Alginic Acid Pharmacology

Alginic Acid

About Alginic Acid
Naturally occurring hydrophilic colloidal polysaccharide, Protective agent against GERDs.
Mechanism of Action of Alginic Acid
This naturally occurring hydrophilic colloidal polysaccharide obtained from Sargassum Seaweeds reacts with saliva and produces a foamy froth that layers on the liquid in the stomach. Alginic acid powder swells when wetted with water. This may prevent reflux of acid into the esophagus by keeping the gastric contents in place and reduce the likelihood of reflux irritating the lining of the esophagus. The sodium calcium alginate fibres in haemostatic wound dressings absorbed by body fluids, as the calcium in the fiber is exchanged for sodium from the body fluids mixed salts of sodium and calcium alginate, and processed into non-woven fabric that is used in wound dressings. It binds with heavy metals and radioactive substances to its own molecules. It cannot be broken down by bile or saliva to be absorbed and secreted from the body together with heavy metals and radioactive substances.
Pharmacokinets of Alginic Acid
When ingested, almost all of the alginic acid remains undigested and is excreted either unchanged or as an alginate.
Onset of Action for Alginic Acid
Duration of Action for Alginic Acid
30 to 60 minutes
Half Life of Alginic Acid
Side Effects of Alginic Acid
1. Abdominal distension
2. Flatulence
3. Chalky taste in your mouth
4. Constipation
5. Diarrhea
6. Nausea
7. Vomiting.
Contra-indications of Alginic Acid
1. Hypersensitivity to the drug
2. Heart failure.
3. Renal failure.
Special Precautions while taking Alginic Acid
1.Allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
2.Alzheimer disease
5.Stomach blockage
6.Kidney problems
7.Liver problems
9.Congestive heart failure
10.Decreased urination
11.Fluid retention
12.Rectal bleeding of unknown cause
13.Recently had stomach bleeding
14.Patient on low salt diet
Pregnancy Related Information
Use with caution
Old Age Related Information
Use with caution
Breast Feeding Related Information
Use with caution
Children Related Information
Use with caution
Indications for Alginic Acid
1. Heartburn (including heartburn of pregnancy)
2. Dyspepsia
3. Reflux oesophagitis
4. Hiatus hernia.
5. Protect inflamed areas near the entrance to the stomach (Sodium alginate)

Interactions for Alginic Acid
Typical Dosage for Alginic Acid
Take the drug as directed by the physician.
Schedule of Alginic Acid
Storage Requirements for Alginic Acid
Store below 25?C in a tightly closed container.
Effects of Missed Dosage of Alginic Acid
Take the missed dose as soon as noticed and if it is the time for next dose then skip the missed dose. Continue the regular schedule. Do not double the dose.
Effects of Overdose of Alginic Acid
Give symptomatic and supportive treatment.

Home Delivery for Alginic Acid in Your City

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Alginic Acid is a generic medicine name and there are several brands available for it. Some of the brands for alginic acid might be better known than alginic acid itself. If the pharmacy that's willing to deliver medicines to your home doesn't have alginic acid in stock, you can ask for one of the branded alternatives for alginic acid.