ALKASOL Syrup – Uses, Dosage and Possible Side Effects

What is Alkasol Syrup?

Alkasol syrup is an alkalinizing medicine. It is generally prescribed for the treatment of uric acid stones, burning micturition, UTI (Urinary tract infections), kidney stones, alkalinization of urine and other medical conditions. It is also helpful in the treatment and prevention of certain metabolic problems (acidosis) caused by kidney diseases. This medicine is manufactured and marketed by Stadmed Pvt Ltd. It is available in the market in a bottle of 100 ml, 200 ml, and 450 ml.

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  1. Generic Medicine in The Syrup
  2. Dosage of This Syrup
  3. Working Mechanism of This Medicine
  4. Why is This Syrup Prescribed?
  5. Possible Side Effects of This Medicine
  6. Precautions While Using The Syrup
  7. Using The Syrup During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
  8. Dosage for Children and Infants
  9. Where to Buy This Syrup?
  10. Patients Queries About This Syrup
  11. Reference

Generic Medicine in The Syrup

The generic medicine present in Alkasol Syrup is Disodium Hydrogen Citrate. Disodium Hydrogen Citrate (DHC) is an Alkali compound, which works to neutralize the acidity of urine. Every 5 ml of the syrup contains 1.4 milligrams of DHC.

Dosage of This Syrup

Use Alkasol syrup exactly as prescribed by your doctor or as directed on the label.

  • For Infants – Consult a pediatrician
  • Children between 7-12 years of age – Up to 1 teaspoon (5 ml) per dose – twice or thrice daily
  • Adults and Children above 12 years of age – Up to 3 teaspoons (15 ml) per dose – twice or thrice daily

Take this syrup after a heavy meal. Do not take this on an empty stomach.

The dosage of Alkasol syrup depends on age, current health condition and medical history of the patient. Always consult a doctor before using this medicine. Do not self-medicate. Check the label for instructions and shake the bottle well before using the syrup.

Working Mechanism of This Medicine

As discussed above, Disodium Hydrogen Citrate belongs to the class of medicines known as the urinary alkalinizing agents. It helps in balancing the pH of urine and make it less acidic. It neutralizes the excess amount of acid present in blood and urine. Reduced level of acidity makes it easy to pass urine for patients who suffer from burning sensations.

Why is This Syrup Prescribed?

This medicine is prescribed for the treatment of following diseases/conditions:

  • Urinary tract infection
  • Renal aciduria
  • Kidney stones
  • Alkalinisation of urine
  • Used during treatment by sulphonamide therapy
  • Also used as the supplementary treatment of Gallstones
  • Treatment of uremic acidosis
  • Treatment of acidosis following diarrhea
  • Uric acid stones
  • Burning micturition
  • Electrolyte loss

Alkasol syrup may also be used for the purpose not listed here.

Contraindications of Alkasol Syrup

Do not use Alkasol syrup if you have any of the following conditions:

  • Hypersensitivity
  • Allergic reactions
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dehydration
  • Pregnant, breastfeeding
  • High blood pressure

Possible Side Effects of This Medicine

  • Tiredness, mood swings, anxiety
  • Flatulence
  • Diuresis
  • Nausea
  • Rash, Itching
  • Stomach cramps, Diarrhea, Gastric irritation
  • Gastrointestinal ulceration
  • Overdose can cause metabolic alkalosis (especially in renal impairment)
  • Reduced Potassium level i the blood
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Metabolic alkalosis
  • Swelling of face/lips/tongue or throat

Precautions While Using The Syrup

  • Before using Alkasol, inform your doctor about your medical history, the current list of medications and current health conditions.
  • Some health conditions may make you more susceptible to the side-effects of the drug.
  • Do not take this medicine if you are allergic to any of its ingredients.
  • It is advised to take this medicine only after meals with plenty of water to avoid stomach upset.
  • Seek medical attention if you have difficulty in breathing after taking the drug or swollen ankles/legs/feet due to water retention.
  • Avoid using this medicine if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
  • This medicine should not be given to patients the with a history of high blood potassium levels, congestive heart failure, heart disease, severe kidney problems or in case you are dehydrated.
  • Do not take this medicine if you are suffering from low serum calcium level in blood, high blood pressure, hypersensitivity, chronic liver disease, bacterial infections, etc.
  • Avoid consumption of alcoholic beverages.
  • Avoid any antacid medication while you are using this medicine as it can reduce the effect of this syrup.
  • Take this medicine only if prescribed by the doctor
  • Do not use if the expiry date printed on the pack has passed.
  • Do not flush the medicine down the toilet or pour them into drainage unless instructed to do so.
  • Keep the bottle in cool and dry place, Avoid direct sunlight.
  • Keep this medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

Using The Syrup During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

This medicine is classified in the pregnancy category ‘B’ by FDA. It may be safe to use this medicine during pregnancy, but always consult your doctor before using it. Adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women have failed to demonstrate any risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy. However, you should not use any medicine during pregnancy unless advised by a qualified doctor. Always discuss your pregnancy status with your doctor for the correct prescription of medicines.

There is no proper study which shows whether the contents of the syrup pass into breast milk. It may affect the quality of breast milk and also, may harm a nursing baby. Always, Consult your doctor before using this medicine if you are breastfeeding. Also, discuss your health condition and breastfeeding status with the doctor.

Dosage for Children and Infants

The dosage of Alkasol for Children above 7 years of age is generally 5 ml 2-3 times a day. Infants should only be given this syrup if advised by a pediatrician. The doctor will diagnose the child and prescribe the dosage accordingly. Do not administer this medicine to infants and children unless advised by a Doctor. The medicine can have serious side effects. Also, overdose can cause serious implications for the child. Always, consult a doctor before using this syrup.

Where to Buy This Syrup?

This syrup is a “Prescription-Only” medicine. Though it is available readily in all major drugstore, you will need a prescription from a doctor to purchase this drug.

Patients Queries About This Syrup

Can I take Alkasol syrup with other medicines?
Before using Alkasol syrup be sure to consult your doctor about all the medicines you are taking. Sometimes medicines are not safe to take them with certain other food and medicines. Taking them together can cause few side effects. So, consult your doctor about risks and benefits.

How should I store Alksol syrup?
Alkasol syrup should be stored in a cool and dry place, protected from heat and direct sunlight. It should be kept away from the reach of children and pets. Do not use if the expiry date printed on the pack has passed. Follow the instructions written on the product label.

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