What is Sodium Bicarbonate?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Sodium bicarbonate is an antacid and electrolyte supplement used for various reasons including gastric hyperacidity, treatment of hyperkalemia and management of overdose of certain drugs. As an antacid it is available as an over the counter product but other uses require a prescription.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Kidney transplant 5 3
General health 2 0
Treat side effects of another treatment 2 0
Acid reflux 1 1
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 1 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 0
Mild 0
None 13

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Sodium Bicarbonate

Side effect Patients
Upset stomach 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Sodium Bicarbonate

Dosage Patients
2 tablet(s) twice daily 1
2,560 mg twice daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Sodium Bicarbonate

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 4
Course of treatment ended 3
Did not seem to work 2
Other 2
See all 10 patients who've stopped taking Sodium Bicarbonate

Duration

Currently taking Sodium Bicarbonate

Duration Patients
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 1

Stopped taking Sodium Bicarbonate

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 2
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 10
Usually 0
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 3
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 1
Not at all hard to take 12
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 3
Not specified 10

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Sodium Bicarbonate after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Sodium Bicarbonate-Sodium Citrate 1
Last updated:
There are no evaluations for Sodium Bicarbonate.