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Antacids are widely used in the treatment of gastric and duodenal ulcers. Both patients and physicians may not be awared of possible harm due to the presence of high levels of sodium salts in these drugs; the cases of weight gain and edema have been reported in Western literatures. This study aimed to estimate sodium levels in various antacid preparations obtained from the market and from hospitals in Bangkok. Number of these preparations contained very high level of sodium. These preliminary data indicate that number of antacid preparations in the market may have too high sodium level and may not be safe to the patients, especially to patients who require salt restriction.
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