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  • Aluminum Hydroxide and Magnesium Hydroxide

    (a loo' mi num) (hye drox' ide) (mag nee' zhum) (hye drox' ide)

    WHY is this medicine prescribed?

    Aluminum Hydroxide, Magnesium Hydroxide are antacids used together to relieve heartburn, acid indigestion, and upset stomach. They may be used to treat these symptoms in patients with peptic ulcer, gastritis, esophagitis, hiatal hernia, or too much acid in the stomach (gastric hyperacidity). They combine with stomach acid and neutralize it. Aluminum Hydroxide, Magnesium Hydroxide are available without a prescription.
    This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

    HOW should this medicine be used?

    This medication comes as a chewable tablet and liquid to take by mouth. Chew tablets thoroughly; do not swallow them whole. Drink a full glass of water after taking the tablets. Shake the oral liquid well before each use to mix the medicine evenly. The liquid may be mixed with water or milk.
    Follow the directions on the package label or on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take Aluminum Hydroxide, Magnesium Hydroxide antacids exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor. Do not take antacids for more than 1 to 2 weeks unless prescribed by your doctor.

    What SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS should I follow?

    Before taking Aluminum Hydroxide, Magnesium Hydroxide antacids,
    • tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to Aluminum Hydroxide, Magnesium Hydroxide antacids or any other drugs.
    • tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking, especially aspirin, cinoxacin (Cinobac), ciprofloxacin (Cipro), digoxin (Lanoxin), diazepam (Valium), enoxacin (Penetrex), ferrous sulfate (iron), fluconazole (Diflucan), indomethacin, isoniazid (INH), itraconazole (Sporanox), ketoconazole (Nizoral), levofloxacin (Levaquin), lomefloxacin (Maxaquin), nalidixic acid (NegGram), norfloxacin (Noroxin), ofloxacin (Floxin), sparfloxacin (Zagam), tetracycline (Achromycin, Sumycin), and vitamins. If your doctor tells you to take antacids while taking these medications, do not take them within 2 hours of taking an antacid.
    • tell your doctor if you have or have ever had kidney disease.
    • tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking Aluminum Hydroxide, Magnesium Hydroxide antacids, call your doctor.

    What SPECIAL DIETARY instructions should I follow?

    If you are taking this medication for an ulcer, follow the diet prescribed by your doctor carefully.

    What should I do IF I FORGET to take a dose?

    If you are taking scheduled doses of Aluminum Hydroxide, Magnesium Hydroxide, take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.

    What SIDE EFFECTS can this medicine cause?

    Side effects from Aluminum Hydroxide, Magnesium Hydroxide are not common. To avoid the chalky taste, take with water or milk. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
    • diarrhea
    • constipation
    • loss of appetite
    • unusual tiredness
    • muscle weakness

    What should I know about STORAGE and DISPOSAL of this medication?

    Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.

    What OTHER INFORMATION should I know?

    If you are taking this medication under a doctor's care, keep all appointments with your doctor.
    Do not let anyone else take your medication.
    It is important for you to keep a written list of all of the prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should bring this list with you each time you visit a doctor or if you are admitted to a hospital. It is also important information to carry with you in case of emergencies.

    Brand Names

    • Alamag® (as a combination product containing Aluminum Hydroxide, Magnesium Hydroxide)
    • Alumina and Magnesia® (as a combination product containing Aluminum Hydroxide, Magnesium Hydroxide)
    • Antacid (aluminum-magnesium)® (as a combination product containing Aluminum Hydroxide, Magnesium Hydroxide)
    • Antacid M® (as a combination product containing Aluminum Hydroxide, Magnesium Hydroxide)
    • Antacid Suspension® (as a combination product containing Aluminum Hydroxide, Magnesium Hydroxide)
    • Gen-Alox® (as a combination product containing Aluminum Hydroxide, Magnesium Hydroxide)
    • Kudrox® (as a combination product containing Aluminum Hydroxide, Magnesium Hydroxide)
    • M.A.H.® (as a combination product containing Aluminum Hydroxide, Magnesium Hydroxide)
    • Maalox HRF® (as a combination product containing Aluminum Hydroxide, Magnesium Hydroxide)
    • Maalox T.C.® (as a combination product containing Aluminum Hydroxide, Magnesium Hydroxide)
    • Magagel® (as a combination product containing Aluminum Hydroxide, Magnesium Hydroxide)
    • Magnalox® (as a combination product containing Aluminum Hydroxide, Magnesium Hydroxide)
    • Maldroxal® (as a combination product containing Aluminum Hydroxide, Magnesium Hydroxide)
    • Mylanta® Ultimate (as a combination product containing Aluminum Hydroxide, Magnesium Hydroxide)
    • Ri-Mox® (as a combination product containing Aluminum Hydroxide, Magnesium Hydroxide)
    • Rulox® (as a combination product containing Aluminum Hydroxide, Magnesium Hydroxide)

    Simethicone

    (sye meth' i kone)

    WHY is this medicine prescribed?

    Simethicone is used to treat the symptoms of gas such as uncomfortable or painful pressure, fullness, and bloating.
    This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

    HOW should this medicine be used?

    Simethicone comes as regular tablets, chewable tablets, capsules, and liquid to take by mouth. It usually is taken four times a day, after meals and at bedtime. Follow the directions on the package or on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take simethicone exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
    Swallow the regular tablets and capsules whole. Chewable tablets should be chewed thoroughly before being swallowed; do not swallow them whole. Do not take more than six simethicone tablets or eight simethicone capsules each day unless your doctor tells you to. The liquid may be mixed with 1 ounce (30 milliliters) of cool water or infant formula.

    What SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS should I follow?

    Before taking simethicone,
    • tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to simethicone or any other drugs.
    • tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking, including vitamins.
    • tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking simethicone, call your doctor.

    What should I do IF I FORGET to take a dose?

    If you are taking simethicone on a regular schedule, take the missed dose as soon you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.

    What SIDE EFFECTS can this medicine cause?

    When taken as directed, simethicone usually has no side effects.

    What should I know about STORAGE and DISPOSAL of this medication?

    Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.

    What OTHER INFORMATION should I know?

    Ask your doctor or pharmacist any questions you have about taking this medicine.
    It is important for you to keep a written list of all of the prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should bring this list with you each time you visit a doctor or if you are admitted to a hospital. It is also important information to carry with you in case of emergencies.

    Brand Names

    • Alka-Seltzer® Anti-Gas
    • Colic Drops
    • Colicon®
    • Degas®
    • Flatulex® Drops
    • Gas Aide®
    • Gas-X®
    • Genasyme®
    • Maalox® Anti-Gas
    • Majorcon®
    • Micon-80®
    • Mylanta® Gas
    • Mylaval®
    • Mylicon®
    • Mytab® Gas
    • Phazyme®
    • SonoRx®
    • Alamag Plus® (as a combination product containing Aluminum Hydroxide, Magnesium Hydroxide, Simethicone)
    • Aldroxicon® (as a combination product containing Aluminum Hydroxide, Magnesium Hydroxide, Simethicone)
    • Almacone® (as a combination product containing Aluminum Hydroxide, Magnesium Hydroxide, Simethicone)
    • Balanta® (as a combination product containing Aluminum Hydroxide, Magnesium Hydroxide, Simethicone)
    • Balox Plus® (as a combination product containing Aluminum Hydroxide, Magnesium Hydroxide, Simethicone)
    • Dixlanta® (as a combination product containing Aluminum Hydroxide, Magnesium Hydroxide, Simethicone)
    • Flatulex® Tablets (as a combination product containing Activated Charcoal, Simethicone)
    • Gas-X® with Maalox® (as a combination product containing Calcium Carbonate, Simethicone)
    • Gelusil® (as a combination product containing Aluminum Hydroxide, Magnesium Hydroxide, Simethicone)
    • Gen-Lanta (as a combination product containing Aluminum Hydroxide, Magnesium Hydroxide, Simethicone)
    • Imodium® Advanced (as a combination product containing Loperamide, Simethicone)
    • Losospan® Plus (as a combination product containing Magaldrate, Simethicone)
    • Low Sodium Plus® (as a combination product containing Aluminum Hydroxide, Magnesium Hydroxide, Simethicone)
    • Lowsium Plus® (as a combination product containing Magaldrate, Simethicone)
    • Maalox® Plus (as a combination product containing Aluminum Hydroxide, Magnesium Hydroxide, Simethicone)
    • Magaant® (as a combination product containing Aluminum Hydroxide, Magnesium Hydroxide, Simethicone)
    • Magagel® Plus (as a combination product containing Aluminum Hydroxide, Magnesium Hydroxide, Simethicone)
    • Magaldrate Plus (as a combination product containing Magaldrate, Simethicone)
    • Magalox® Plus (as a combination product containing Aluminum Hydroxide, Magnesium Hydroxide, Simethicone)
    • Maldroxal® Plus (as a combination product containing Aluminum Hydroxide, Magnesium Hydroxide, Simethicone)
    • Masanti® (as a combination product containing Aluminum Hydroxide, Magnesium Hydroxide, Simethicone)
    • Mintox® Plus (as a combination product containing Aluminum Hydroxide, Magnesium Hydroxide, Simethicone)
    • Mygel® (as a combination product containing Aluminum Hydroxide, Magnesium Hydroxide, Simethicone)
    • Mylagel® (as a combination product containing Aluminum Hydroxide, Magnesium Hydroxide, Simethicone)
    • Mylagen® (as a combination product containing Aluminum Hydroxide, Magnesium Hydroxide, Simethicone)
    • Mylanta® (as a combination product containing Aluminum Hydroxide, Magnesium Hydroxide, Simethicone)
    • Ri-Gel II® (as a combination product containing Aluminum Hydroxide, Magnesium Hydroxide, Simethicone)
    • Ri-Mox® Plus (as a combination product containing Aluminum Hydroxide, Magnesium Hydroxide, Simethicone)
    • Riopan® (as a combination product containing Magaldrate, Simethicone)
    • Rolaids® Multi-Symptom (as a combination product containing Calcium Carbonate, Magnesium Hydroxide, Simethicone)
    • Rolaids® Plus Gas Relief (as a combination product containing Calcium Carbonate, Simethicone)
    • Rulox® Plus (as a combination product containing Aluminum Hydroxide, Magnesium Hydroxide, Simethicone)
    • Titralac® Plus (as a combination product containing Calcium Carbonate, Simethicone)
    • Valumag® Plus (as a combination product containing Aluminum Hydroxide, Magnesium Hydroxide, Simethicone)
    • Also available generically
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