Sodium Alginate & Potassium Bicarbonate
Gelid® is a combined preparation of sodium alginate & potassium bicarbonate. This acts as an Anti-regurgitant agent. On ingestion the suspension or chewable tablet reacts with gastric acid to rapidly form a raft of alginic acid gel having a near-neutral pH which floats on the stomach contents effectively impeding gastro-oesophageal reflux for up to 4 hours, and protecting the oesophagus from acid, pepsin and bile. In severe cases the raft itself may be refluxed into the oesophagus in preference to the stomach contents and exert a demulcent effect. In addition in vitro evidence has shown that the raft has a secondary action and is able to entrap bile and pepsin within it structure, further protecting the oesophagus from these gastric components.