Magaldrate is an antacid. It neutralizes and reduces stomach acid relieving heartburn and indigestion. It is used to treat an upset stomach, ulcers, hiatal hernia and other digestive disorders. Notes
This medication is available in various forms: suspension, chewable tablets or swallow tablets.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist to help select the best product for you.
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.
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Take this medication as directed usually between meals and at bedtime.
Do not take more of this than prescribed.
Too much antacid can actually increase the amount of acid the stomach produces.
The liquid form should be shaken well before pouring each dose.
Chewable tablets are to be chewed thoroughly before swallowing.
Follow with a glass of water.
Non-chewable tablets should be swallowed whole followed with a glass of water.
This medication is generally well tolerated.
Loss of appetite, diarrhea or constipation may occur.
Notify your doctor if you vomit coffee ground-like material or if you have dark, tar-like stools.
If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Tell your doctor if you have any pre-existing stomach disorders, kidney disease or 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.
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.
Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take especially iron, tetracycline, oral antidiabetic medication and 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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