Sodium Alginate Pharmacology

Sodium Alginate

About Sodium Alginate
A hydrophilic colloidal polysaccharide, Added to an antacid as protective agent.
Mechanism of Action of Sodium Alginate
Sodium alginate is the sodium salt of alginic acid.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 Sodium Alginate
When ingested, Sodium alginate releases alginic acid and almost all of the alginic acid remains undigested and is excreted either unchanged or as an alginate.
Onset of Action for Sodium Alginate
Duration of Action for Sodium Alginate
30 to 60 minutes
Half Life of Sodium Alginate
Side Effects of Sodium Alginate
1. Abdominal distension
2. Flatulence
3. Chalky taste in your mouth
4. Constipation
5. Diarrhea
6. Nausea
7. Vomiting.
Contra-indications of Sodium Alginate
1. Hypersensitivity to the drug
2. Heart failure.
3. Renal failure.
Special Precautions while taking Sodium Alginate
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 Sodium Alginate
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 Sodium Alginate
Typical Dosage for Sodium Alginate
Take the drug as directed by the physician.
Schedule of Sodium Alginate
Storage Requirements for Sodium Alginate
Store below 25?C in a tightly closed container.
Effects of Missed Dosage of Sodium Alginate
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 Sodium Alginate
Give symptomatic and supportive treatment.

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