Magaldrate

Description

Magaldrate is a complex of aluminum and magnesium that is used to relieve heartburn, sour stomach, acid ingestion, upset stomach, etc. The absorption of aluminum ions is very less in this form, so the side effects associated with aluminum are less compared when compared to aluminum hydroxide.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Magaldrate

  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Chalky taste
  • Stomach cramps
  • Nausea and Vomiting

Uses of Magaldrate

What is it prescribed for?

  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
  • Dyspepsia
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The effect of this medicine can be observed within 20 minutes of administration of the dose.
  • Duration of effect
    The amount of time for which this medicine remains effective is subject to vary based on the gastric emptying time. In the fasting state, it is effective for approximately 20-60 minutes and if taken 1 hour after the meals. it is effective for up to 3 hours.
  • 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 aluminum hydroxide, magnesium hydroxide, or any other inactive ingredients present along with them.

Severe renal impairment

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients suffering from severe impairment of kidney function 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

Hypermagnesemia

Use of this medicine may increase the magnesium levels in the blood. The risk is especially higher in patients suffering from kidney diseases. Report any symptoms such as flushing of the skin, increased thirst, difficulty in breathing, changes in heart rate, etc. to the doctor immediately. Close monitoring of magnesium levels, appropriate dose adjustments, or replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary based on the clinical condition of the patient.

Kidney diseases

This medicine should be used with caution in patients suffering from kidney diseases due to the increased risk of severe adverse effects. Close monitoring of kidney function is recommended for such patients. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary based on the clinical condition of the patient.

Other medicines

Magaldrate may interact with many other medicines and may decrease the efficacy of the coadministered medicines. Hence, it is advised that you inform the doctor about all your current medicines including any herbs and supplements before beginning treatment with this medicine.

Missed Dose

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.

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

Anticoagulants

Raltegravir

Cefpodoxime

Digoxin

Disease interactions

Disease

Information not available.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
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.
Miscelleneous

To be taken after food

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.
Legal Status

Approved

Unknown

Unknown

Unknown

Classification

Category

Antacids

Schedule

OTC

[Internet]. Sciencedirect.com. 2018 [cited 21 August 2018]. Available from:

https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/neuroscience/magaldrate

[Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2018 [cited 21 August 2018]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB08938

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Information on this page was last updated on 28 Dec 2018

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