Aluminium is a naturally occurring mineral. Aluminium hydroxide is a chemical compound and an antacid. However, compared to magnesium hydroxide, it’s a weak and slow-acting antacid.
Aluminium hydroxide is popular for treating and relieving symptoms of the following medical conditions:
- Sour stomach
- Acid indigestion
- Upset stomach
- Peptic ulcers
- Hiatal hernia
The compound also reduces phosphate levels in people with certain kidney diseases. Its recommend to consult with your doctor before taking any aluminium hydroxide if you have the following conditions:
- Kidney problems
- Drink alcohol frequently
- Severe constipation
Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers also need to consult with their doctors before taking this drug. If you’re experiencing chest pains, call your doctor - especially if the pain is spreading to your shoulders and jaws, and you’re also lightheaded.
As for the correct dosage, always stick to the doctor’s prescription. For counter medicines, follow the directions and important information on the label.
It's recommended that you take aluminium hydroxide at bedtime or in-between meals. If your dosing schedule is at bedtime, make sure you do it an hour before or 2 hours before going to bed. When taking aluminium hydroxide, you take it with a full glass of water (8 ounces).
Before you measure your dose, shake the oral suspension. The drug comes with a dosing syringe. If you don't have one of these, you can use a dose-measuring device; but never use a kitchen spoon.
Always store the solution at room temperature, away from the reach of children, direct sunlight, heat, and moisture.
Aluminium hydroxide is used when needed; therefore you might not be placed in a dosing schedule. Don’t take two doses at the same time. In case you overdose, seek medical advice.
Common symptoms of an aluminium hydroxide overdose are:
- Severe constipation
- Mood changes
- Weight loss
- Urinating less than usual
If you’re on another prescription, it’s good to seek medical advice before starting the dosage of aluminium hydroxide. Aluminium hydroxide is an antacid so it can make it difficult for the body to absorb other oral medications. You should avoid taking any oral medicine two hours before or after taking the aluminium hydroxide drugs.
Below are common symptoms of being allergic to aluminium peroxide:
- Swelling of lips, face, throat, or tongue
- Difficult breathing
If you’re using aluminium hydroxide prescribed by your doctor and experience the following symptoms, you should stop the medication and seek medical advice. Aluminium hydroxide can also cause severe side effects when taken, including:
- Severe stomach pain
- Loss of appetite
- Pain when urinating
- Tiredness and muscle weakness
- Tarry or bloody stools
- Vomit that looks like coffee grounds
- Coughing up blood
In case you experience any of these symptoms after taking aluminium hydroxide, seek immediate medical help. Tell your medical doctor or pharmacist of any prescribed or over counter medicines you are taking before they prescribe aluminium hydroxide for you.
Other drugs can react with aluminium hydroxide. Vitamins, herbal products, and dietary supplements are some of the products that might react with aluminium hydroxide.
Never share your aluminium prescription, especially with children. Always consult with your healthcare provider before starting dosage and make sure all your medications are properly stored and the correct dosage is followed.