Aluminum Hydroxide; Magnesium Carbonate

Drug Usage Statistics, United States, 2013 - 2021

Aluminum Hydroxide; Magnesium Carbonate Summary for 2021

Top drug rank #386 (no previous rank)
Estimated number of prescriptions in the United States (2021) 17,328
Estimated number of patients in the United States (2021) 9,110
Average total drug cost (USD)  
Per prescription $4.50
Per day of therapy $0.15/day
Average out-of-pocket cost (USD)  
Per prescription $2.85
Per day of therapy $0.09/day

Total Prescriptions and Patients Per Year (2013 - 2021)

Rank of Top Drugs Over Time

"Rank" refers to the frequency that a given medication is prescribed within a calendar year compared to all other medications. A rank of "4" would indicate that the medication was the fourth most commonly prescribed medication.

Year Rank Change
2013 442 -
2014 472  30
2015 474  2
Year Rank Change
2017 461 -
2018 454  7
2021 386 -

Drug Cost Over Time (2013 - 2021)

  • Cost Per Prescription Fill: Average cost per filled prescription regardless of how many days of therapy the prescription is filled for (e.g. 10 days, 30 days, 90 days, etc.)
  • Cost per Day of Therapy: The average cost per prescription fill divided by the days of therapy. For example, a 10-day antibiotic course costing $30 would be $3 per day. Similarly, a 30-day supply of an oral antihypetensive costing $30 would be $1 per day.

  • Total cost: The average total cost of the medication including the out-of-pocket cost (see below) plus the amount paid by other parties (Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance, Veterans Administration, TRICARE, other state/federal sources, Worker's compensation, and other miscellaneous sources)
  • Out-of-pocket cost: The average payment made by the patient which may include deductibles, coinsurance, copayments, or the cash price paid without insurance coverage.

Cost Per Prescription Fill (USD)

Cost Per Day of Therapy (USD/day)

Distribution of Dispensed Dosage Forms (2021)

No data available

Distribution of Days Supplied (2021)

"Days supply" is defined as the number of days that a prescription should last. For example, a prescription of 60 tablets that is taken twice daily has a day supply of 30 days.

Related Drugs

Drug Name Total Prescriptions (2021)
Magnesium Salts 2,102,185
Polyethylene Glycol 3350 1,831,599
Sodium Salts 1,782,362
Lactulose 1,164,695
Polyethylene Glycol 3350 With Electrolytes 552,075
Magnesium 322,484
Aluminum Hydroxide; Dimethicone; Magnesium Hydroxide 145,902
Anhydrous Citric Acid; Magnesium Oxide; Sodium Picosulfate 130,957
Magnesium 114,357
Citric Acid; Potassium Citrate 25,843
Aluminum Hydroxide; Magnesium Carbonate (this drug) 17,329

Therapeutic Classes

Drug Synonyms

Drug synonyms are used during the sanitation and standardization process of "cleaning" the original data source (MEPS). Occassionally, brand names may be listed below that are no longer on the market or are very infrequently used.

Brand Name Synonyms
  • Acid Gone Antacid
  • Aluminum Hydroxide And Magnesium Carbonate
  • Cvs Health Extra Strength
  • Equate Extra Strength Antacid
  • Extra Strength
  • Extra Strength Antacid
  • Extra Strength Heartburn Relief
  • Extra Strength Heartburn Relief Antacid
  • Fast Acting Heartburn Relief
  • Gaviscon
  • Good Neighbor Pharmacy Antacid Extra Strength
  • Heartburn Relief
  • Heb Extra Strength
  • Kroger Extra Strength
  • Meijer Extra Strength
  • Premier Value Extra Strength
  • Rite Aid Extra Strength
  • Walgreens Fast Acting Heartburn Relief Extra Strength
  • Mag-AL Liquid
  • Aluminum Hydroxide And Magnesium Trisilicate
  • Foamcoat
  • Foamicon
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Aluminum Hydroxide; Magnesium Hydroxide
  • Aluminum Hydroxide; Magnesium Trisilicate
  • Magnesium Hydroxide; Aluminum Hydroxide
  • Aluminum Hydroxide; Magnesium Carbonate

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): Calculi Dissolution Agent, Osmotic Laxative
Initial FDA approval date: 12/9/1983
First FDA applicant: Discn
First dosage form: Tablet, Chewable (oral)

Prescription data source: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) 2013-2021. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Rockville, MD. ClinCalc DrugStats Database version 2024.01. Read more about the ClinCalc DrugStats database.

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