Mylanta Recall and Possible Natural Alternatives for Indigestion

2010-12-02 17:18

It may be enough to give you indigestion: there is another pharmaceutical recall, this time by Johnson & Johnson-Merck Consumer Pharmaceuticals, Co. for the antacids Mylanta® liquid and AlternaGEL® liquid products. Whenever there is a recall of medications, some people think about possible natural alternatives.

(See an updated article [November 10, 2013] on “Mylanta Alternatives, Natural Remedies for Indigestion” for the latest information on some of the natural ways to manage indigestion.)

Natural indigestion treatments are an option

If your medicine cabinet has any of the 13 Mylanta or AlternaGEL products being recalled (see the list here), you can continue to use the medication, according to the Mylanta website. The recall is underway because the labels on these products do not note the presence of alcohol from flavoring agents. Some flavoring agents contribute a minute amount (less than 1 percent) of alcohol, and although this amount is unlikely to cause any alcohol sensitivity or absorption related problems, Johnson & Johnson is recalling the products to update the labeling.

Mylanta and AlternaGEL are over-the-counter medications used to treat indigestion, gas, heartburn, and bloating. Several natural remedies are promoted by complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) advocates, including ginger, turmeric, baking soda, peppermint, and rosemary, even though there is little scientific evidence to support these claims.

However, this does not mean such alternative measures are not effective for some people and therefore may be worth trying (after talking with a healthcare professional, of course). Such remedies may be as accessible as your kitchen, but they are also found in health and natural food stores, nutrition centers, pharmacies, grocery stores, and on the internet in formulas containing one or more natural ingredients.


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After reading this I now realize that alternative substitutes are always preferable from Mylanta, but it's probably much better to improve diet to prevent heartburn.