aluminum hydroxide - oral, Alu-Cap, Alu-Tab, Amphojel
GENERIC NAME: ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE - ORAL (a-LOO-mi-num hye-DROX-ide)
BRAND NAME(S): Alu-Cap, Alu-Tab, Amphojel
USES: Aluminum hydroxide is used to lower phosphate levels in certain kidney conditions. It binds phosphate in the gut so less is absorbed into the body. Controlling phosphate levels helps prevent bone problems (renal osteodystrophy).This medication is also used to treat the symptoms of too much stomach acid such as stomach upset, heartburn, and acid indigestion. Aluminum hydroxide is an antacid that works quickly to lower the acid in the stomach. Liquid antacids usually work faster/better than tablets or capsules.This medication works only on existing acid in the stomach. It does not prevent acid production. It may be used alone or with other medications that lower acid production (e.g., H2 blockers such as cimetidine/ranitidine and proton pump inhibitors such as omeprazole).
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