Aluminium hydroxide - oral

Patient Medicine Information
Why do I need this medicine?
Aluminium hydroxide is an antacid (medicines to neutralise stomach acid). It helps relieve stomach discomfort such as heartburn, indigestion and a sour stomach.

This medicine may also be used to manage kidney failure by reducing high levels of phosphate in the blood.
How do I take this medicine?
Take this medicine exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

This medicine may be taken with or without food. If you are taking this medicine to decrease phosphate levels in your blood, take it with meals.

Aluminium hydroxide is available as capsules or as an oral suspension. If you are given the suspension, shake it well before use. Drink enough water after your dose.

Try to take it at the same time each day.
What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.
When should I not use this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you have the following conditions:
  • low levels of phosphate in the blood
  • acute porphyria (inherited disorder that may cause skin or nerve problems)
as this medicine may not be suitable for you.

Aluminium hydroxide should not be used in infants.
What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
Inform your doctor if you have kidney failure or undergoing dialysis.

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant.
What side effects could I experience?
Aluminium hydroxide may cause constipation, nausea and vomiting.

If you will be taking this medicine for a long time, it may cause muscle weakness, tiredness, and loss of appetite.

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Can I take this with other medicines?
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:
  • antibitotics e.g. tetracycline, penicillin
  • medicines for heart disease e.g. digoxin
  • medicines for pain and inflammation e.g. indometacin, naproxen
  • iron supplements
  • vitamins
If you must take these medicines, there should be at least 2 hours interval between these medicines and Aluminium hydroxide.

This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Aluminium hydroxide.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Avoid alcohol.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
This information is independently developed by MIMS based on aluminium hydroxide - oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2021 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by
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