The maximum recommended daily dosage of this product is 80 mL (16 teaspoonfuls). Do not take more than this dosage in a 24-hour period or use this dosage for more than 2 weeks except under the advice and supervision of a physician. Do not use this product except under the advice and supervision of a physician if you have kidney disease. As with any drug, if you are pregnant or nursing a baby, seek the advice of a health professional before using this product.
Prolonged use of aluminum-containing antacids in patients with renal failure may result in or worsen dialysis osteomalacia. Elevated tissue aluminum levels contribute to the development of the dialysis encephalopathy and osteomalacia syndromes. Small amounts of aluminum are absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract and renal excretion of aluminum is impaired in renal failure. Aluminum is not well removed by dialysis because it is bound to albumin and transferrin, which do not cross dialysis membranes. As a result, aluminum is deposited in bone, and dialysis osteomalacia may develop when large amounts of aluminum are ingested orally by patients with impaired renal function.
Aluminum forms insoluble complexes with phosphate in the gastrointestinal tract, thus decreasing phosphate absorption. Prolonged use of aluminum-containing antacids by normophosphatemic patients may result in hypophosphatemia if phosphate intake is not adequate. In its more severe forms, hypophosphatemia can lead to anorexia, malaise, muscle weakness, and osteomalacia.
KEEP THIS AND ALL DRUGS OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN.
DRUG INTERACTION PRECAUTION
Ask a doctor or pharmacist before use if you are presently taking a prescription drug. Antacids may interact with certain prescription drugs.