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  • Q: Why are the tablets so sticky and gummy when chewed? Couldn’t you have made them easier to chew and swallow?
    A: Unfortunately, that’s the nature of sodium alginate and that is what makes it effective against acid reflux. We could make Refluxly less chewy, but then we’d have to use less of the sodium alginate and calcium. Calcium increases the strength of the raft so we made sure to put the proper amount. In fact, we have three times as much Calcium as one popular competitor's product. It is not necessary to chew the Refluxly tablets a long time; a quick 5 second chewing accompanied with drinking water to get the tablets down will suffice. We suspect that the reason why competing products don’t list out their exact amount of active ingredients is because they are not using the dosage specified in the clinical research studies and have sacrificed effectiveness for palatability. Hence, why they hide behind jargon such as “proprietary complex”. We want to be as transparent as possible with our ingredients and tell our customers exactly what ingredients they are consuming. Ultimately, you have to ask yourself if a little inconvenience of having the Refluxly tablets be sticky is worth it for having a product that works properly and is based on clinical research. We think the tradeoff is worth it when considering your most precious resource is at stake - your health. The take away message we tell people is "if it's not sticking to your teeth, it's not working".
  • Q: Since the tablets are sticky and gummy when chewed, I find that I sometimes need more than 8 ounces of water to get it all down. Is that ok? Will it be less effective?
    A: Though in our testing most people felt that 8 ounces of water was enough to swallow the tablets after chewing them, it is fine if you feel you need to drink a bit more. The tablets won’t lose their effectiveness. The alginate raft will still float to the top.
  • Q: Why can’t I just swallow the tablets? Why do I need to chew them?
    A: Chewing the tablets allows the alginate and bicarbonate to mix and triggers the raft forming mechanism. Just swallowing the tablets will not result in optimal raft formation. Also, as the tablets are quite large, there is a risk that tablets could get stuck in the throat and pose a choking hazard. For these reasons, we require that the tablets be chewed.
  • Q: Is Refluxly safe to take during pregnancy?
    A: Yes the non-systemic nature of the ingredients used in Refluxly make it safe for use while pregnant. From the literature on alginate use during pregnancy, no particular risks have been shown to date for both the mother and unborn baby when alginate had been administered during all the pregnancy trimesters. Source: Quartarone G. Gastroesophageal reflux in pregnancy: a systematic review on the benefit of raft forming agents. Minerva Ginecol. 2013 Oct;65(5):541-9. PMID: 24096290.
  • Q: What is the actual amount of sodium alginate, calcium carbonate, and potassium bicarbonate in Refluxly?
    A: Because of legal requirements for the Supplement Facts label we had to list the amount of Sodium, Calcium, and Potassium on the label. These ingredients are derived from (for a 2 tablet serving size): 1050 mg of Sodium Alginate, 682.5 mg of Calcium Carbonate, and 210 mg of Potassium Bicarbonate.
  • Q: Can I take Refluxly with other medications?
    A: It is best not to take Refluxly and other medications or supplements at the same time. You can take other medications or supplements 2 hours before Refluxly or 4 hours after Refluxly. The alginate raft that forms can last up to 4 hours.
  • Q: Can I eat or drink after taking Refluxly?
    A: Though it is best not to eat or drink after taking Refluxly, you still can without any harm. The alginate raft that forms has a foamy gel-like consistency and food or liquid will pass through it with the assistance of peristalsis and gravity.
  • Q: What happens to the alginate raft after it dissolves?
    A: The alginate raft will simply be digested.
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