Alkasol, is it safe? Uses, side-effects, dosage

What is Alkasol?

Alkasol syrup is the branded form of an oral prescription medicine prescribed in the treatment of Urinary tract infections and uric acid stones. This medicine is manufactured and marketed by Stadmed Pvt Ltd and is available in market in packaging of 100 ml per bottle.

  1. What is the generic name(s)?
  2. How does it work ?
  3. What are it’s uses ?
  4. How effective is this medicine ?
  5. What are the Side Effects ?
  6. Is this medicine addictive?
  7. What if I miss the dose of this medicine ?
  8. Can I drive after taking this medicine ?
  9. Can this medicine be taken on an empty stomach ?
  10. Can I take this medicine with alcohol ?
  11. What is the Dosage ?
  12. What are the precautions I need to take ?
  13. Is it safe to take if I am pregnant ?
  14. Is it safe to take if I am breast feeding ?
  15. Can this medicine be given to children and infants ?
  16. Is Alkasol available as an over the counter (OTC) product?
  17. Frequently asked questions
  18. Reference
Alkasol - uses, side-effects, dosage

Alkasol – uses, side-effects, dosage


What is the generic name (s)?

The active ingredient and generic medicine present in Alkasol is Disodium Hydrogen Citrate. It is present in the strength of 1.4 mg per 5 ml of the syrup.

How does it work ?

Disodium Hydrogen Citrate is member of a medicinal class called urinary alkalinizers. It works by raising the pH level of urine and reducing acidity.

What are it’s uses ?

This medicine is administered in prevention, control and treatment of following diseases and conditions:

  • Renal aciduria
  • Urinary tract infections
  • In cancer treatment along with sulphamide
  • Infection due to general acidosis
  • Uric acid stones
  • Burning micturition
  • Loss of alkalies in diarrhea
  • Electrolyte loss

How effective is this medicine ?

This syrup is very effective in dissolving gall stones. It is very well suited for relieving pain of different sorts along with Liver and hepatic problems. For best results & safety, it should be taken under medical supervision in terms of dosage and duration of intake after due consultation with a doctor.

What are the Side Effects ?

Commonly observed  side effects of Alkasol syrup are being listed below:

  • Anxiety
  • Flatulence
  • Stomach cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Metabolic alkalosis especially in renal impairment (Overdose)
  • Gastrointestinal ulceration
  • Reduced Potassium level in blood
  • Breathing difficulties, shortened breath
  • Metabolic alkalosis
  • Mood swings, Nausea
  • Tiredness

Is Alkasol addictive?

Habit forming tendencies for this medicine has not been reported. Most medicines don’t come with a potential for addiction. Government  also categorizes medicines that can be addictive as controlled substances. Finally,  do not self-medicate and increase your body’s dependence to medicines without taking the advice of a doctor.

What if I miss the dose of Alkasol?

Use the missed dose as soon as you notice. If the time is already close to the next dose,  skip the missed dose and continue your dosing schedule. Do not use overdose to make up the missed dose as it may cause serious side effects.  If you are routinely missing the  doses, try to use an alarm or asking a family member or friend to remind you. Please consult your doctor to discuss modifications in your dosing schedule or a new schedule to make up for missed doses.

Can I drive after taking Alkasol?

It is not safe to drive after taking this medicine if you experience dizziness or headache as side effects. One should not drive a vehicle if using the medicine makes drowsy, dizzy or reduces your blood-pressure. Please check for these conditions on your body while using this medicine.

Can Alkasol be taken on an empty stomach ?

This medicine should be taken after food. Please follow your doctor’s advice on how you to use this medicine.

Can I take Alkasol with alcohol ?

Intake of this medicine with alcohol is not recommended. However alcohol intake with this medicine may intensify drowsiness.It is better to consult your doctor before consumption of this medicine. Pharmacists also suggest not to take alcohol while using this medicine.

What is the Dosage ?

Generally prescribed dose of this medicine for children and adults is listed below:

  • Adults : Up to 15 ml per dose — 2 to 3 times a day
  • Children )7 to 12 years): Up to 5 ml per dose — 2 to 3 times a day
  • Infants :  Consult a pediatrician

Dosage of this syrup depends on age, physical health, weight and medical history of the patient. Do not self medicate, it can be very dangerous. Always consult a Qualified doctor before administering this medication.

Syrup Dosage

Syrup Dosage

What are the precautions I need to take ?

Following precautions should be exercised while administering this medicine:

  • Do not take this medicine if you have chronic liver disease
  • Do not this medicine if you are suffering from low serum calcium level in blood
  • Take this medicine after food, with plain water
  • Do not take this medicine if you are suffering from Bacterial infections
  • Do not take this syrup if you are hypersensitive
  • Avoid any antacid medication while you are using this medicine. Antacid can reduce the effect of this syrup.
  • Take this medicine only if prescribed by the doctor
  • Do not consume alcohol while taking this medicine
  • Take full course of treatment
  • Do not take this medicine if you are allergic to any of the ingredients of this medicine or any of their excipient
  • Do not take this medicinal product after the expiry date stated on the carton package
  • Tell your doctor if you are taking any medicine
  • Tell your doctor if you are suffering from any disease
  • Keep this medicine out of the reach of children.
  • Discuss your pregnancy and nursing details with doctor before using this medicine.

Is it safe to take if I am pregnant ?

This drug is classified by FDA as pregnancy category ‘B’ No risk in other studies: Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women OR Animal studies have shown an adverse effect, but adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in any trimester.

It can be prescribed if you are pregnant or are planning to be pregnant. Please share the actual status of your pregnancy with your doctor for the correct prescription of this medicine.

Is it safe to take if I am breast feeding ?

No, it is not safe to take Alkasol syrup during breastfeeding. The effect of this medicine on quality of milk and infants health not is unknown.

Please share your breastfeeding plans with your doctor if being prescribed by this medicine

Can this medicine be given to children and infants ?

Alkasol syrup can be given to children and infants. Consult a doctor or a pediatrician for the information on correct dosage therapeutic requirements of the patient child.


Alkasol

Alkasol

Is Alkasol available as an over the counter (OTC) product?

No, Alkasol syrup is not available as an over the counter (OTC) product. It’s a prescription drug. It has to be prescribed by a qualified specialist. Please consult with the doctor regarding correct dosage, timing and duration of use of this medicine. Please do not self-medicate yourself with this medicine.

Frequently asked questions

Is Alkasol a steroidal / antibiotic drug ?
No, Alkasol in not a steroidal drug, and also not a antibiotic. It is a urine alkalinizer.

How to store Alksol syrup ?

This medicine has to be stored in a cool and dry place, protected from light, away from the reach of children and pets. It is advised to use an air-tight container for the storage of this medicine. Also, discard the medicine post its expiry date.

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