Maalox (Magnesium Hydroxide – Aluminum Hydroxide)


Novartis Consumer Health

Magnesium Hydroxide – Aluminum Hydroxide


Indications And Clinical Uses: For the treatment and relief of the symptoms of peptic ulcer, gastritis and hyperacidity.

Contra-Indications: Not to be given to patients who are severely debilitated or suffering from kidney failure, alkalosis or hypermagnesemia.

Precautions: Magnesium salts, in the presence of renal insufficiency, may cause CNS depression. Aluminum hydroxide, in the presence of low phosphorus diets, may cause phosphorus deficiency. Aluminum salts tend to cause constipation.

Antacids can interfere with the absorption of iron preparations and/or tetracyclines.

Symptoms And Treatment Of Overdose: Symptoms: Diarrhea is the only symptom of overdosage to be expected in the normal patient. In the presence of marked renal insufficiency, the possibility of magnesium intoxication exists; which will be manifested by dryness of mouth, drowsiness, stupor and respiratory depression.

Treatment: Massive overdosage should be treated by gastric lavage and by catharsis with castor oil or other laxatives not containing magnesium. Should symptoms of magnesium intoxication be present, calcium gluconate should be administered i.v.

Dosage And Administration: Suspension: Adults, 10 to 20 mL taken 20 minutes to 1 hour after meals and upon retiring. May be mixed with water or milk. In gastritis, however, undiluted administration is recommended.

Tablets: Adults, 1 or 2 tablets, well chewed, 20 minutes to 1 hour after meals and at bedtime. May be followed with milk or water.

Availability And Storage: Suspension: Each 5 mL of mint-flavored, or cherry-flavored, creamy, colloidal suspension contains: magnesium hydroxide 200 mg, aluminum hydroxide dried gel USP 225 mg (equivalent to 172 mg aluminum hydroxide). Nonmedicinal ingredients: calcium saccharin flavors, guar gum, methylparaben, propylparaben, sorbitol and water. Energy: 3.86 kJ (0.22 kcal)/5 mL. Sodium:
Tablets: Each round, flat-faced, beveled, white (mint-flavored) or pink (cherry-flavored), chewable tablet, engraved “Maalox” on one side and on the other side, contains: magnesium hydroxide 200 mg and aluminum hydroxide dried gel USP 200 mg (equivalent to 153 mg aluminum hydroxide). Nonmedicinal ingredients: flavors, glycerin, magnesium stearate, mannitol, sodium saccharin, sorbitol and talc. Energy: 4.9 kJ (1.18 kcal). Sodium:

MAALOX® Novartis Consumer Health Magnesium Hydroxide – Aluminum Hydroxide Antacid

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