• Pat Pat
    November 17, 2008
    Need an over the counter medicine that is a substitute for basal jel capsules.
    Pat Pat
    November 17, 2008

    Have not been able to locate basal jel capsules.  Do you know of an OTC medicine that is an aluminum carbonate jel or where to buy either the basal jel capsules or an aluminate carbonate jel capsule?  Patient is on kidney dialysis so this medicine is specific to his condition.  Thanks

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  • Vicki M
    Health Guide
    November 18, 2008
    Vicki M
    Health Guide
    November 18, 2008

    Hi Pat,


    The best person to ask would be either your doctor or your pharmacist. While online sites are great for getting information to help you ask the right questions, they can not take the place of a professional's advice.

     

    There is a section here about treatment for GERD and the various medications. You can read about that here. There is a section specifically for Alumina Conrbonates. See below:

     

    "They use combinations of three basic salts--magnesium, calcium, and aluminum--with hydroxide or bicarbonate ions to neutralize stomach acids. There are side effects of these medicines. Magnesium containing preparations can cause diarrhea; aluminum salts can cause constipation. Aluminum and magnesium salts are often combined in a single product to balance these effects."

     

    A list of these OTC medications is also included. "Alka-Seltzer, Maalox, Mylanta, Pepto-Bismol, Rolaids, Riopan, and Tums are the first drugs recommended to relieve heartburn and other mild GERD symptoms."

     

    Try using the word gel in your searches instead of jel.

     

    I hope this helps! Take care and stay in touch!

    Vicki M


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