Varogel

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Uses

What is Varogel® used for?

Varogel® is commonly used for relieving the symptoms of indigestion, heartburn, sour stomach, and the discomfort caused by gas.

Dosage

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

What is the dose of Varogel® for an adult?

Consult your doctor for information about the dose of Varogel®.

Recommended doses in some cases are 10 ml taken 2-4 times per day.

What is the dose of Varogel® for a child?

The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Directions

How should I take Varogel®?

For orally taken form, you should:

  • Take Varogel® by mouth as directed by your doctor concerning: dose, schedule.
  • Read the label carefully before using Varogel®.
  • Consult your doctor for any information on the label that you do not clearly understand.

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 Varogel®, 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.

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Varogel®?

As taking others medicines, taking Varogel® can cause some side effects. Most of them are rarely occurring and do not need any supplementary treatment. However, it is always important for you to consult your doctor if you have any problem after taking this medicine.

Some of side effects are listed below:

  • Chalky taste;
  • Constipation;
  • Diarrhea;
  • Hemorrhoids;
  • Allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue;
  • Bone or joint aches and pains;
  • Confusion or irritability;
  • Headache;
  • Loss of appetite;
  • Nausea;
  • Vomiting;
  • Unusually weak or tired.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

Precautions/Warnings

What should I know before using Varogel®?

Before using Varogel®, tell your doctor if you have:

  • Allergic reaction: to Varogel®, excipients using for dosage form containing Varogel®. The information is detailed in the leaflet.
  • Allergic reaction to any other medicines, foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals.
  • Pediatric.
  • Geriatric.
  • Used any other health conditions, drugs that have a risk of interaction with Varogel® as listed below, such as:
  • Bowel, intestinal, or stomach disease;
  • Constipation;
  • Diarrhea;
  • Kidney disease;
  • Liver disease;
  • On a sodium (salt) restricted diet;
  • Stomach bleeding or obstruction;
  • An unusual or allergic reaction to aluminum hydroxide, magnesium hydroxide, simethicone, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • Pregnant or trying to get pregnant;
  • Breastfeeding;

Is it safe in specific conditions (e.g. pregnancy, breastfeeding, or surgery)?

There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using Varogel® during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Varogel®.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with Varogel®?

Varogel® 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.

Products may interact with Varogel®, include:

  • Amphetamine;
  • Antibiotics;
  • Captopril;
  • Delavirdine;
  • Gabapentin;
  • Heart medicines, such as digoxin or digitoxin;
  • Hyoscyamine;
  • Iron salts;
  • Isoniazid;
  • Medicines for breathing difficulties like ipratropium and tiotropium;
  • Medicines for diabetes;
  • Medicines for fungal infections like itraconazole and ketoconazole;
  • Medicines for osteoporosis like alendronate, etidronate, risedronate and tiludronate;
  • Medicines for overactive bladder like oxybutynin and tolterodine;
  • Medicines for seizures like ethotoin and phenytoin;
  • Methenamine;
  • Mycophenolate;
  • Pancrelipase;
  • Penicillamine;
  • Phenothiazines like chlorpromazine, mesoridazine, prochlorperazine, thioridazine;
  • Quinidine;
  • Rosuvastatin;
  • Sodium fluoride;
  • Sodium polystyrene sulfonate;
  • Sotalol;
  • Sucralfate;
  • Tacrolimus;
  • Thyroid hormones like levothyroxine;
  • Ursodiol;
  • Vitamin D;
  • Zalcitabine;

Does food or alcohol interact with Varogel®?

Varogel® 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.

How do I store Varogel®?

Varogel® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Varogel® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Varogel® 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 Varogel® 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.

How is Varogel® available?

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

  • Oral suspension containing aluminum hydroxide 4.596 g; magnesium hydroxide 2.668 g; simethicone 266 mg/10 ml.
  • Chewable tablet containing: aluminum hydroxide 200 mg; magnesium hydroxide 200 mg; simethicone 5 mg.
  • Chewable tablet containing aluminum hydroxide 178 mg, magnesium hydroxide 233 mg and simethicone 30 mg.

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

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Review Date: December 14, 2016 | Last Modified: December 19, 2019

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