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Alka-Seltzer Plus News

In a recent press release by the Food and Drug Administration, Bayer recalled the Alka-Seltzer product out of fear that the ingredients listed on the package might not match the ingredients of the actual product. However, Bayer didn’t voluntarily list the recalled product on its official website and social media account. Therefore, the big question that you should be asking yourself is whether Alka-Seltzer product is safe for your health. FDA noted that the ingredients that were listed on the front of the packaging carton might be different from the ingredients listed at the back of the packaging carton.

Although no injuries were reported, the manufacturer was concerned that the labeling errors might lead to a scenario whereby people take substances that they are allergic to causing harm to their health. Most people use Alka-Seltzer products as an over-the-counter drug that temporarily alleviates common symptoms that are associated with cold and flu such as a cough, fever, congestion, and a running nose. If you have any recalled product, you should stop using it immediately and contact the manufacturer for a refund. You should also see your doctor if you have developed any medical complications that you think may be related to the use of the drug.

Is Alka-Seltzer Safe?

Typically, a single Alka-Seltzer tablet has the same amount of aspirin as a standard 325mg aspirin tablet. Consuming two aspirin tablets every day will increase your risk of stomach ulcers and can also increase the risk of bleeding in general form. Other than alleviating the risk of stomach acid, the antacid contained in the tablet will do the opposite. A single Alka-Seltzer tablet also contains approximately 500mg of sodium which is sufficient to raise your blood pressure beyond the recommended levels.

Although it’s generally safe to take Alka-Seltzer tablets once every month or less, you should be on the lookout for medical complications that may occur as a result of taking the drugs. Today, aspirin is mainly used in low dosages to prevent strokes and heart attacks, but overdosage is discouraged due to the side effects associated with its usage. Aspirin brings down a fever by limiting the production of prostaglandins in your brain. Fever is always associated with overproduction of the hormone in your brain which causes your body temperature to increase. Children who are under the age of 16 years aren’t advised to use Alka-Seltzer products unless it’s a recommendation by a medical doctor.

People who also experience allergies after taking ibuprofen cannot use Alka-Seltzer products. Women who are breastfeeding are also discouraged from using this drug since it can have a significant impact on the baby. People with a history of asthma peptic ulcers and bleeding of the gut cannot use Alka-Seltzer products as well.

What Are the Side Effects of Alka-Seltzer Products

Alka-Seltzer can temporarily relieve common symptoms associated with common cold and flu including but not limited to a runny nose, headaches, sneezing, sinus and nasal congestion, and sore throat. However, using this medication may pose a significant health risk in your life. Some of the leading side effects of Alka-Seltzer products include:

Allergic Reaction

You may experience specific allergic reaction as a result of using this drug. Some of the allergic reactions that you may experience include difficulty in breathing, swelling of the hands and the throat, face, and the lips. If you are experiencing such reactions after using this drug, be sure to seek medical assistance.

Stomach Bleeding

As mentioned earlier, aspirin is a major component of this drug which may cause stomach bleeding. Stomach bleeding may be particularly severe among individuals who drink more than three alcoholic beverages on a day. This is according to the information posted on Alka-Seltzer’s website.

It May Lead Other Medical Complications

Use of Alka-Seltzer products may also lead to other medical complications if you have a history of asthma, prostate problems, heart problems, thyroid problems, high blood pressure, and kidney or liver problems. If you also have sleep apnea or other sleep issues, stroke, adrenal gland problems, blockage of the intestines, stomach, or the bladder, and seizures should avoid this drug.


Use of Alka-Seltzer products may also lead to dizziness and drowsiness according to the information posted on the company’s official website. The manufacturer advises people using this product to avoid operating heavy machinery or driving since it may lead to life-threatening accidents.

Pregnant/ Breastfeeding Infants

Women who are in their third trimester or breastfeeding are discouraged from using the drug since it may harm the unborn baby or the infant. The drug can also affect children under the age of 16. Talk to a medical doctor about the effects of using these drugs if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Have you been affected by the use of Alka-Seltzer product in one way or another? Don’t sit back and suffer in silence. Consider talking to a lawyer to establish whether you have a valid case that requires compensation.

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