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aluminum hydroxide (cont.)

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking aluminum hydroxide (Alternagel)?

Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to take this medication if you have:

  • kidney disease, a history of kidney stones;
  • severe constipation;
  • if you are dehydrated; or
  • if you drink alcohol frequently.

It is not known whether aluminum hydroxide is harmful to an unborn baby. Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

Aluminum hydroxide may pass into breast milk and could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I take aluminum hydroxide (Alternagel)?

Use this medication exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended.

Shake the oral suspension (liquid) well just before you measure a dose. To be sure you get the correct dose, measure the liquid with a marked measuring spoon or medicine cup, not with a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.

Take this medication with a full glass (8 ounces) of water.

Aluminum hydroxide is usually taken between meals or at bedtime.

Do not take aluminum hydroxide for longer than 2 weeks without your doctor's advice.

Store aluminum hydroxide at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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