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People seeking to ease acid reflux and digestive discomfort often turn to antacids to neutralize the excess stomach acid responsible for indigestion and some ulcers. There are many types of antacids, and doctors typically nod to their occasional use, but medical experts urge caution for those who reach for them too often due to their potential risks.

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1. Benefits with Risks

Antacids are formulated to soothe heartburn almost immediately by normalizing the pH in the esophagus, stomach, and digestive tract. In some cases, this temporary treatment triggers a boomerang effect called acid rebound. Research suggests that prolonged daily intake of antacids can lead to acid hypersecretion that could last up to several weeks.

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