Aluminium hydroxide Other names: Aluminum hydroxide

Chemical formula: AlH₃O₃  Molecular mass: 78.004 g/mol  PubChem compound: 10176082

Active ingredient description

Aluminium hydroxide is a slow-acting antacid. It is used to provide symptomatic relief in gastric hyperacidity. In addition, the antipeptic and demulcent activity of aluminium hydroxide helps to protect inflamed gastric mucosa against further irritation by gastric secretions.

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
A02AB01 Aluminium hydroxide A Alimentary tract and metabolism → A02 Drugs for acid related disorders → A02A Antacids → A02AB Aluminium compounds
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Product monographs

Competent medicine agencies globally have authorized commercialization of this active ingredient according to these medication package inserts (MPIs):

Title Information Source Document Type  
ALU-CAP Capsules Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (GB) MPI, EU: SmPC

Structural formula

Graphic representation of the active ingredient's molecular structure

External identifiers

CAS Substance: 12040-59-4
CAS Substance: 21645-51-2
DrugBank Drug: DB06723
PubChem Compound: 10176082
RxNorm Ingredient: 612
SNOMED-CT Concept: 273944007
Aluminium hydroxide (substance)
UNII Identifier: 5QB0T2IUN0


Aluminium hydroxide is an active ingredient of these brands:

Austria (AT)

  • (combination) MAALOX as ALUMINUM OXIDE

Brazil (BR)

Canada (CA)

  • (combination) DIOVOL PLUS as Dried aluminum hydroxide gel

Cyprus (CY)

Ecuador (EC)

Estonia (EE)

  • (combination) MAALOX as ALUMINUM OXIDE

France (FR)

Hong Kong (HK)

Ireland (IE)

Israel (IL)

Japan (JP)

Lithuania (LT)

Malta (MT)

Mexico (MX)

Netherlands (NL)

New Zealand (NZ)

Nigeria (NG)

Poland (PL)

Romania (RO)

Singapore (SG)

South Africa (ZA)

Tunisia (TN)

Turkey (TR)

  • (combination) KURSEPT
  • (combination) SIMECO as co-dried Aluminium hydroxide and Magnesium carbonate

United Kingdom (UK)

Note the following: The list of brand names is continuously updated, and thus does not include the total of products circulating worldwide.

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