Aluminium Hydroxide

Description

The oral forms of aluminum hydroxide are used to relieve symptoms such as heartburn, sour stomach, acid ingestion, upset stomach, etc. They may also be used to promote the healing of stomach ulcers as well as to reduce phosphate levels in people with certain kidney diseases. The topical form of this medicine is used to treat skin irritation.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Aluminium Hydroxide

  • Constipation
  • Loss of appetite
  • Unusal tiredness
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Redness of skin
  • Itching of skin
  • Stomach pain
  • Bloody or tarry stools

Uses of Aluminium Hydroxide

What is it prescribed for?

  • Dyspepsia
  • Duodenal ulcer
  • Erosive Esophagitis
  • Gastric ulcer
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
  • Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome
  • Hyperphosphatemia
  • Skin Irritation
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The amount of time taken by this medicine to show its effect is subject to vary based on the strength and form of administration.
  • Duration of effect
    The amount of time for which this medicine remains effective is subject to vary based on the strength and form of administration.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit-forming tendencies were reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to aluminium hydroxide or any other inactive ingredients present along with it.

Hypophosphatemia

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients suffering from hypophosphatemia due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition.

Acute Porphyria

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients suffering from an acute porphyria due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine.
General warnings

Usage on skin

The topical form of this medicine is meant for external use only. Do not apply this medicine into your eyes, deep or puncture wounds, infections or lacerations, etc. If the condition worsens or does not improve within seven days, stop the use and consult your doctor immediately.

Increase in aluminum levels

Use of this medicine may increase the levels of aluminum in the blood. This risk is especially higher in patients suffering from kidney diseases. An increase in the aluminum levels may result in severe adverse effects. Close monitoring of aluminum levels, appropriate dose adjustments, or replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary based on the clinical condition of the patient.

Hypophosphatemia

This medicine may decrease the phosphate levels in the blood on prolonged use. Report symptoms such as a loss of appetite, feeling of discomfort, muscle weakness, etc. to the doctor immediately. Close monitoring of phosphate levels, appropriate dose adjustments, or replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary based on the clinical condition of the patient.

Fecal impaction

This medicine may cause fecal impaction in some patients; a large or hardened mass of stool that gets stuck in the rectum or lower colon due to chronic constipation. This risk is especially higher in elderly patients. Appropriate corrective measures, dose adjustments, or replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary based on the clinical condition of the patient.

Missed Dose

Oral forms: If a dose of this medicine is missed, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not double the dose to make up for the missed one. Topical forms: Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not double your dose to make up for the missed one.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine

Ciprofloxacin

Raltegravir

Sodium Citrate

Calcium citrate

Disease interactions

Disease

Information not available.
Food interactions
You are advised to avoid or limit the consumption of citrate-containing foods and beverages such as soft drinks, citrus fruits and fruit juices, etc. during treatment with this medicine. Consuming such foods and beverages along with this medicine may cause severe adverse effects. You are advised to maintain a time gap of at least 2 to 3 hours between consuming such foods and the dose of this medicine to avoid their interaction.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Oral forms: Take this medicine exactly as instructed by the doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts than prescribed. Seek emergency medical treatment in case of any severe adverse effects. Ensure that the course of treatment is completed. Do not stop the use of this medicine without consulting your doctor. Topical forms: Apply the medicine exactly as advised by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts than advised/prescribed. Consult the doctor if you experience any undesirable side effects. Ensure that the treatment course is completed. Do not stop the use of this medicine without consulting your doctor.
Miscelleneous

Can be taken with or without food, as advised by your doctor

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
This medicine combines with the acid produced in the stomach and neutralizes it. This, in turn, provides relief from symptoms such as heartburn, sour stomach, etc. When used as a skin gel/ointment, it protects the skin from irritation.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Approved

Approved

Classification

Category

Antacids, Phosphate binders

Schedule

OTC

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https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/824/smpc

Aluminum hydroxide - DrugBank [Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2018 [cited 2 August 2018]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB06723

Aluminum Hydroxide: MedlinePlus Drug Information [Internet]. Medlineplus.gov. 2018 [cited 2 August 2018]. Available from:

https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a699048.html

DailyMed - Aluminium hydroxide ointment [Internet]. Dailymed.nlm.nih.gov. 2018 [cited 2 August 2018]. Available from:

https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=aecee847-78f9-46f0-9eb2-4b79c2a49dd5

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Information on this page was last updated on 14 Aug 2018

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