AlternaGEL : Uses, Side Effects, Interactions & More

Why is this medication prescribed?

AlternaGEL (Aluminum hydroxide) is used to relieve heartburn, heartburn, and peptic ulcer pain, and to promote healing of peptic ulcers.

How should this medicine be used?

AlternaGEL (Aluminum hydroxide) comes as capsules, tablets, and oral suspension and liquid. Dosage and frequency of use depend on the condition being treated. The suspension should be shaken well before administration. Follow the directions on the package or prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any parts you don’t understand.

Other uses for this medicine

AlternaGEL is also sometimes used to lower the amount of phosphate in the blood of patients with kidney disease. Talk to your doctor about the possible risks of using this drug for your condition.

What special precautions should I follow?

Before taking AlternaGEL,

  • Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to AlternaGEL or any other medications.
  • Tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking, especially allopurinol (Lopurin, Zyloprim), alprazolam (Xanax), chlordiazepoxide (Librium, Mitran, and others), chloroquine (Aralen), cimetidine (Tagamet), clonazepam (Klonopin ), clorazepate, dexamethasone (Decadron and others), diazepam (Valium, Valrelease, and Zetran), diflunisal (Dolobid), digoxin (Lanoxin), ethambutol (Myambutol), famotidine (Pepcid), halazepam (Paxipam), hydrocortisone) isoniazid (Laniazid, Nydrazid), levothyroxine (Levothroid, Levoxyl, Synthroid, and others), lorazepam (Ativan), methylprednisolone (Medrol), oxazepam (Serax), penicillamine (Cuprimine, Depentasone), prednisone (Delpentasone, iron-containing products) tetracycline (Sumycin, Tetracap, and others), ticlopidine (Ticlid), and vitamins.
  • Be aware that AlternaGEL can interfere with other medications, making them less effective. Take your other medications 1 hour before or 2 hours after the AlternaGEL.
  • Tell your doctor if you have or have ever had hypertension, heart or kidney disease, or gastrointestinal bleeding.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding. If you become pregnant while taking AlternaGEL, call your doctor.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. 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 the one you forgot.

What side effects can this medication cause?

AlternaGEL may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

  • constipation
  • loss of appetite

If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:

  • confusion
  • unusual tiredness or discomfort
  • muscle weakness

If you experience a serious side effect, you or your doctor can submit a report online to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program (http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch) or by phone (1-800-332-1088).

What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?

Keep this medicine in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of the reach of children. Store at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom).

It is important to keep all medicines out of the sight and reach of children, since many containers (such as those containing weekly pills and those for eye drops, creams, patches and inhalers) are not resistant to children and small children can easily open them. To protect young children from poisoning, always close the safety caps and immediately place the medicine in a safe place, one that is upright and out of their sight and reach. http://www.upandaway.org

Unnecessary medications must be disposed of in special ways to ensure they cannot be consumed by pets, children, and others. However, you should not flush this medicine down the toilet. Instead, the best way to dispose of your medications is through a drug take-back program. Talk to your pharmacist or contact your local garbage / recycling department to find out about take-back programs in your community. See the FDA Safe Drug Disposal website (http://goo.gl/c4Rm4p) for more information if you do not have access to a take-back program.

What other information should I know?

Do not use AlternaGEL for more than 2 weeks unless your doctor tells you to.

Do not let anyone else take your medicine. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.

It is important that you keep a written list of all prescription and over-the-counter (over-the-counter) medications you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should take this list with you every time you visit a doctor or if you go into hospital. It is also important information to take with you in case of emergencies.

Brand Names

  • AlternaGEL®
  • Alu-Cap®
  • Alu-Tab®
  • Amphojel®

Disclaimer: We have made every effort to ensure that all information is factually accurate, comprehensive and up-to-date. However, this article should not be used as a licensed health care professional’s choice of knowledge and expertise. You should always consult your doctor or other health care professional before taking any medication. The information given here is subject to change and it has not been used to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions or adverse effects. The lack of warning or other information for any drug does not indicate that the combination of medicine or medication is safe, effective or appropriate for all patients or all specific uses.

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