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Aluminum Hydroxide

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Uses
Dosing
Safety
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Notes

    Related terms
    • U.S. Brand Names: ALternaGel® [OTC];Dermagran® [OTC]
    • Canadian Brand Names: Amphojel®;Basaljel®
    • Pharmacologic Category: Antacid;Antidote;Protectant, Topical

    Uses
    • It is used to lower high phosphate levels.
    • It is used to treat heartburn and upset stomach.
    • Antacids lower stomach acid.
    • Aluminum binds phosphate in the GI (gastrointestinal) tract and removes it.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • Take 1 to 3 hours after meals as antacid.
    • There is a liquid (suspension) if you cannot swallow pills. Shake well before use.
    • Those who have feeding tubes can also use the liquid. Flush the feeding tube before and after this drug is given.
    • Drink plenty of noncaffeine-containing liquid unless told to drink less liquid by doctor.

    Missed Dose

    • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal time.
    • Many times this drug is taken on an as needed basis.

    Storage

    • Store at room temperature.
    • Protect capsules from water. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

    Safety



    Warnings

    • Unsafe reactions may happen. This drug cannot be taken while you are taking certain other drugs. Check all the drugs you are taking with your doctor.

    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to aluminum or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs involved.

    Precautions

    • Check drugs with doctor. This drug may not mix well with other drugs.
    • Do not take other drugs within 1 hour of this drug.
    • Tell doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
    • Tell doctor if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Bad taste. This most often returns to normal.
    • Constipation. More liquids, regular exercise, or a fiber diet may help. Talk with doctor about a stool softener or laxative.

    Monitoring

    • Change in health problem being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?
    • Follow up with doctor.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you suspect an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Very upset stomach or throwing up.
    • Very bad constipation.
    • Unusual bruising or bleeding.
    • Any rash.
    • Health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada return any unused drugs back to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th for more facts about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for health help about side effects. You may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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