Betaine HCl with Pepsin and MucoSave® can help alleviate occasional heartburn and indigestion by acidifying the stomach, activating the digestive process and soothing the stomach lining.* MucoSave® contains a patented combination of different extracts of prickly pear cactus (Opuntia ficus indica) and olive leaves (Olea europaea), providing a gentle soothing effect. The recommended adult dosage for Betaine HCl with Pepsin and MucoSave® is 1 or 2 capsules with meals up to 3 times daily. For best results, try the HCl challenge method:
• Begin by taking 1 capsule at a meal. If this does not aggravate your symptoms, progressively increase your dosage by 1 capsule per meal, so long as the meal is the same size. (One at the next meal, two at the meal after that, then three at the next meal.)
• Continue to increase the dosage until you are either taking 7 capsules at once or feeling warmth in your stomach, whichever occurs first. A feeling of warmth in the stomach means that you have taken too many capsules, and you need to take one less tablet for a meal that size. It is a good idea to try the larger dose again at another meal to make sure that it was the HCl that caused the warmth and not something else.
• After you have found your proper dosage for large meals, maintain that at all of meals of similar size, taking less at smaller meals. • When taking a number of capsules, it is best to take them throughout the meal.
• As your stomach begins produce more HCl on its own, you will notice the warm feeling again and will have to decrease your dosage accordingly. Safety: Do not take HCl on an empty stomach. Consult a health care practitioner prior to use if suffering from active peptic ulcer, during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Keep out of reach of children.