ALUMINIUM HYDROXIDE/MAGNESIUM HYDROXIDE oral


Therapeutic action

– Antacid

Indications

– Stomach pain associated with gastritis and peptic ulcer

Forms and strengths

 400 mgaluminium hydroxide/400 mg magnesium hydroxide chewable tablet 

Dosage

– Child over 5 years: rarely indicated. When necessary: half a tablet 3 times daily
Adult: 1 to 2 tablets 3 times daily 20 minutes to one hour after meals, or 1 tablet during painful attacks

Duration

– According to clinical response

Contra-indications, adverse effects, precautions

– Decreases intestinal absorption of many drugs. Do not administer simultaneously with: 
• atazanavirchloroquinedigoxindoxycyclineiron saltsgabapentinitraconazolelevothyroxine (take at least 2 hours apart). 
 ciprofloxacin (take ciprofloxacin 2 hours before or 4 hours after antacids), dolutegravir (take dolutegravir 2 hours before or 6 hours after antacids)velpatasvir (take 4 hours apart).
 
Pregnancy: no contra-indication
Breast-feeding: no contra-indication

Remarks

– Chew tablets.
– There are numerous preparations of aluminium and/or magnesium hydroxide and different dosages. 
– Antacids are not included in the WHO list of essential medicines.
 
 Storage: below 25 °C