Gelusil

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Generic Name: Gelusil Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available.

Uses

What is Gelusil® used for?

Gelusil® is commonly used to ease too much gas in the stomach. It is used to treat heartburn and upset stomach. It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.

How should I take Gelusil®?

Use this medicine as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

Take Gelusil® after meals and at bedtime or as you have been told by your doctor.

Chew well before swallowing.

How do I store Gelusil®?

Gelusil® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Gelusil® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Gelusil® that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Gelusil® down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Gelusil®?

Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
  • You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of Gelusil® or other medications.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
  • You have kidney problems.

Tell all of your health care providers that you take this medicine. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.

If you are on a low-magnesium diet, talk with your doctor.

Do not take Gelusil® for longer than you were told by your doctor.

This medicine may prevent other drugs taken by mouth from getting into the body. If you take other drugs by mouth, you may need to take them at some other time than this medicine. Talk with your doctor.

If you have phenylketonuria (PKU), talk with your doctor. Some products have phenylalanine.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using Gelusil® while you are pregnant.

Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There isn’t enough information about the safety of using Gelusil® during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Gelusil®.

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Gelusil®?

Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Hard stools (constipation).
  • Loose stools (diarrhea).

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with Gelusil®?

Gelusil® may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Does food or alcohol interact with Gelusil®?

Gelusil® may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with Gelusil®?

Gelusil® may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using this Gelusil®.

What is the dose of Gelusil® for an adult?

Usual Adult Dose for Dyspepsia

Initial:

Al hydroxide/Mg hydroxide/simethicone 400 mg-400 mg-40 mg to 1600 mg-1600 mg-160 mg four times daily.

The maximum daily dose is 4800 mg-4800 mg-480 mg four times a day.

Usual Adult Dose for Flatulence

Initial:

Al hydroxide/Mg hydroxide/simethicone 400 mg-400 mg-40 mg to 1600 mg-1600 mg-160 mg four times daily.

The maximum daily dose is 4800 mg-4800 mg-480 mg four times a day.

What is the dose of Gelusil® for a child?

Usual Pediatric Dose for Dyspepsia

>12 years: Al hydroxide/Mg hydroxide/simethicone 400 mg-400 mg-40 mg to 800 mg-800 mg-80 mg four times daily.

The maximum daily dose is 4800 mg-4800 mg-480 mg four times a day.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Flatulence

>12 years: Al hydroxide/Mg hydroxide/simethicone 400 mg-400 mg-40 mg to 800 mg-800 mg-80 mg four times daily.

The maximum daily dose is 4800 mg-4800 mg-480 mg four times a day.

How is Gelusil® available?

Gelusil® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Tablet

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Gelusil®, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Review Date: October 19, 2017 | Last Modified: October 21, 2017