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As someone whose delicate little stomach is prone to producing more acid than that Owsley bloke from San Francisco, I am very fond of Gaviscon. Yes, despite its dreadful ad with the scary rubber glove of doom going down the heart-burn sufferer's throat, it - and especially the big dry tablets that you have to get in dispensing tubes in the chemist - is a fantastic product that really works.

Or rather it, was.

Because I just got two new tubes and as they proudly announce, they've changed the formula and oh my God, it could just be the most disgusting thing I've ever tasted. It tastes like.....I dunno....dead mint, or something. In fact, I bet literal dead mint tastes better, and I am tempted to go out to the mint plant in the back garden and pick up a few old leaves and eat them, ANYTHING TO GET THIS DISGUSTING TASTE OUT OF MY MOUTH. And the texture! The old tablets were really chalky, but these are....I can't describe it....I could barely get the first tablet down. But hang on, for the sake of your education I'm going to take a tiny nibble from one and describe the sensations AS I EXPERIENCE THEM.

Tiny bit of tablet is now in mouth. I can taste a sort of rotten mint taste. Now I am chewing. It's sort of sticky, yet crunchy, yet dry, and it doesn't seem to be actually, you know, getting chewed up. It's sort of forming a.......freakish gritty rotten-mint-tasting paste. Oh, Christ. Ewwww, it's sticking to my teeth. Oh my Lord, this is horrible. I can't take any more. I'd rather have horrible heart burn than eat another crumb of this vile concoction.

*spits into bin*

*goes off to brush teeth and comes back*

Good God.

So, um, yes, there is a new Gaviscon and it is VILE. And I will never buy it again. And nor should you.

Oh, man, I can still taste it....



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Dec. 12th, 2005 05:49 pm (UTC)
Ewww, that does sound vile.

Have you tried the hilariously-named Rennie Deflatine, by the way? It's intended for RELIEVING THE MISERY OF TRAPPED WIND WITHOUT EMBARRASSMENT (as my friend says, "only if you are unembarrassed by profuse belching"), but it's also very good for indigestion, better than normal Rennies, IMO.
Dec. 12th, 2005 11:48 pm (UTC)
Jesus. That name sounds like it belongs to a minor but splendidly silly "Dr. Who" character.

We have Gas-X over here, and all it does is to let the gas OUT. I'm thinking of getting a charcoal arse-cushion.

Oops, TMI. Sorry. :flees:
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Dec. 12th, 2005 06:01 pm (UTC)
Oooh, no, I haven't - and I have some cider vinegar. How much do you put in how much water?
Dec. 12th, 2005 06:05 pm (UTC)
I think I've already blathered about it on your LJ before, but aloe vera juice does wonders for all kinds of stomach and/or digestive conditions. It comes in various flavors now, but even the plain is not too bad, and you can always mix it in with juice.
Dec. 12th, 2005 06:23 pm (UTC)
Can you get Alka Mints over there? 'Cause I can't stand to eat anything but those when I've got an upset stomach.
Dec. 12th, 2005 06:31 pm (UTC)
Sadly, we can't get them here. Woe!
Dec. 12th, 2005 06:34 pm (UTC)
Can't you learn to swallow the pills without chewing? Swallowing pills whole and dry is my superpower. I am the Deep Throat of pill swallowing. I even break giant German iron/vitamin C fizzy tablets into four and swallow each quarter. Mind you, it makes me feel a little as if I had poured Drano/Mr. Muscle directly into my esophagus, but it is oh so quick and effective and you can do it where there is no water to be had.

Really, I haven't chewed anything since baby aspirin.
Dec. 12th, 2005 06:46 pm (UTC)
It actually specifies that you have to chew them! They are evil.
Dec. 12th, 2005 08:06 pm (UTC)
Ew, yuck. That sounds vile.

I tend to use the Boots or Tesco equivalent of Gaviscon, but the liquid form not the tablets. That works for me fairly well, and it's easier to get rid of the taste. I found that indigestion tablets generally aren't very good for me.
Dec. 12th, 2005 11:47 pm (UTC)
Yeah, looks like they inflicted it on US first and then on Y'All. The liquid kind is equally squick-making; refrigeration mitigates this problem somewhat. However, it also decreases the drug's effectiveness. I live on Pepcid AC now - two a day. If I don't take them like clockwork, I SUFFER.

My condolences.
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