Without a Prescription
Aluminum-Hydroxide is known to present several generic names; the most common of them are: Magnesium trisilicate; Magnesium hydroxide; Aluminium hydroxide; Simethicone. You should know that Aluminum-Hydroxide is an antacid clinical remedy that effectively aids patients combat stomach acid. In this way, Aluminum-Hydroxide is known to be very effective in relieving the unpleasant symptoms that may arise due to the presence of an excessive amount of acid (including acid reflux, indigestion, and so on). However, while the ingredients of Aluminum-Hydroxide can neutralize stomach acid, they are not able to stop or to diminish the production of acid.
Among the most common ingredients of Aluminum-Hydroxide are: aluminium (which provides the patient with extra protection from the acid), simethicone (which is effective in the prevention of flatulence), magnesium salts (which are employed in the prevention of constipation, which may be triggered by another ingredient of Aluminum-Hydroxide: aluminium). Aluminum-Hydroxide is commonly purchased in the form of tablets or in its liquid form.
This highly effective antacid medical remedy can ease the severity of symptoms such as gastric upset, indigestion and / or heartburn. As you probably know, these clinical manifestations are commonly due to the presence of excessive stomach acid. Furthermore, some specialists are confident in the effectiveness of Aluminum-Hydroxide in the therapy of peptic ulcers.
Unfortunately, allergic reactions to Aluminum-Hydroxide have been accused by some patients. The best way to avoid experiencing such an unwanted complication is to make sure that you are not hypersensitive to Aluminum-Hydroxide's components prior to your intake of Aluminum-Hydroxide (undergoing of allergy tests may be required). You should know that some medical conditions may prevent you from starting to use Aluminum-Hydroxide, as studies have shown that such individuals develop unwanted complications due to their use of this antacid remedy. You should consult a pediatrician before administering Aluminum-Hydroxide to a child or to an infant.
The Aluminum-Hydroxide tablets should be either chewed or sucked. If you are known to have a sensitive stomach, you should consider taking this antacid remedy after a meal or along with one. When you purchase your pack of Aluminum-Hydroxide you should ask your pharmacist to tell you in what way you ought to store Aluminum-Hydroxide. All individuals should make sure that children and / or pets are not able to reach Aluminum-Hydroxide (in order to avoid unpleasant and potentially dangerous accidents). If you have been prescribed the use of the liquid form of Aluminum-Hydroxide you should carefully measure your dose of this antacid remedy before employing it. We strongly recommend you to use a special measuring device, which has been especially designed for this clinical purpose.
Most adult patients who are using Aluminum-Hydroxide in order to deal with the unwanted symptoms of gastric upset should use 1-2 tablets of Aluminum-Hydroxide per day. You may employ a tablet of Aluminum-Hydroxide 2 times per day or you may take both of your prescribed tablets at the same time. Individuals who are using the liquid form of this antacid medication should not use more than 20 ml of Aluminum-Hydroxide per day. Children and elderly patients ought to employ smaller doses of Aluminum-Hydroxide in order to lower their risk of developing the adverse clinical manifestations of Aluminum-Hydroxide. We strongly advise you to consult with your main clinical prescriber before you decide the amount of Aluminum-Hydroxide that you are to employ and the time of day at which you will use it.
Although few, cases of overdose with Aluminum-Hydroxide have been reported. As this medical condition is not a pleasant one and it may lessen the effectiveness of your therapy course with Aluminum-Hydroxide, you should avoid using extra doses of Aluminum-Hydroxide (this is the best way in which you can avoid experiencing this clinical complication). A patient who suspects that he or she may be suffering from over-dosage with Aluminum-Hydroxide (or with any other medical product) should seek emergency clinical care. Such individuals may experience diarrhea or constipation. The severity of these symptoms depends on the amount of this antacid clinical remedy that they have employed.
We cannot emphasize enough on the importance of keeping a regular dosing routine with Aluminum-Hydroxide (or with any other antacid remedy). In case you fail to maintain a regular intake schedule of Aluminum-Hydroxide you should refer you your clinical prescriber.
A treatment course with most medical remedies can trigger a set of unwanted clinical manifestations. Luckily, such adverse symptoms generally disappear in time (they are temporary symptoms) or they cease at the end of the patient's treatment course with Aluminum-Hydroxide. The most common manifestations that may disturb your use of Aluminum-Hydroxide include diarrhea and / or constipation. Studies have shown that such symptoms are much more common in the case of patients who are using high doses of this antacid (Aluminum-Hydroxide) on a regular basis.
Combining your therapy course with Aluminum-Hydroxide with the use of other clinical remedies that contain the same components or that are known to serve the same clinical purpose without consulting with your medical prescriber is strictly forbidden. You should know that in such cases, unwanted clinical interactions may arise. Your local pharmacist or your personal physician should be able to provide you with further pieces of advice and / or medical facts concerning this matter.
Other Brand Names
In some countries Aluminum-Hydroxide may also be known as:
- Mylanta Plus;