Alu-cap belongs to a group of medicines called antacids.
Alu-cap can be used for the relief of indigestion. It neutralises the acid in the stomach and helps to protect the stomach lining from acid irritation.
Alu-cap may also be used to reduce the amount of phosphate ions absorbed by the body from the diet.
This helps to reduce the levels of phosphate in the blood which is important in patients with certain kidney diseases.
Do not take Alu-cap:
if you are allergic to aluminium hydroxide
if you are allergic to other ingredients of Alu-cap (listed in section 6)
if you have low levels of phosphate in your body (hypophosphataemia)
if you have a blood disorder called porphyria.
This medicine should not be used as an antacid in children under 12 years of age.
Check with your doctor before taking Alu-cap:
if you have kidney failure or are on dialysis.
Tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following medicines:
Alu-cap may affect how much of these medicines get into your body.
if you are taking antibiotics, e.g. tetracycline, ampicillin, co-trimoxaxole
if you are taking iron supplements, e.g. ferrous sulphate
if you are taking heart medications, e.g. digoxin, quinidine
if you are taking pain relief medicines, e.g. indometacin, phenybutazone
if you are taking anti-arthritis medicines, e.g. naproxen
if you are taking vitamins
Any other medicine, including medicines obtained without a prescription.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant of breast feeding, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking Alu-cap.
How to take Alu-cap
Always take Alu-cap exactly as your doctor has told you. You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Your doctor will choose the dose that is right for you. Your dose will be shown clearly on the label that your pharmacist puts on your medicine. If it does not, or you are not sure, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Remember: The capsules should be taken with meals with a glass of water.
To reduce phosphate levels:
Adults and children (over 12 years age)
The usual dose is one capsule taken four times per day. This maybe increased by your doctor to five capsules taken four times a day (a total of 20 capsules per day).
If you are taking Alu-cap for a long time, your doctor may regularly check the phosphate or aluminium level in your blood.
The usual dose is one capsule four times during the day and one at bedtime.
If you take more Alu-cap than you should
Do not take more Alu-cap than you should. If you accidentally take too much immediately go to the nearest hospital casualty department or your doctor. Your doctor may wash out your stomach and give you a mild laxative.
If you forget to take Alu-cap
Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed dose. Simply take the next dose as planned. If you have further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
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