Drug Group: AntacidPrincipal Uses
It provides relief in the treatment of heartburn, indigestion and stomach pain, often associated with pepticulcers, hyperacidity and dyspepsia. Also used in treatment of hyperphosphataemia (high concentration of phosphates in circulating blood).It has a constipating effect and is therefore combined with magnesium-containing antacids (magnesiumhydroxide, magnesium trisilicate) which have a laxative effect and thus they cancel each other’s unwantedeffect.Fixed-dose combinations of aluminium hydroxide with any other drug besides magnesium antacids isconsidered unnecessary.
How this Drug Works
It counteracts the acid secreted in the stomach and thus reduces the degree of acidity, there by relieving heartburn and indigestion. It reduces the action of an enzyme (chemical) ‘pepsin’ in the stomach, thereby promoting the healing of peptic ulcer.
Dosage and Usage Information
Available Dosage Forms
: Tablets and liquids with magnesium trisilicate, with others.
300-600 mg (1-2 tablets OR 1-2 teaspoonful) 3-6 times daily
How and When to Take
Stomach keeps on emptying itself and the action of the antacid lasts only for a short while, irrespective of the dose taken. Hence it is important to take an antacid at frequent intervals as well as delay stomachemptying. Food delays stomach emptying and prolongs the duration of antacid action.It is best taken between meals and at bedtime. For continuous effect, take 1 hour after eating, followed by asip of water.Tablets should be well chewed. Suspension should be shaken well before use. Do not swallow the tabletwhole.
What if you Exceed the Dose
The effects include nausea, vomiting and constipation. Consult your doctor if the symptoms are unusually severe or the overdose is exceptionally large.
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