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Andrew's Original Liver Salts

Dr Roger Henderson
Reviewed by Roger HendersonReviewed on 29.04.2024 | 2 minutes read

Andrews original liver salts are a remedy that has been used for over a hundred years. It comes as an effervescent powder that aims to be a fast and effective relief for an upset stomach including symptoms of constipation and indigestion. The medicine contains magnesium sulphate, sodium hydrogen carbonate and citric acid. Together they aim to safely control the level and strength of stomach acid to help resolve an upset stomach. The powder dissolves quickly in water and is easy to take at home, work or on the go.

Who is it for?

This is best described as treating the symptoms of over-indulgence. More specifically, Andrews is recommended as a laxative and antacid for the relief of indigestion. It is suitable for adults and children over the age of 3, making it an option for almost all ages.

How does it work?

Andrews salts contains three key ingredients: Sodium hydrogen carbonate, citric acid and magnesium sulphate.

Sodium hydrogen carbonate works as an antacid in the stomach by neutralising acidity. Citric acid and sodium hydrogen carbonate in combination also relieves discomfort caused by acidity in the stomach. Magnesium sulphate works in the gut by triggering secretion which favours accumulation of water and electrolytes in the gut helping relieve constipation.

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Should anyone avoid taking it?

Patients with intolerances or allergies to any of the ingredients should avoid taking Andrews liver salts. This includes people with high blood pressure (hypertension) and heart or kidney issues.

Because of the sugar content, diabetics should also use with caution. If a laxative is required every day for any longer than 2 weeks, or if there is persistent abdominal pain then you should consult your doctor for advice.

Are there any side-effects?

The main side effect of the medication is diarrhoea, which may occur with extensive usage. Inappropriate frequent or prolonged use in people with severe kidney dysfunction may lead to high magnesium or calcium in the blood which can also cause serious problems.

Occasionally, some people experience a severe allergic reaction to the medication. If you experience any mouth swelling, airway swelling or shortness of breath you should treat this as an emergency and dial 999 for the emergency services.

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Dr Roger Henderson
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Reviewed on 29.04.2024
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