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Aluminum Hydroxide 80 mg/Cimetidine 1.2 mg Oral Capsules

Aluminum Hydroxide 80 mg/Cimetidine 1.2 mg Oral Capsules are a solid dosage form, consisting of two gelatin or vegetarian shells that enclose the active ingredients. This formulation is designed for easy swallowing and ensures a precise dosage of Aluminum Hydroxide and Cimetidine. Aluminum Hydroxide is an antacid used to neutralize stomach acid, while Cimetidine is a histamine blocker used to reduce stomach acid production. Together, they effectively treat conditions such as heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and stomach ulcers.

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Formula Information

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This formulation combines Aluminum Hydroxide and Cimetidine in an oral capsule form. Aluminum Hydroxide is an antacid that works by neutralizing the acid in the stomach to relieve symptoms such as heartburn and indigestion. Cimetidine, on the other hand, is a type of antihistamine that blocks the production of acid in the stomach. It is commonly used to treat and prevent ulcers in the stomach and intestines and to treat conditions in which the stomach produces too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.

The oral capsule form is a solid dosage form composed of two gelatin or vegetarian shells that enclose the medication. This allows for convenient and easy swallowing and provides a precise dosage of the active ingredients. The capsule form also offers the advantage of masking the taste of the medication, which can be particularly beneficial for medications with an unpleasant taste.

It is important to note that while this formulation can help manage symptoms, it does not cure the underlying conditions. It is also not suitable for everyone. Patients with certain medical conditions or who are taking certain other medications may not be able to use this formulation. Therefore, it is important to discuss your medical history and any other medications you are taking with your healthcare provider before starting this medication.

As with any medication, this formulation can cause side effects. Common side effects may include constipation, diarrhea, and nausea. If these side effects persist or worsen, or if you experience any serious side effects such as mental/mood changes, irregular heartbeat, or signs of infection, seek medical attention immediately.

For prescribers, it is important to consider the patient's overall health status, other medications, and potential drug interactions when prescribing this formulation. Regular monitoring may be necessary to ensure the medication is working effectively and to monitor for potential side effects.

If you have any questions about this formulation, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Our team of knowledgeable compounding pharmacists at Bayview Pharmacy is always here to help.

Drug Interactions

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Aluminum Hydroxide and Cimetidine are two active ingredients that are used together in this formulation to treat conditions such as heartburn, acid indigestion, and stomach ulcers. Aluminum Hydroxide is an antacid that works by neutralizing the acid in the stomach, while Cimetidine is a histamine-2 blocker that reduces the amount of acid produced by the stomach.

While this combination can be effective, it's important to be aware of potential drug interactions. Certain medications may interact with Aluminum Hydroxide and Cimetidine, affecting how they work or increasing the risk of side effects.

Aluminum Hydroxide can interact with certain antibiotics (e.g., tetracyclines, quinolones), preventing them from being fully absorbed by the body. If you are taking an antibiotic, it's recommended to take it at least 2 hours before or after Aluminum Hydroxide.

Cimetidine can interact with a variety of medications, including certain antidepressants, anti-fungal drugs, blood thinners, heart medications, and other stomach acid reducers. It can either increase or decrease the effects of these medications. For example, it can increase the effects of warfarin, leading to an increased risk of bleeding. On the other hand, it can decrease the effects of certain drugs like clopidogrel, making them less effective.

It's also important to note that both Aluminum Hydroxide and Cimetidine can interact with alcohol, increasing the risk of stomach bleeding and liver damage. Therefore, it's recommended to limit alcohol consumption while taking this medication.

Always inform your healthcare provider about all the medications, supplements, and herbal products you are currently taking before starting this medication. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.

Remember, this is not a complete list of possible drug interactions. If you have any questions or concerns about drug interactions, please reach out to us at Bayview Pharmacy. We are a team of knowledgeable compounding pharmacists who are here to help you understand your medications better.

How Does it Work

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Aluminum Hydroxide 80 mg/Cimetidine 1.2 mg Oral Capsules are a combination medication that works by reducing the amount of acid produced in the stomach. This formulation is designed to treat conditions where the stomach produces too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and ulcers.

Aluminum Hydroxide is an antacid that works by neutralizing the acid in the stomach. It reacts with stomach acid to produce a salt and water, thereby reducing the acidity in the stomach. This helps to relieve symptoms such as heartburn and indigestion caused by excess stomach acid.

Cimetidine, on the other hand, is a type of medication known as an H2 blocker. It works by blocking histamine receptors in the stomach lining. Histamine is a chemical that stimulates the cells in the stomach to produce acid. By blocking the action of histamine, Cimetidine reduces the amount of acid produced by these cells. This helps to prevent ulcers and to relieve heartburn and indigestion symptoms.

The two active ingredients are enclosed in a gelatin or vegetarian shell to form a capsule. This allows for convenient and easy swallowing, and provides a precise dosage of the active ingredients. The capsule dissolves in the stomach, releasing the medication for absorption into the bloodstream.

It's important to note that while this medication can help manage symptoms, it does not cure the underlying condition causing the overproduction of stomach acid. It's also not suitable for everyone, including people with certain kidney conditions, and may interact with other medications. Therefore, it's important to discuss your medical history and any other medications you're taking with your healthcare provider before starting this medication.

If you have any questions about Aluminum Hydroxide 80 mg/Cimetidine 1.2 mg Oral Capsules, or if you would like more information about how this medication works or its suitability for you, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at Bayview Pharmacy. Our knowledgeable team of compounding pharmacists is always here to help.

Other Uses

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Aluminum Hydroxide 80 mg/Cimetidine 1.2 mg Oral Capsules may be used primarily to manage and prevent the symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease and peptic ulcer disease, thanks to its composition of two active ingredients. Aluminum hydroxide, being an antacid, works by neutralizing and reducing stomach acid whereas cimetidine, an H2 blocker, inhibits the production of acid in the stomach.

Aside from Acid-related disorders, these capsules could provide symptomatic relief in other conditions where stomach acid is an irritant. For example, they can be used to help alleviate heartburn symptoms, including the discomfort and burning sensation in the chest or throat caused by acid reflux. Also, Aluminum Hydroxide can be used as a phosphate binder in patients with chronic renal failure thus decreasing phosphate absorption and maintaining appropriate phosphate levels in the body.

It's notable that Cimetidine has some antiandrogenic effects and has been studied as a possible treatment alternative in certain androgen-dependant conditions like hirsutism in women and benign prostatic hyperplasia in men, although your doctor should be consulted for these specific uses.

The combined formulation may be an effective measure in discomfort following meals, spicy or fat-rich food, alcohol, and caffeine, known to increase stomach acid. It could also bring relief to occasional bouts of indigestion

This formulation, however, may not be suitable for every patient due to some potential side effects and interactions. These could include the possibility of altering the absorption of other medication or supplements, given its impact on stomach acid. Talk to your healthcare provider for a customized treatment plan and to ensure these capsules are right for you.

If you have any questions or need further information about these or other uses for the Aluminum Hydroxide 80 mg/Cimetidine 1.2 mg Oral Capsules or any other medication, please reach out to our team at Bayview Pharmacy. We are here to assist you in any possible way we can and to help ensure your medication needs are met in the best and safest way.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What are Aluminum Hydroxide 80 mg/Cimetidine 1.2 mg oral capsules?

Aluminum Hydroxide 80 mg/Cimetidine 1.2 mg Oral Capsules are a type of medication used to treat certain stomach and esophagus conditions such as heartburn and ulcers. The medication is enclosed in two gelatin or vegetarian shells to allow for easy swallowing and a precise dosage of the active ingredients.

Why are these capsules solid?

The capsules are solid to ensure they can be safely and easily swallowed by the patient. The solid form also makes it possible to precisely control the dosage of the active ingredients, ensuring each capsule contains exactly the right amount of medication.

What are the capsules made of?

The capsules are made of either gelatin or a vegetarian alternative. These materials are designed to easily dissolve in the stomach, releasing the medication for absorption by the body.

How can I tell if my capsules are vegetarian right?

You need to refer to the product packaging or insert, or consult your pharmacist or healthcare provider. Vegetarian capsules are usually labeled as such, but if you have any doubts, it's always best to ask.

What is the best way to take these capsules?

These capsules should be taken by mouth as directed by your healthcare provider. The dosage will depend on your medical condition and response to the treatment. It is important to take the medication regularly at the same time each day for the best effect.

Are there any side effects of Aluminum Hydroxide 80 mg/Cimetidine 1.2 mg oral capsules?

As with any medication, there can be side effects. These could include headache, dizziness, or constipation. If any of these side effects persist or worsen, it is advised to get in touch with your healthcare provider immediately.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it's near the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule. Do not double up the dose to catch up.

Can I break or crush the capsules if they're too large to swallow?

No, the capsules should not be broken, crushed, or chewed before swallowing. Doing so could release all of the drug at once, increasing the risk of side effects. If swallowing the capsule is a concern, consult your healthcare provider for advice.

How should these capsules be stored?

The capsules should be stored at room temperature, away from light and moisture. Do not store it in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets.

Can I drink alcohol while taking these capsules?

Alcohol may interact with this medication and lead to potential side effects. It's recommended to limit your alcohol consumption or avoid it entirely while taking this medication. Always consult your healthcare provider if you have any doubts or questions.

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