To the Editor: Antacids, when taken appropriately, are as effective as cimetidine in healing duodenal ulcers.1 Many believe that antacids are the drug of choice in treating acute“acid-peptic”symptoms, esophageal reflux, and peptic-ulcer disease in children and pregnant or nursing women. Perhaps the major disadvantage of this safe and effective therapy is that antacids are seldom taken as directed.2 Clinical and personal experience suggests that the unpleasant taste of many antacid preparations is an important cause of poor compliance. We have therefore devised a system for evaluating the taste of antacids, with the hope of identifying the most palatable. . .
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