Antacids Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Antacids market has been segmented by Formulation Type (Tablet, Powder, and Others), Distribution Channel (Hospital Pharmacies, E-Commerce, and Others), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa, and South America). The report offers the value (in USD million) for the above segments.

Market Snapshot

Study Period: 2018 - 2026
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 3.7 %

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Market Overview

The antacids market is expected to register a CAGR of 3.7% over the forecast period.

The COVID-19 pandemic is expected to have a significant impact on the Antacids market. According to the research article published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, 2020, a retrospective, propensity-matched observational study of consecutive COVID-19-positive patients between February 24, 2020, and May 13, 2020, was conducted to compare outcomes in patients hospitalized with coronavirus receiving famotidine therapy with those not receiving famotidine. The results from the study revealed that the use of Famotidine (which is used in treating symptoms of acid reflux and heartburn), in hospitalized COVID-19 patients was found to be associated with a lower risk of mortality, lower risk of the combined outcome of mortality, and intubation, and lower levels of serum markers for severe disease in hospitalized patients with COVID-19. Hence, the increasing studies related to the use of antacids in treating COVID-19 are expected to impact the studied market growth over the forecast period.

The propelling factors for the growth of the antacids market include the growing geriatric population suffering from Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), poor lifestyle choices leading to higher incidences of acidity, and side effects of drugs like non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs.

According to a United Nations World Ageing 2019 report, in 2019, there were around 703 million people aged 65 years or over in the global population. This number is projected to double to 1.5 billion in 2050. Globally, the share of the population aged 65 years or over increased from 6% in 1990 to 9% in 2019, and 65% of the geriatric population has to deal with acid reflux. This acts as one of the major factors boosting the antacid market globally. There has been an increase in the geriatric population and this is one of the most favorable growth factors for the antacids market as the demographic is highly vulnerable to peptic ulcers and gastroesophageal reflux disorders.

In the elderly population, the acidic complications recurrent infrequently, which makes it a unique challenge for both the primary care provider and the gastroenterologist. In addition, such patients often suffer from several symptomatic disorders, such as erosive esophagitis, Barrett esophagus, and esophageal cancer, in which a combination of therapies are used for the treatment and the use of antacids significantly rises in such cases.

In addition, there is also growth in e-commerce that is likely to augment the demand for antacids through online retailing channels over the next few years. Therefore, the rising popularity of e-commerce and surge in the number of online medicine providers are expected to positively impact the market's overall growth. However, the growing number of alternatives available in the market to antacids and the ignorance of people towards the symptoms of acidity is expected to have a negative impact on the market growth.

Scope of the Report

As per the scope of the report, antacids are widely available medication used for slowing heartburn, sore stomach, acid indigestion, and stomach upset. It is helpful in protecting the stomach, duodenum, and esophagus from harsh acids released while eating foods. The antacids generally do not require a prescription, in other words, they are self-prescribed. Therefore, they provide quick relief from heartburn, which is a major symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease and indigestion. The Antacids market has been segmented by Formulation Type (Tablet, Powder, and Others), Distribution Channel (Hospital Pharmacies, E-Commerce, and Others), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa, and South America). The report offers the value (in USD million) for the above segments.

By Formulation Type
By Distribution Channel
Hospital Pharmacies
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Middle East and Africa
South Africa
Rest of Middle East and Africa
South America
Rest of South America

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Key Market Trends

The Tablet Sub-Segment, by Formulation Type, is Expected to be the Major Contributor to the Market Over the Forecast Year

The presence of a variety of chewable tablets in the market with different flavors that help to improve patient adherence to the medication is expected to contribute to the growth of the segment. Tablets also provide the correct amount of dosage to the patients and they are easy to store. These factors can be attributed to the segment growth over the forecast period. Tablets are the most widely used solid dosage forms as it is the cheapest oral dosage form, and easy to handle, use and carry. Additionally, the growing geriatric population is expected to drive the market growth as the elderly population is more prone to gastrointestinal disorders. According to the data from the World Population Prospects, 2019 revision, by 2050, one in six people in the world may be over the age of 65 years (16%), an increase from one in 11 in 2019 (9%), globally. Furthermore, the major market players are focusing on Research and Development activities, to bring new and reliable products to the market, and are also focusing on product launches.​ For instance, in January 2019, Dr Reddy’s laboratories launched generic omeprazole delayed-release tablets for the treatment of heartburn in the United States. Also, In April 2018, Perrigo launched a new, orally disintegrating omeprazole tablet for the treatment of frequent heartburn. Thus, owing to the above-mentioned factors, the market studied is expected to grow significantly.

Number of persons aged 60 or above(millions), by Country, 2017

North America Holds the Major market and is Expected to Follow a Similar Trend over the Forecast Period

The North American Antacids market is expected to grow significantly due to the growing geriatric population and lifestyle changes leading to gastrointestinal problems among the American population. Also, the growing trend toward self-medication in North American countries such as the United States is increasing the demand for over-the-counter digestive products, such as antacids. Antacids are the most common over-the-counter products purchased in the United States. Some of the antacid brands in the country include Nexium 24 hour, Prilosec OTC, Zantac 150, and Tums. According to the study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, in 2018, out of 71,812 individuals who participated in the survey, 61% reported having more than one Gastrointestinal symptom in the given week. The most reported symptom is heartburn/reflux. Similarly, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2018 statistics, the total number of adults diagnosed with ulcers in the United States found to be 14.8 million. The number of population with ulcers is proportional to the population suffering from GERD. Additionally, according to the research article published in StatPearls, 2021, GERD is one of the most common gastrointestinal disorders, with a prevalence of approximately 20% of adults in western countries and the estimated prevalence of GERD in the United States was between 18.1% to 27.8%. Thus, owing to the high prevalence of gastrointestinal disorders and increasing awareness of Over-the-Counter antacids for self-medication among the American population is expected to help in the significant growth of the studied market in the region over the forecast period.

Antacids Market - Growth Rate by Region

Competitive Landscape

The Antacids market is moderately competitive and the overall market faces intense competition over the forecast period due to the presence of multinational players and small to medium-sized companies entering into the market. The major players of the studied market are Johnson and Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline plc, Sanofi S.A., Bayer AG, and Sun Pharmaceuticals Ltd among others. The key players have adopted strategies such as strategic acquisitions, collaborations, and partnerships, that will help them expand their geographical presence and will strengthen their business position as well.

Recent Developments

In October 2020, Dr. Reddy's laboratories re-launched the over-the-counter (OTC) Famotidine Tablets USP, 10 mg and 20 mg in the United States market.

In March 2020, Lupin launched the authorized generic for Horizon Therapeutics PLC's Vimovo (naproxen/esomeprazole magnesium) delayed-release tablets in the United States. The product is a combination of naproxen, and esomeprazole magnesium, in which naproxen is used for symptomatic relief of arthritis and esomeprazole magnesium to decrease the risk of developing naproxen-associated gastric ulcers.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

      1. 4.2.1 Growing Geriatric Population Suffering from Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

      2. 4.2.2 Poor Lifestyle Choices Leading to Higher Incidences of Acidity

      3. 4.2.3 Side Effects of Drugs like Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

      1. 4.3.1 Ignorance of People towards Symptoms of Acidity

      2. 4.3.2 Side Effects Related to Antacids like Acid Rebound

      3. 4.3.3 Growing Number of Alternatives in the Market for Antacids

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Force Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 By Formulation Type

      1. 5.1.1 Tablet

      2. 5.1.2 Powder

      3. 5.1.3 Others

    2. 5.2 By Distribution Channel

      1. 5.2.1 Hospital Pharmacies

      2. 5.2.2 E-Commerce

      3. 5.2.3 Others

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Italy

        5. Spain

        6. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. Australia

        5. South Korea

        6. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 Middle East and Africa

        1. GCC

        2. South Africa

        3. Rest of Middle East and Africa

      5. 5.3.5 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 Bayer AG

      2. 6.1.2 GlaxoSmithKline PLC

      3. 6.1.3 Johnson & Johnson

      4. 6.1.4 Sun Pharmaceuticals Ltd

      5. 6.1.5 Sanofi S.A

      6. 6.1.6 WellSpring Pharmaceutical Corporation

      7. 6.1.7 Advance Pharmaceutical Inc.

      8. 6.1.8 CVS Pharmacy

      9. 6.1.9 Safetec of America, Inc.

      10. 6.1.10 Pfizer inc.

      11. 6.1.11 Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH

      12. 6.1.12 Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Ltd.

      13. 6.1.13 Reckitt Benckiser Group plc.

      14. 6.1.14 Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited

      15. 6.1.15 Procter & Gamble

    2. *List Not Exhaustive

**Competitive Landscape covers- Business Overview, Financials, Products and Strategies and Recent Developments

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Global Antacids Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The Global Antacids Market is growing at a CAGR of 3.7% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2020.

GlaxoSmithKline PLC, Sun Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Sanofi S.A, Bayer AG, Johnson & Johnson are the major companies operating in Global Antacids Market.

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