Alginic acid

Also known as: Algin

Active ingredient description

Alginic acid is a polysaccharide distributed widely in the cell walls of brown algae which is hydrophilic and forms a viscous gum when hydrated. Its salts with metals such as sodium and calcium are known as alginates. It is a significant component of the biofilms produced by the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a major pathogen found in the lungs of some people who have cystic fibrosis. The biofilm and P. aeruginosa have a high resistance to antibiotics and are susceptible to inhibition by macrophages. Its colour ranges from white to yellowish-brown. It is sold in filamentous, granular or powdered forms.

Medicine classification

This medicinal substance has been classified in the anatomical therapeutic chemical (ATC) classification according to its main therapeutic use as follows:

ATC code
Group title
Classification
Alginic acid
A Alimentary tract and metabolism → A02 Drugs for acid related disorders → A02B DRUGS FOR PEPTIC ULCER AND GASTRO-OESOPHAGEAL REFLUX DISEASE (GORD) → A02BX Other drugs for peptic ulcer and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD)
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Medicines

Alginic acid is the active ingredient of these drugs:

Drug
Countries

Australia

Australia

Tunisia

Alginic acid is also found within below combination drugs:

ACIDEX , ACIDEX ADVANCE , GAVISCON , GAVISCON ADVANCE , GAVISCON INFANT , GAVISCON NOURRISSONS , GAVISCON-L , LUFTAGASTROPRO , MAALOX REFLUX , PEPTAC

Unique ingredient identifier (UNII)

8C3Z4148WZ - ALGINIC ACID

SNOMED-CT

391734004 - Alginic acid (substance)