Plop, Plop, Fizz, Fizz- and You Can Be a Workout Whiz

August 2, 2002

When patients cite muscle pain and discomfort as an excuse for not exercising regularly, suggest they try an approach that athletes use. Taking Alka-Seltzer after working out can make muscle-building less painful. Alka-Seltzer contains sodium bicarbonate and aspirin; the sodium bicarbonate alkalinizes the lactic acid produced by the muscles during exertion, and the aspirin helps ease the pain while the kidneys flush the toxins.

When patients cite muscle pain anddiscomfort as an excuse for not exercisingregularly, suggest they try anapproach that athletes use. TakingAlka-Seltzer after working out canmake muscle-building less painful.Alka-Seltzer contains sodium bicarbonateand aspirin; the sodiumbicarbonate alkalinizes the lactic acidproduced by the muscles duringexertion, and the aspirin helps easethe pain while the kidneys flush thetoxins. Do not recommend this useof Alka-Seltzer to patients who areallergic to any of its ingredients, orto those with kidney problems.
- Debra M. Monde, DO
  Abilene, Tex