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Aluminum Carbonate
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Aluminum carbonate is an antacid. It neutralizes and reduces stomach acid. It is used to treat heartburn (e.g., gastritis, peptic esophagitis) and ulcers.This medication may also be used in certain kidney conditions to reduce blood phosphate levels.

 
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Aluminum carbonate is an antacid. It neutralizes and reduces stomach acid. It is used to treat heartburn (e.g., gastritis, peptic esophagitis) and ulcers.This medication may also be used in certain kidney conditions to reduce blood phosphate levels.
Notes
  • This medication is available in various forms: suspension, capsules or tablets.
  • Ask your doctor or pharmacist to help select the best product for you.

Storage
  • Store tablets and capsules at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C) away from heat and light.
  • The liquid form of this medication may be stored in the refrigerator to improve taste.

Overdose
  • Symptoms of overdose may include severe constipation, dizziness, fatigue, weakness, loss of appetite, drowsiness.

How To Use
  • Take this medication as directed.
  • Too much antacid can actually increase the amount of acid the stomach produces.The liquid form should be shaken well before pouring each dose.
  • Mix the liquid with water or fruit juice to drink.Tablets and capsules should be swallowed whole followed by a glass of water.

Side Effects
  • This medication is generally well tolerated.
  • Loss of appetite and constipation may occur.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects.
  • Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Notify your doctor immediately if you develop any of these serious effects: coffee-ground vomit, dark/tar-like stools.If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions
  • Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: stomach disorders, any allergies.This medication should be used only if clearly needed during pregnancy.
  • Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.Consult your doctor before using any medication while breast-feeding.

Missed Dose
  • If you miss a dose, take it as soon as remembered; do not take it if it is near the time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
  • Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.

Drug Interactions
  • Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take especially: iron supplements, tetracycline, oral antidiabetic medication, digoxin.Avoid taking any medication within 1 to 2 hours of taking an antacid.
  • The antacid may interfere with the absorption of the medication.Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

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