Diovol Plus

Brand Name:Amphojel, Diovol, Diovol Ex, Gaviscon Heartburn Relief Formula, Gelusil, Mucaine, Mylanta

Prescription needed: No

What is this drug used for?

Aluminum hydroxide is an antacid used to relieve mild heartburn and indigestion. It is often found in combination with other antacids (e.g. magnesium hydroxide) to decrease the chance of having stomach side effects.

Is there any reason not to take this drug?

You should not take this drug if you are allergic to it. Before taking this medication, tell your doctor specifically if you have or have ever had:

  • bone disease
  • constipation
  • stomach bleeding or problems with an inflammation of your esophagus (esophagitis)
  • problems with your kidney
  • problems with low phosphate levels in your blood

What about possible side effects?

The most common side effects to this medication include:
  • constipation

This side effect is less with lower doses and may decrease with time. Discuss dosing with your doctor or pharmacist and always take as directed.

Other less common and possibly severe side effects include:

  • nausea and vomiting
  • muscle weakness and bone pain (this may be due to low phosphate levels; contact your doctor immediately if you experience these symptoms)
  • confusion, excessive tiredness (this is rare and only a risk when your kidneys are not working properly)

This is not a complete list of side effects. If you are concerned about these or other unusual symptoms while taking this medication, ask your doctor and/or pharmacist for more information and advice.

What if I am taking other drugs?

Always provide your doctor with a list of all other drugs you are taking (including over-the-counter medications and herbal/natural products) as they may interact and may change the safety or effectiveness of either drug.

This medication can interfere with how many medications work because aluminum hydroxide will attach itself to other medications and prevent it from being absorbed into the body. If you are taking other medications, talk to your pharmacist about the best time to take the different medications since you will have to separate the aluminum hydroxide from other medications by 1-6 hours.

Tell your doctor specifically if you are taking any of these drugs as he/she may need to make changes or monitor you more closely:

  • tetracycline, ciprofloxacin, gatifloxican, sparfloxacin, levofloxacin
  • digoxin
  • iron
  • alendronate, etidronate, risedronate
  • levothyroxine

This is not a complete list of drug interactions. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to review your list of medications.

Other information:

Aluminum hydroxide should not be taken for more than four consecutive weeks without speaking to your doctor. Extended use can create weakened bones leading to fractures due to lowered levels of phosphate and calcium.

Children: Can be used. Lower doses are necessary. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

Seniors: Can be used. May be more sensitive to the side effect of constipation

Pregnancy: Can be used safely.

Women who are nursing: Can be used. No evidence of risk.

People who drive or operate machinery: No known problems.

Overdose: If you experience any unusual reactions or if you seriously exceed the recommended dosage, call your doctor or 911.

Stopping the drug: If you are using antacids for indigestion or heartburn, you can stop taking them as soon as your symptoms go away. If you are using for high phosphate levels in your blood (hyperphosphatemia) due to kidney failure, do not stop taking aluminum hydroxide without first consulting your doctor.

If you miss a dose: Skip missed dose and take your next scheduled dose. Do not double dose.

Storage conditions: Closed container; cool, dry location away from excess moisture (not in the bathroom); direct light, always out of reach of children.

Alcohol: No known problems. If you drink, always drink in moderation.

Dietary Precautions: In the case of hyperphosphatemia, a low-phosphate diet may be recommended.