Magaldrate suspension

Generic Name: magaldrate (MAG-al-drate)
Brand Name: Examples include Ri-Mag and Ron-Acid.

Magaldrate suspension is used for:

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

Magaldrate suspension is an antacid. It works by neutralizing stomach acid and increasing the pH of the stomach.

Do NOT use magaldrate suspension if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in magaldrate suspension
  • you have a history of kidney problems
  • 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 magaldrate suspension:

Some medical conditions may interact with magaldrate suspension. 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 appendicitis, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, blockage of the bowel, rectal bleeding of unknown cause, kidney problems, or you have had bowel surgery

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

  • Oral blood thinners (eg, warfarin), citrate salts (found in some calcium supplements, antacids, and laxatives), or quinidine because their actions and side effects may be increased by magaldrate suspension
  • Bisphosphonates (eg, alendronic acid), cation exchange resins (eg, sodium polystyrene sulfonate), cephalosporins (eg, cefaclor), imidazoles (eg, fluconazole), mycophenolate, penicillamine, quinolones (eg, ciprofloxacin), tetracyclines (eg, doxycycline), or thyroid hormones because their effectiveness may be decreased by magaldrate suspension

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if magaldrate suspension 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 magaldrate suspension:

Use magaldrate suspension as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Magaldrate suspension may be taken with or without food.
  • Shake well before using.
  • If you miss a dose of magaldrate suspension and you are taking it regularly, take it as soon as possible. If several hours have passed or if it is nearing time for the next dose, do not double the dose to catch up, unless advised by your health care provider. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use magaldrate suspension.

Important safety information:

  • Do not exceed the recommended dose or use the maximum dose for more than 2 weeks without checking with your doctor.
  • Magaldrate suspension contains aluminum and magnesium. Before you begin taking any new prescription or over-the-counter medicine, read the ingredients to see if it also contains aluminum or magnesium. If it does or if you are uncertain, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: It is unknown if magaldrate suspension can cause harm to the fetus. If you become pregnant while taking magaldrate suspension, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using magaldrate suspension during pregnancy. Magaldrate suspension is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using magaldrate suspension, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of magaldrate suspension:

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; diarrhea; intestinal pain.

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); black, tarry stools; loss of appetite; muscle weakness; nausea; slow reflexes; vomiting; vomit that looks like coffee grounds.

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 magaldrate suspension:

Store magaldrate suspension 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 magaldrate suspension out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about magaldrate suspension, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Magaldrate suspension 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 magaldrate suspension 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 magaldrate suspension. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to magaldrate suspension. 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 magaldrate suspension.

Issue Date: December 3, 2014
Database Edition 14.4.1.003
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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