Dihydroxyaluminum sodium chewable tablets

Generic Name: dihydroxyaluminum sodium (dye-hye-DROX-ee-a-LOO-mi-num SOE-dee-um)
Brand Name: Rolaids

Dihydroxyaluminum sodium chewable tablets is used for:

Treating acid indigestion, heartburn, and sour stomach. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Dihydroxyaluminum sodium chewable tablets is an antacid. It works by neutralizing acid in the stomach.

Do NOT use dihydroxyaluminum sodium chewable tablets if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in dihydroxyaluminum sodium chewable tablets
  • you are taking citrate salts (found in some calcium supplements, antacids, and laxatives)

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using dihydroxyaluminum sodium chewable tablets:

Some medical conditions may interact with dihydroxyaluminum sodium chewable tablets. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have Alzheimer disease, appendicitis, constipation, a blockage of your bowel, low blood phosphate levels, or kidney problems

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with dihydroxyaluminum sodium chewable tablets. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Cation exchange resins (eg, sodium polystyrene sulfonate) and citrate salts (found in some calcium supplements, antacids, and laxatives) because the actions and side effects of dihydroxyaluminum sodium chewable tablets may be increased
  • Bisphosphonates (eg, risedronate), cephalosporins (eg, cephalexin), imidazoles (eg, ketoconazole), mycophenolate, penicillamine, quinolones (eg, ciprofloxacin), tetracyclines (eg, doxycycline), or thyroid hormones (eg, levothyroxine) because the effectiveness of these medicines may be decreased, especially when taken at the same time as dihydroxyaluminum sodium chewable tablets

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if dihydroxyaluminum sodium chewable tablets may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use dihydroxyaluminum sodium chewable tablets:

Use dihydroxyaluminum sodium chewable tablets as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Dihydroxyaluminum sodium chewable tablets may be taken with or without food.
  • Chew thoroughly before swallowing.
  • Do not use dihydroxyaluminum sodium chewable tablets within 2 hours before or after taking a bisphosphonate (eg, risedronate), cephalosporin (eg, cephalexin), imidazole (eg, ketoconazole), or penicillamine because dihydroxyaluminum may decrease the effectiveness of these medicines.
  • If you miss a dose of dihydroxyaluminum sodium chewable tablets and you are taking it regularly, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use dihydroxyaluminum sodium chewable tablets.

Important safety information:

  • Do not exceed the recommended dose or use the maximum dose for more than 2 weeks without checking with your doctor.
  • If your symptoms do not improve within 2 weeks or if they become worse, or if you experience black, tarry stools or vomit that looks like coffee grounds, check with your doctor.
  • Dihydroxyaluminum sodium chewable tablets contains aluminum. Before you begin taking any new prescription or over-the-counter medicine, read the ingredients to see if it also contains aluminum. If it does or if you are uncertain, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: It is unknown if dihydroxyaluminum sodium chewable tablets can cause harm to the fetus. If you become pregnant while taking dihydroxyaluminum sodium chewable tablets, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using dihydroxyaluminum sodium chewable tablets during pregnancy. It is unknown if dihydroxyaluminum sodium chewable tablets is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using dihydroxyaluminum sodium chewable tablets, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of dihydroxyaluminum sodium chewable tablets:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Constipation.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); loss of appetite; muscle weakness; nausea; slow reflexes; vomiting.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of dihydroxyaluminum sodium chewable tablets:

Store dihydroxyaluminum sodium chewable tablets in a tightly closed container at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep dihydroxyaluminum sodium chewable tablets out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about dihydroxyaluminum sodium chewable tablets, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Dihydroxyaluminum sodium chewable tablets is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take dihydroxyaluminum sodium chewable tablets or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about dihydroxyaluminum sodium chewable tablets. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to dihydroxyaluminum sodium chewable tablets. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using dihydroxyaluminum sodium chewable tablets.

Issue Date: July 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.001
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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