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A gastrointestinal cocktail, (also known as a GI cocktail or gastric cocktail), is a generic term for a mixture of liquid antacid, viscous lidocaine, and an anticholinergic primarily used to treat dyspepsia.[1] The GI cocktail may also deceptively mask pain originating from the heart.[2]

There is a wide variety of GI cocktail recipes in use today. A very popular one is a mixture of Maalox, viscous lidocaine, and Donnatal, in equal parts.[3] A mixture of 10-30 ml Mylanta, 10 ml Donnatal and 10 ml viscous lidocaine is known as "The Green Goddess," or "Green Lizard."[4] The efficacy of this mixture for the treatment of dyspepsia is generally considered superior to treatment with only any one of its components, due to their varied mechanisms of relief; however, a recent study found that a GI cocktail was no more effective in relieving stomach pain than an antacid alone. The treatment may also provide relief for hiatal hernia patients suffering acute symptoms. [5]


  1. ^ Paul Dickson (2004). War slang: American fighting words and phrases since the Civil War. Brassey's. p. 164. ISBN 978-1-57488-710-5. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  2. ^ Anh Vu T. Nguyen; Dung A. Nguyen (2005). Learning from medical errors: clinical problems. Radcliffe Publishing. p. 47. ISBN 978-1-85775-768-2. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  3. ^ Richard J. Hamilton; Tarascon (2009). Tarascon Pocket Pharmacopoeia 2010 Classic Shirt-Pocket Edition. Jones & Bartlett Learning. p. 95. ISBN 978-0-7637-7439-4. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  4. ^ Steven E. Diaz (15 January 2002). Blackwell's primary care essentials: Emergency medicine. Wiley-Blackwell. p. 84. ISBN 978-0-86542-579-8. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  5. ^ Berman DA, Porter RS, Graber M (2003). "The GI Cocktail is no more effective than plain liquid antacid: a randomized, double blind clinical trial". J Emerg Med 25 (3): 239–44. doi:10.1016/S0736-4679(03)00196-3. PMID 14585449. 

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Huffington Post

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Fri, 04 Sep 2015 12:59:09 -0700

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Washington Post

Washington Post
Mon, 24 Feb 2014 18:54:38 -0800

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My New Orleans

My New Orleans
Fri, 29 Jun 2012 07:18:22 -0700

Each emergency room has its own recipe, but a typical GI cocktail is an ounce of Mylanta mixed with equal parts liquid Donnatal and Lidocaine. The Donnatal supposedly helps with stomach cramping and gives the mixture its signature pale green color.

Hunterdon County Democrat - NJ.com

Hunterdon County Democrat - NJ.com
Wed, 21 Mar 2012 11:33:45 -0700

At 11:30 p.m., he was provided with a "GI Cocktail," comprised of Maalox and other pain relief medications. He was also given Pepcid for heartburn relief. An EKG was performed and some blood work was done. Eaton reported that he regularly took several ...
NBC Connecticut
Mon, 11 Apr 2011 10:52:38 -0700

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Lawyers and Settlements

Lawyers and Settlements
Mon, 23 Feb 2009 06:31:42 -0800

I was put on an upper GI cocktail, Lasix, potassium and Xanax for anxiety because I started having panic attacks. After that, there was nothing more my doctor could because she didn't know what was causing my problems. My heart was okay, but it was ...

Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald
Sat, 15 Sep 2012 05:09:15 -0700

Concerns about the medication's side effects resurfaced in March when a former Army psychiatrist listed it among the medications possibly taken by Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, charged in the shooting deaths of 16 Afghan civilians. GI COCKTAIL.

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