Alginic acid is primarily used to treat conditions such as dyspepsia, heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux, and epigastric and retrosternal pain.
What is Alginic acid?
Alginic acid works by creating a foam barrier in order to prevent substances in the stomach from returning back to the esophagus. In particular, scintigraphic studies have clearly shown that the stomach’s contents tend to float.
How should Alginic acid be taken?
Alginic acid is typically administered orally in the form of solutions or tablets.
Side effects associated with Alginic acid
Among the possible side effects of alginic acid include the following:
- Stomach swelling
- Heart failure
It is important to contact a doctor immediately if you experience:
- Difficulty breathing
- Tightness in the chest
- Swelling of the mouth, face, lips or tongue
Contraindications and warnings associated with the use of Alginic acid
Alginic acid may be contraindicated in case of renal dysfunction and geriatric patients.
Before starting treatment with alginic acid, it is important to tell your doctor if:
- You have any allergies to the active substance, its excipients, or to any other drugs, food and various substances
- You are taking any other medications, herbal remedies or supplements. Mentioning in particular: simethicone and tetracyclines
- You are suffering (or have suffered) from kidney problems, kidney disease or diabetes
- You are pregnant or breast-feeding