restricted diet:
- This medicine contains a large amount of sodium. If you have any questions about this, check with your health care professional.
For patients taking this medicine as an antacid:
- Do not take this medicine if you have any signs of appendicitis (such as stomach or lower abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, soreness, nausea, or vomiting). Instead, check with your doctor as soon as possible.
- Do not take this medicine with large amounts of milk or milk products. To do so may increase the chance of side effects.
- Do not take sodium bicarbonate for more than 2 weeks or if the problem comes back often. Instead, check with your doctor. Antacids should be used only for occasional relief, unless otherwise directed by your doctor.