Description of the medicine: Almagel (Almagel)
One of the first (1960s) combined antacid preparations, the main component of which is aluminum hydroxide (algedrate). Subsequently, a number of algeldrate-containing antacid preparations appeared in various dosage forms.
Almagel is a gel (suspension), for every 5 ml of which 0.3 g of aluminum hydroxide and 0.1 g of magnesium oxide are added with the addition of D-sorbitol.
Viscous liquid of white color, sweet, slightly astringent taste.
It is used for peptic ulcer of the stomach and duodenum, acute and chronic hyperacid gastritis, reflux esophagitis and other gastrointestinal diseases, which show a decrease in acidity and proteolytic activity of gastric juice.
The action of the drug is associated with its antacid, absorbent, enveloping and gastroprotective properties. The presence of D-sorbitol enhances bile secretion and laxative effect. The dosage form (gel) creates the conditions for a uniform distribution over the gastric mucosa and a longer effect.
Almagel-A additionally contains in every 5 ml of the gel 0.1 g of anestezin. It is used if the above diseases are accompanied by nausea, vomiting, soreness.
Almagel and almagel-A are prescribed by mouth: adults usually have 1-2 teaspoons (dosing) 4 times a day (morning, afternoon and evening 30 minutes before meals and at bedtime); children under 10 years old - ⅓ adult dose, 10-15 years - Ѕ adult dose. In order to avoid dilution of the drug, do not use liquid in the first half hour after taking it. It is recommended that after taking the almagel, lie down and turn over from side to side several times (every 1-2 minutes) (to improve its distribution over the gastric mucosa). The course of treatment is 3-4 weeks.
Almagel is well tolerated. In some cases, constipation is possible, passing with a decrease in dosage. Large doses sometimes cause mild drowsiness. With prolonged use, the drug should not be taken in foods rich in phosphorus.
Almagel is contraindicated in hypophosphatemia, renal failure, pregnancy.
Release form: suspension for intake in bottles of 170 and 200 ml.
Storage: in a cool place; freezing is not allowed.
Before use, the contents of the vial are thoroughly mixed.