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Aluminum Hydroxide Oral suspension

What is this medicine?

ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE (a LOO mi num hye DROX ide)is an antacid. It is used to relieve the symptoms of indigestion, heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD), or stomach ulcers. It is also used to treat high phosphate levels in patients with kidney disease.

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • constipation

  • kidney disease

  • liver disease

  • on a sodium (salt) restricted diet

  • stomach bleeding or obstruction

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to aluminum hydroxide or other antacids, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth. Follow the directions on the label. Shake well before using. Use a specially marked spoon or container to measure your medicine. Ask your pharmacist if you do not have one. Household spoons are not accurate. Antacids are usually taken after meals and at bedtime, or as directed by your doctor or health care professional. After taking the medication, drink a full glass of water. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this medicine may be used in children for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • antibiotics like tetracycline

  • delavirdine

  • gabapentin

  • heart medicines, such as digoxin or digitoxin

  • isoniazid

  • medicines for fungal infections like itraconazole, ketoconazole

  • medicines for osteoporosis like alendronate, etidronate, risedronate, tiludronate

  • medicines for seizures like ethotoin, phenytoin

  • methenamine

  • phenothiazines like chlorpromazine, mesoridazine, prochlorperazine, thioridazine

  • quinidine

  • rosuvastatin

  • sotalol

  • tacrolimus

  • thyroid hormones like levothyroxine

  • vitamin D

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse. Do not treat yourself for stomach problems with this medicine for more than one week. See a doctor if you have black tarry stools, rectal bleeding, or if you feel unusually tired. Do not change to another antacid product without advice.

If you are taking other medicines, leave an interval of at least 2 hours before or after taking this medicine.

To help reduce constipation, drink several glasses of water a day.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • bone or joint aches and pains

  • confusion or irritability

  • headache

  • loss of appetite

  • unusually weak or tired

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • constipation

  • hemorrhoids

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Protect from light and moisture. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

With state-of-the-art equipment and a high definition video system, our focus at Broward Health Imperial Point’s Center for Digestive Health is on preventive screening, accurate diagnosis of disease and effective treatment to restore or maintain your digestive health.

Highly-skilled physicians, nurses and technologists are here to guide you through your test or procedure and keep you as comfortable as possible. Light sedation anesthesia for procedures will help you get back to normal, fast.

Broward Health Imperial Point’s Center for Digestive Health provides the most advanced care for the following conditions:

Barrett’s Esophagus
Barrett’s esophagus is a disorder in which the lining of the esophagus (the tube that carries food from the throat to the stomach) is damaged by stomach acid and changed to a lining similar to that of the stomach.

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a condition in which the stomach contents (food or liquid) leak backwards from the stomach to the esophagus (the tube from the mouth to the stomach). This action can irritate the esophagus, causing heartburn and other symptoms.

Radiation Proctitis
Radiation proctitis, which involves the lower intestine, is inflammation and damage to the lower parts of the colon after exposure to x-rays or other radiation as part of radiation therapy. Radiation proctitis most commonly occurs after treatment for prostate, colon and cervical cancers.

Procedures performed at the Center for Digestive Health include:

TIF Incisionless Surgery for Heartburn/GERD
Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF) represents a huge advance in the evolution of surgery. Performed with the new EsophyX® surgical device that is placed through the patient’s mouth, this technique reconstructs a durable anti-reflux valve and tightens the LES (lower esophageal sphincter), re-establishing a barrier to reflex and restoring the competency of the gastroesophageal junction. This advanced procedure results in the effective elimination of GERD symptoms, leaves no visible scarring and allows patients to recover quickly.

Barrx Esophagus Ablation
The Barrx Esophagus Ablation is an incisionless, proactive outpatient procedure that typically takes less than 30 minutes. By using advanced BARRX HALO System technology, we are able to remove the diseased layer of cells from the esophagus without injury to underlying healthy tissue. Patients can expect a re-growth of their normal cells within three to four weeks.

Capsule Endoscopy
Capsule Endoscopy is a procedure using a tiny wireless camera that sits inside of a vitamin-sized capsule that you swallow. This allows the camera to take pictures of your digestive tract. The camera takes thousands of pictures that are transmitted to a recorder you wear on a belt around your waist as the capsule travels throughout your digestive tract.

Small Bowel Enteroscopy
A small bowel enteroscopy is a procedure used to examine the gastrointestinal bleeding, small bowel tumors, polyps, or other small bowel diseases.

During the procedure, a doctor inserts a thin, flexible tube called an endoscope into a patient’s mouth to examine the lining of the esophagus, stomach and portions of the small intestine (small bowel). If growths or other abnormalities are found during the test, the physician may remove the abnormal tissue for further examination or biopsy.

Halo Procedure/Barrett’s Esophagus Ablation
The HALO procedure consists of ablative therapy to the patient’s esophagus. The HALO ablation technology is designed specifically to remove the diseased tissue and allow new, healthy tissue to re-grow. This allows for large areas of Barrett’s esophagus to be effectively treated. More importantly, this procedure can remove precancerous lesions from the esophagus and alleviate the patient’s wait-time and anxiety that often accompany this diagnosis.

For more information about our services or to find a doctor, call the Broward Health Line at 954-759-7400.

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