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Alginic acid or alginic acid is  a drug to relieve symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) . This drug will generally be combined with other antacids, such as aluminum hydroxide and magnesium hydroxide.

Alginic acid is a natural polysaccharide processed from brown seaweed. To help relieve GERD symptoms, this drug will work by forming a protective layer in the stomach and blocking stomach acid from rising into the esophagus, so that the symptoms of stomach acid can subside.

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What is Alginic Acid

group Prescription drug
Category Antacid
Benefit Relieve symptoms of acid reflux disease or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
Consumed by Adults and children 12 years and over
Alginic acid for pregnant and lactating women Category N:  Not yet categorized.

It is not yet known whether alginic acid can be absorbed into breast milk or not. If you are breastfeeding, do not use this medicine without consulting your doctor first.

Drug form Tablets, chewable tablets and liquid

Warning Before Consuming Alginic Acid 

Alginic acid must be consumed according to a doctor's prescription. The following are some things you need to pay attention to before consuming alginic acid:

  • Do not take alginic acid if you are allergic to this drug. Tell your doctor about any history of allergies you have.
  • Tell your doctor if you have or have had kidney disease, heart disease, phenylketonuria (PKU),  intestinal obstruction , hemorrhoids, urinary retention , electrolyte disturbances, or alcoholism .
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning a pregnancy.
  • Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, including supplements or herbal products.
  • See your doctor immediately if you have an allergic reaction to a drug or an overdose after taking alginic acid.

Dosage and Rules for Using Alginic Acid

The dose of alginic acid is determined based on the age, condition of the patient, and the body's response to the drug. In general, the following are alginate doses for relief of GERD in adults and children over 12 years of age:

  • Alginic acid tablets or chewable tablets
    The dose is 1–3 tablets, 3–4 times daily for up to 14 days.
  • Liquid alginic acid The
    dose is 10–20 ml, 3–4 times a day.

Alginic acid can also be combined with other antacids, H2 antagonist class drugs, or proton pump inhibitors.

How to Consume Alginic Acid Correctly

Consume alginic acid according to doctor 's advice and don't forget to read the information on the drug packaging. Do not add or reduce the dose, and do not use the drug for more than the recommended time.

Consumption of alginic acid regularly at the same time every day. Alginic acid should be taken 1 hour after meals or before bedtime. Swallow the medicine with the help of a glass of water.

If you are taking alginic acid in liquid form, be sure to shake it well before consuming it.

If you forget to take alginic acid, take it immediately if the break with the next consumption schedule is not too close. If it is close, ignore it and do not double the dose.

Take control and follow the doctor's recommendations while undergoing treatment with alginic acid. Do not stop medication without consulting your doctor first.

Store alginic acid in a dry, covered place, and avoid exposure to direct sunlight. Keep this drug out of reach of children.

Interactions of Alginic Acid with Other Drugs

The use of alginic acid with certain drugs can cause drug interactions, such as decreased effectiveness of  levothyroxine , dolutegravir, digoxin , eltrombopag, or antibiotics, such as tetracycline, or quinolones  .

Alginic acid is often found in combination products with antacids, such as aluminum hydroxide or magnesium hydroxide . To prevent drug interactions, talk to your doctor if you are taking certain medications, supplements, or herbal products, including aspirin, calcium supplements, bisphosphonates, or dolutegravir.

Side Effects and Dangers of Alginic Acid

Alginic acid rarely causes side effects if used according to the directions for use listed on the drug packaging. However, alginic acid is often found in combination with antacids.

Some of the side effects that can arise from the use of this combination product are nausea , constipation, diarrhea , or headaches.

Check with a doctor if this complaint does not subside or even gets worse. Call your doctor right away if you experience an allergic reaction to any medication after taking alginic acid or products containing this drug.

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