Heartburn Signs
& Symptoms
  • A sour taste in the mouth
  • A persistent dry cough
  • Hoarseness
  • Sore throat
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Heartburn is a feeling of burning or pulsating pain in your chest, and is a symptom
    of your stomach acid traveling back up your esoph agus toward
    your throat
  • People experience heartburn after eating specific foods or drinking
    certain drinks
  • In some people they are born with a stomach that produces exces sive
    stomach acid, causing the symptoms of heartburn

If heartburn is severe or is accompanied with additional symptoms such as shortness of
breath, or pain that radiates into your arms or neck, you could be experiencing a
serious cardiovascular event that requires immediate medical attention.
If your heartburn symptoms occur more than twice a week you should see your health-care
professional to make sure no serious problems are present.

What causes heartburn?
The esophagus (the tube that connects your mouth to the stomach) has a tight band of
muscles at the lower end (lower esophageal sphincter [LES]) that closes after the food
enters the stomach and prevents the stomach contents to reenter the esophagus. If this
sphincter weakens or relaxes at the wrong time, stomach acid can back up into the
esophagus, causing heartburn.

The usual symptom of heartburn is a burning sensation in the chest. It can be
accompanied by:

  • A sour taste in the mouth
  • A sour taste at the back of the throat, or
  • A feeling of food being stuck in the throat

Foods and beverages that can cause Heartburn:
  • Alcohol can relax the lower esophageal sphincter
  • Coffee and orange or other acidic juices are some of the beverages that can
    worsen or trigger heartburn
  • Fatty foods, fried foods, and some acidic foods (oranges, grapefruits, tomatoes) as
    well as spicy foods can cause heartburn

Every person reacts somewhat differently to specific food groups. To track what foods
worsen your symptoms, keep a food journal. In this journal, you should keep track of
what you eat, the time you ate, any activity that worsened or made the heartburn better,
and indicate which days you have heartburn symptoms. Over time, you will be able to
correlate the offending foods with heartburn events. Print this and take this with you
to your next doctor’s appointment to discuss possible causes of heartburn you may be
experiencing.

How does Melox work to stop your heartburn?

There are medications that block the production of stomach acid and there are
medications that neutralize the excess amount of stomach acid that is produced in the
stomach. Melox neutralizes the excess stomach acid. It acts like a sponge to absorb the
extra stomach acid and relieve your heartburn.
Melox works quicker than the medicine that block the production of stomach acid,
providing quick relief of your heartburn symptoms!

Reflux

GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease) is a chronic and more serious form of heartburn.

Common signs and symptoms of GERD include:

  • A burning sensation in your chest (heartburn), usually after eating, which might be
    worse at night
  • Sporadic chest pain usually after eating
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Vomiting
  • It feels like food is stuck in your throat

If you have nighttime acid reflux, you might also experience:

  • Chronic cough
  • Laryngitis(inflammation of the voice box)
  • New or worsening asthma
  • Insomnia-Disrupted sleep

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) occurs when stomach acid frequently flows back
into the esophagus (the tube that connects your mouth to the stomach) This backwash
(acid reflux) can irritate the lining of your esophagus.
It’s quite common for people to experience reflux occassionally. GERD is considered mild
if you experience acid reflux at least twice a week. GERD is considered moderate to
severe if your acid reflux occurs at least once a week.

Risk factors that can cause GERD:
  • Obesity
  • Hiatal hernia
  • Pregnancy
  • Smoking
  • Eating large meals or eating late at night
  • Eating certain foods (triggers) such as fatty or fried foods
  • Drinking certain beverages, such as alcohol or coffee
  • Taking certain medications, such as aspirin

How does Melox stop your GERD?

Melox is a fast acting liquid antacid that works by directly counteracting the acidity
inside your stomach. The presence of these acids is natural in the stomach because they
work to help digest food. The stomach is the only part of your digestive tract that is
designed to withstand this type of acid. When the stomach contents come back up into the
esophagus, it causes heartburn because your esophagus is not built to withstand acidity,
especially over a prolonged period of time. Melox neutralizes these acids, so the
esophageal lining is less exposed to stomach acids.

Stomach Upset-Overeating

The human stomach holds approximately one liter of food. If you over eat, which most
people do, your stomach can expand to hold up to four liters of food. When the stomach
expands to accommodate this additional volume of food/drink you feel bloated and may
experience stomach upset.
When the stomach expands it pushes up against your diaphragm causing shortness of breath
or labored breathing.
Pain in the upper or lower abdomen, nausea, belching, “gas” pains, and feeling bloated
are all symptoms that can occur as a result of overeating.
Since the volume of food/drink you have in your stomach is too much to handle, your
stomach begins to produce more acid to help digest the food. This extra acid production
may weaken or relax the (lower esophageal sphincter [LES]) which is a tight band of
muscles at the lower end of the stomach that prevents food from travelling back up the
stomach and toward the throat. If the LES starts to not work properly stomach acid
begins to travel through the esophagus(the tube that connects your mouth to the
stomach).

How does Melox work to relieve stomach upset?

Melox is a fast acting liquid antacid that works to neutralize the excess stomach acid
that was produced as a result of the large meal that was eaten which will protect the
esophagus from the stomach acid. The esophagus can not handle the stomach acid. Also,
Melox contains simethicone which helps to reduce flatulence or gas that is often
experienced when you over eat.

Melox is a fast acting liquid antacid that works to neutralize your stomach acid and
relieve; heartburn, reflux, and stomach upset! Medications that block.

Melox Uses:

Use this remedy to relieve the following symptoms:

  • Heartburn
  • Acid indigestion
  • Sour stomach
  • Upset stomach due to these symptoms
  • Pressure and bloating commonly referred to as gas
  • Overindulgence in food and drink

Directions:

Shake well before each use. Adults and children 12 years and older: take 2 to 4 teaspoonfuls between meals, at bedtime, or as directed by a doctor. Do not take more than 24 teaspoonfuls in 24 hours or use the maximum dosage for more than 2 weeks. Children under 12: ask a doctor.

Active ingredients:

Active ingredients (in each 5 mL dose) Purposes
Aluminum hydroxide (equivalent to dried gel, USP) 200 mg Antacid
Magnesium hybroxide 200 mg Antacid
Simethicone 20 mg Anti-gas

Inactive ingredients:

Benzyl alcohol, butylparaben, carboxymethylcellulose sodium, flavor (contains alcohol), hypromellose, microcrystalline cellulose, propylparaben, purified water,
saccharin sodium, sorbitol solution.

Other information:

Each 5 mL teaspoonful contains:
Magnesium 85 mg, sodium 3 mg.
Store at room temperature.
Protect from freezing.
Keep tightly closed

Melox Drug Interactions:

Melox is not recommended for people with kidney disease or high blood calcium levels. Melox may also interact with thyroid medications.