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Brand Names: Arthritis Pain Formula, Ascriptin, Ascriptin Maximum Strength, Aspirin Buffered

Generic Name: aluminum hydroxide, aspirin, calcium carbonate, and magnesium hydroxide (Pronunciation: a LOO min um hye DROX ide, ASP rin, KAL cee um KAR bo nate, mag NEE see um hye DROX ide)

What is aluminum hydroxide, aspirin, calcium carbonate, and magnesium hydroxide (Arthritis Pain Formula, Ascriptin, Ascriptin Maximum Strength, Aspirin Buffered)?

Aluminum, calcium, and magnesium are naturally occurring minerals that are used antacids.

Aspirin is a salicylate (sa-LIS-il-ate) and a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Aspirin works by reducing substances in the body that cause pain, fever, and inflammation.

The combination of aluminum hydroxide, aspirin, calcium carbonate, and magnesium hydroxide is used to treat headache, toothache, menstrual pain, and minor aches and pains caused by arthritis or the common cold.

The antacids in this combination medicine help prevent heartburn or stomach discomfort caused by the aspirin contained in the medicine.

Aluminum hydroxide, aspirin, calcium carbonate, and magnesium hydroxide is sometimes used to prevent blood clots that may lead to heart attack or stroke. Aspirin should be used for cardiovascular conditions only under the supervision of a doctor.

Aluminum hydroxide, aspirin, calcium carbonate, and magnesium hydroxide may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of aluminum hydroxide, aspirin, calcium carbonate, and magnesium hydroxide (Arthritis Pain Formula, Ascriptin, Ascriptin Maximum Strength, Aspirin Buffered)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using aluminum hydroxide, aspirin, calcium carbonate, and magnesium hydroxide and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • weakness or fainting;
  • black, bloody, or tarry stools;
  • coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds;
  • severe or worsening stomach pain;
  • sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body;
  • sudden severe headache, confusion, problems with vision, speech, or balance;
  • urinating less than usual or not at all;
  • easy bruising, unusual bleeding (nose, mouth, vagina, or rectum), purple or red pinpoint spots under your skin;
  • redness, swelling, or increasing pain;
  • hearing loss, ringing in your ears; or
  • nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).

Less serious side effects may include:

  • mild heartburn;
  • mild nausea, upset stomach; or
  • diarrhea, stomach cramps.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about aluminum hydroxide, aspirin, calcium carbonate, and magnesium hydroxide (Arthritis Pain Formula, Ascriptin, Ascriptin Maximum Strength, Aspirin Buffered)?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to aluminum hydroxide, aspirin, calcium carbonate, or magnesium hydroxide, or if you are allergic to an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) such as Advil, Motrin, Aleve, Orudis, Indocin, Lodine, Voltaren, Toradol, Mobic, Relafen, Feldene, and others. You should not use this medication if you have a recent history of stomach or intestinal bleeding, a bleeding disorder, vitamin K deficiency, low levels of platelets in your blood, any severe active bleeding, or if you are also using ketorolac (Toradol) or mifepristone (Mifeprex).

Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to take this medication if you have a history of stomach ulcer or other disorder, or if you have asthma, allergies, head injury, heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney or liver disease, diabetes, gout, nasal polyps, fever and headache with neck stiffness, an enzyme deficiency (such as G6PD), if you have recently received a live vaccine, if you are 60 or older, if you have high levels of calcium or magnesium in your blood, or if you drink more than three alcoholic beverages per day.

Aspirin may cause serious effects on the stomach or intestines, including bleeding or perforation (forming of a hole). These conditions can be fatal and can occur without warning while you are taking this medication, especially in older adults.

Call your doctor at once if you have symptoms of stomach bleeding such as black, bloody, or tarry stools, or coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds.

There are many other drugs that can interact with aluminum hydroxide, aspirin, calcium carbonate, and magnesium hydroxide. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor. Keep a list of all your medicines and show it to any healthcare provider who treats you.

This medication should not be given to a child or teenager who has a fever, especially if the child also has flu symptoms or chicken pox. Aspirin can cause a serious and sometimes fatal condition called Reye's syndrome in children.



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