June 7th, 2016|
The FDA has renewed its warning for consumers who use Alka-Seltzer® and other aspirin-containing antacid products of an increased risk of serious bleeding. These popular products currently already contain warnings for serious bleeding side effects, but the FDA has continued to receive numerous reports of this safety issue.
Aspirin is a commonly used pain and fever reducer that can increase the risk of bleeding in areas such as the stomach and gastrointestinal tract. Over-the-counter aspirin-antacid products are sold under many names, the most popular being Alka-Seltzer in addition to Bromo Seltzer®, Medique Medi-Seltzer®, Picot® Plus Effervescent, and others.
Warnings for serious bleeding were first added to these products in 2009, all of which contain NSAIDEs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug) such as aspirin. However, eight new cases of serious bleeding associated with these medications were reported to the FDA after the warnings were added.
Risk factors for bleeding when taking aspirin-containing antacid products include:
- Are 60 years or older
- Have a history of stomach ulcers or bleeding problems
- Take a blood-thinning or steroid medicine
- Take other medicines containing NSAIDs such as ibuprofen or naproxen
- Drink three or more alcoholic drinks every day
Taking more of these medicines than the amount recommended or for a longer period than recommended will increase the risk of serious bleeding.
If you experienced adverse side effects from Alka-Seltzer or other aspirin-containing antacid products, report them to the FDA MedWatch program here.