calcium carbonate, magnesium hydroxide, and simethicone
Generic Name: calcium carbonate, magnesium hydroxide, and simethicone (KAL see um KAR boe nate, mag NEE zee um hye DROX ide, and sye METH i kone)
Brand Name: Mylanta Tonight
What is calcium carbonate, magnesium hydroxide, and simethicone?
Calcium and magnesium are naturally occurring minerals that are necessary for many systems in the body. Calcium and magnesium are sometimes used as antacids to relieve heartburn, acid indigestion, and upset stomach.
Simethicone allows gas bubbles in the stomach and intestines to come together more easily, which allows for easier passage of gas.
Calcium carbonate, magnesium hydroxide, and simethicone is a combination antacid, anti-gas medicine used to treat heartburn, indigestion, gas and bloating, or stomach discomfort caused by overeating.
Calcium carbonate, magnesium hydroxide, and simethicone may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What is the most important information I should know about calcium carbonate, magnesium hydroxide, and simethicone?
Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking calcium carbonate, magnesium hydroxide, and simethicone?
Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to use this medicine if you have other medical conditions, especially:
kidney disease; or
a condition for which you need to limit your intake of magnesium.
It is not known whether calcium carbonate, magnesium hydroxide, and simethicone will harm an unborn baby. Do not use this medicine without a doctor's advice if you are pregnant.
It is not known whether calcium carbonate, magnesium hydroxide, and simethicone passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medicine without a doctor's advice if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Do not give this medicine to a child younger than 12 years old without a doctor's advice.
How should I take calcium carbonate, magnesium hydroxide, and simethicone?
Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Calcium carbonate, magnesium hydroxide, and simethicone is usually taken between meals, at bedtime, or as directed by your doctor.
Shake well just before you measure a dose. Measure liquid medicine with the dosing cup provided, or with a marked measuring spoon.
Do not use this medicine for longer than 2 weeks, unless your doctor tells you to.
Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Do not freeze.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Since calcium carbonate, magnesium hydroxide, and simethicone is used when needed, you may not be on a dosing schedule. Do not take more than 6 doses in a 24-hour period.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
What should I avoid while taking calcium carbonate, magnesium hydroxide, and simethicone?
Avoid taking other medications at the same time you take an antacid. Some antacids can make it harder for your body to absorb certain drugs, making them less effective. Take your other medications at least 2 hours before or 2 hours after you take calcium carbonate, magnesium hydroxide, and simethicone.
The ingredients in this medicine are contained in many other combination medicines. Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using any other stomach medicine or antacid. Taking certain products together can cause you to get too much of a certain medicine.
Calcium carbonate, magnesium hydroxide, and simethicone side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
See also: Side effects (in more detail)
What other drugs will affect calcium carbonate, magnesium hydroxide, and simethicone?
Other drugs may interact with calcium carbonate, magnesium hydroxide, and simethicone, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use now and any medicine you start or stop using.
Where can I get more information?
- Your pharmacist can provide more information about calcium carbonate, magnesium hydroxide, and simethicone.
- Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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Date modified: November 30, 2016
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