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.

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

South Africa

Tunisia

Alginic acid is also found within below combination drugs:

ACIDEX , ACIDEX ADVANCE , GALIEVE , GASTROCOTE , GASTROFAST ADVANCE , GAVISCON , GAVISCON ADVANCE , GAVISCON INFANT , GAVISCON INFANTIL , GAVISCON NOURRISSONS , GAVISCON-L , GEALCID , GELACID , LUFTAGASTROPRO , MAALOX HRF , MAALOX REFLUX , MAXIOL , MILPAX , MILPAX NF , PEPTAC , RENNIE DUO

External identifiers

CAS Substance: 9005-32-7
DrugBank Drug: DB13518
KEGG Drug: D02324
RxNorm Ingredient: 17305
SNOMED-CT Concept: 391734004
Alginic acid (substance)
UNII Identifier: 8C3Z4148WZ
ALGINIC ACID