Alka-Seltzer is an effervescent antacid and analgesic combination which was developed by Maurice Treener; a head chemist at Dr. Miles Medicine Company. It was launched way back in 1931 and is marketed as a relief to several ailments or discomforts such as hangovers, indigestion, sour stomach, minor aches, heartburn, headache, inflammation and general pains. It also neutralizes excess stomach acid. Alka-Seltzer is currently owned by Bayer Schering Pharma AG, Germany and has since been extended to include a whole line of medications which can be purchased over the counter and are taken in the form of tablets which rapidly dissolve in water to form a carbonated solution.
Alka-seltzer is a combination of sodium bicarbonate, aspirin (Acetylsalicylic acid), and citric acid. The aspirin usually works to help in the relief of headaches and muscle pains; common discomforts normally associated with hangovers. Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and citric acid are a weak base and a weak acid; when you mix these two, you end up with a buffer solution which works well to stabilize the pH. It also does buffer the effects of Aspirins acidity on the stomach lining. With the help of acetic acid, Sodium bicarbonate does dissociate in water into sodium hydroxide which is a base and carbon dioxide which causes the popular fizzing effect. In simple terms, Aspirin the analgesic works by inhibiting several different chemical processes within the body which cause inflammation and pain while the antacid works by relieving symptoms and neutralizing stomach acid.
Many people who suffer from hangovers usually complain of headaches, stomach discomforts and muscle pains. Alka Seltzer hangover treatment has been proven to relieve muscle pains and act as a buffer solution which helps to stabilize the pH level of the stomach and also protect the stomach lining from further acidic attack which may have been brought about by excessive intake of alcohol the previous day. Many, people who opt for Alka Seltzer hangover treatment have positive reports about its efficiency with most of them lauding how fast the medication acts on their hangover. This fast reaction can be directly attributed to the highly soluble nature of the tablets.
It should be noted though that because it has aspirin, Alka Seltzer hangover treatment is not ideal for everyone because there are people who are sensitive or allergic to aspirin and may therefore react badly to this particular medication. It is therefore important to ensure that you are not allergic to aspirin before taking this particular medication for any particular reason.
As earlier mentioned, Alka Seltzer is an over the counter drug and can therefore be purchased from any pharmacist nearby. Care though should be taken when using these tablets so as to avoid instances of misuse. Taking these tablets in high doses or for a long time does increase the risk of experiencing unfavorable side effects. It is also worth mentioning that these tablets should not be chewed or swallowed; place the tablet in a glass and then add 120ml or four ounces of cold water and then allow the tablet to completely dissolve then drink all the contents of the glass. You should then rinse the container with some additional water and drink the contents so as to ensure you have taken the entire dosage of your Alka Seltzer hangover treatment.
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