Aluminium hydroxide uses, dosage, side effects, and precautions
|Generic name||Aluminium hydroxide|
|Brand name||Digene syrup, Digene tablet|
|Class of drugs||Antacid|
|Uses||Heartburn, Stomach upset, Sour stomach, Acidity, Gas, Acid indigestion|
|Dosage||As prescribed by the doctor|
|Prescription required||No (OTC medicine)|
|Route of administration||Oral|
|Side Effects||Constipation, Loss of appetite, Muscle weakness, Fatigue, Sleepiness|
|Contraindications||Constipation, Liver disease|
|Drug Interactions||Itraconazole, Ketoconazole, Atazanavir, Tenofovir, Warfarin, Phenprocoumon, Methotrexate|
What is aluminium hydroxide?
Aluminium hydroxide is an antacid that helps relieve and treat acid indigestion.
It is used for temporary relief from many different types of gastroesophageal reflux, such as heartburn, upset stomach, sour stomach, or acid indigestion.
Aluminium hydroxide forms an acidic layer over the area of irritation, which acts as a protective barrier to prevent infection. It works in conjunction with stomach acid and neutralizes it.
How should I take aluminium hydroxide?
Take aluminium hydroxide exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label and also, read all medication guides or instruction sheets before taking it.
Aluminium hydroxide may be prescribed to be taken more than once a day. Take it at the same time with equal time interval between two doses.
Some forms of aluminium hydroxide may be taken with or without food. Check your medicine label or consult your doctor whether you should take this medicine with food or not.
Shake the oral suspension of aluminium hydroxide well before measuring the dose.
Always use a medicine dosage measuring device, not a kitchen spoon.
Do not share this medicine with other people, even if they have the same symptoms you have.
You may store liquid aluminium hydroxide (antacid) in a refrigerator but do not allow it to freeze. Aways store it at room temperature away from moisture, heat, light, and reach of children.
The medicine should never be chewed or crushed and should be swallowed whole.
Aluminium hydroxide uses
Oral aluminium hydroxide is prescribed for the following conditions and disorders.
- Stomach upset
- Sour stomach
- Acid indigestion
Aluminium hydroxide dosage
The dosage of aluminium hydroxide is determined according to the age, weight, mental status, allergic history and health condition of the patients.
There should be an equal time interval between both doses.
Long-term use of aluminium hydroxide may cause health hazards. So consult your doctor before taking it for a long time.
It is advisable to give this medicine to children only after a pediatric consultation.
Always drink plenty of fluids to counteract the possible side effects of the drug.
Aluminium hydroxide side effects
Cmmon aluminium hydroxide side effects may include:
- Loss of appetite
- Muscle weakness
Aluminium hydroxide disease interactions
Tell your doctor if you have undergo the following conditions and disorders:
- Liver disease
This is not a complete list of all the diseases that can interact with aluminium hydroxide. Not all possible disease interactions are listed here.
Aluminium hydroxide drug interactions
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to these medicine.
- Itraconazole (What is itraconazole used for?)
This is not a complete list and other drugs may interact with aluminium hydroxide, including prescription medicines and over-the-counter medicines.
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What happens if I overdose?
Always take the medicine as prescribed and seek immediate medical attention in any case of overdose.
What happens if I miss a dose?
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. But, if it is time for your next dose, avoid taking two doses at once as it can lead to an overdose
Aluminium hydroxide is an antacid and used in the management and treatment of acid indigestion.
It is used to prevent or treat acid reflux disease such as heartburn, stomach upset, sour stomach, acidity, gas, and acid indigestion.
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