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Gelusil is an antacid and anti-gas medication used to treat symptoms of heartburn, acid indigestion, upset stomach, bloating caused by gas, and stomach discomfort caused by overeating. It contains a combination of aluminum hydroxide, magnesium hydroxide, and simethicone, which work together to neutralize stomach acid and break up gas bubbles in the digestive tract.
Uses and Dosage
Gelusil is available in different forms, including chewable tablets that may be used as a rescue treatment for immediate heartburn relief. As with any medication, follow the instructions on the label and consult a healthcare provider as needed. To use Gelusil tablet, take it by mouth usually after meals and at bedtime as needed. Gelusil chewable tablets need to be chewed thoroughly before swallowing with a full glass of water.
The dosage may vary depending on the age of the patient and the severity of the symptoms. Adults and children 12 years of age and older can chew 2 to 4 tablets. Repeat hourly if symptoms return or as directed by a physician. Do not take more than 12 tablets in a 24-hour period or use the maximum dosage for more than 2 weeks, except under the advice and supervision of a physician.
Gelusil should be stored in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat. As always, consult a healthcare provider if symptoms persist or worsen.
Common Side Effects of Gelusil (Auminum Hydroxide/magnesium Hydroxide – Non-Rx):
- Black/tarry stools
- Mental/mood changes (e.g., confusion, deep sleep)
- Pain with urination
- Stomach/abdominal pain
- Vomit that looks like coffee grounds
Serious Side Effects of Gelusil (Auminum Hydroxide/magnesium Hydroxide – Non-Rx):
- Chalky taste
- Constipation (this could lead to hemorrhoids or bowel obstruction),
- Fecal impaction
- Low blood phosphates (hypophosphatemia)
- Milk-alkali syndrome
- Rebound hyperacidity
- Softening of the bones
- stomach cramps
Form and Strength
Gelusil (Auminum Hydroxide/magnesium Hydroxide – Non-Rx) is available in the following forms and strength
- Elderly patients are more likely to have age-related kidney problems, so Gelusil should be used with caution in patients with renal impairment or kidney disease.
- Gelusil may interact with certain medications, inform your doctor or pharmacist of all the medications you are taking, including prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, and herbal supplements.
- Do not take more than the maximum dose recommended on the medicine label. Do not take Gelusil tablet at maximum doses for longer than 2 weeks in a row.
- Ask a doctor before use if you have kidney disease or are on a magnesium-restricted diet.
- Keep Gelusil and all drugs out of the reach of children. If pregnant or breast-feeding, ask a health professional before use.
- Gelusil may cause constipation, especially with prolonged use or in elderly patients.
- Gelusil may cause a buildup of aluminum in the body, which can be harmful in patients with kidney problems, especially those on dialysis.
- Gelusil should be used with caution in pregnant or breastfeeding women, as its effects in these populations have not been well studied.
- Gelusil should not be used in patients with a history of allergic reaction to any of its ingredients.
- Gelusil should not be used as a long-term treatment for acid reflux or GERD, as it only provides temporary relief and may mask more serious underlying issues.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Gelusil is an antacid and anti-gas medication used to relieve heartburn, acid indigestion, and gas. Gelusil works by neutralizing the acid in the stomach, which helps relieve heartburn and acid indigestion.
What is the recommended dose of Gelusil?
The recommended dose of Gelusil is 2-4 tablets per dose, up to a maximum of 16 tablets per day.
Can Gelusil be taken with other medications?
Talk to a doctor or pharmacist before taking Gelusil with other medications, as there may be interactions.
How quickly does Gelusil work?
Gelusil typically works within a few minutes to relieve symptoms of heartburn and acid indigestion.
Can Gelusil be used during pregnancy or while breastfeeding?
Talk to a doctor before using Gelusil during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, as there may be potential risks.
It's important to purchase Gelusil from verified Canadian pharmacy.