• Shruti GOCHHWAL

Here’s Why People With Digestive Issues Love Mucaine Gel!

What is Mucaine Gel?

Mucaine gel is a prescription medicine that is used to relieve the symptoms of sour stomach, acidity, stomach upset, heartburn, and stomach ulcer.  It neutralizes the excess acid in the stomach.

What Causes Stomach Ulcers?

The digestive system

The digestive system Credits: pixabay


Stomach ulcers happen when the thick layer of mucus that protects our stomach from digestive juices is reduced. This allows the digestive acids to eat away at the tissues that line the stomach, causing an ulcer. Stomach ulcers are due to a bacterial infection (Helicobacter pylori) and long term use of NSAIDS like aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen.

What Is The Recommended Dose?

Dose of mucaine gel

Mucaine gel, Credits: pixabay


This medicine is taken in an empty stomach or at least 15 minutes before having a meal. Take the dose as prescribed by your physician. The dose of this medicine depends on your body mass index, medical history, age, metabolism, and lifestyle. The effect of this medicine can be observed immediately after administration.

Always complete the recommended dose as advised by your doctor as a premature stoppage of medicine can cause your symptoms to be back. The overdose of medicine can also cause harmful health effects.

How Mucaine Gel Works?

Combination of three medicines

Mucaine gel, Credits: pexels


Mucaine gel contains three medicines namely Oxetacaine, Aluminium Hydroxide, and Milk Of Magnesia.

Ocetacaine is a local anesthetic that helps in the relief of pain due to ulcers or acidic injury in the stomach.

Aluminum hydroxide is an inorganic salt that helps neutralize the excess acid in the stomach. It binds phosphate in the stomach or gastrointestinal tract and prevents the absorption of the acid.

Milk of magnesia or Magnesium Topical acts as a laxative relieving constipation. It works by drawing water into the intestine through osmosis, making the stool soft and easier to pass.

What are the Side Effects of Mucaine Gel?

Side effects of mucaine gel

Drowsiness, Credits: pexels


Some of the common side effects of this medicine are provided below:

Ø  Constipation

Ø  Diarrhea

Ø  Allergic reaction

Ø  Headache

Ø  Vomiting

Ø  Muscle weakness

Ø  Skin rashes

Ø  Excessive sweating

Ø  Drowsiness

Ø  Dizziness

Uses of Mucaine Gel

Uses of mucaine gel

Mucaine gel to treat heartburn, Credits: pexels


Mucaine gel is used to treat the following conditions.

Ø  Hemorrhoid pain

Ø  Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)

Ø  Pain due to anal fissures or swollen veins

Ø  Heartburn

Ø  Inflammatory skin diseases

Ø  Psoriatic skin

Ø  Sunburn

Ø  Dried and cracked skin due to a host of other reasons such as skin diseases

Ø  Friction burns

Ø  Physical irritation to the skin from rubbing or chafing

Precautions

Precaution-Mucaine gel

Mucaine gel – No to Breastfeeding mothers, Credits: pexels


People with liver and kidney disease should take this medicine with caution. If necessary, your doctor will advise you on an appropriate alternative.

Long term use of mucaine gel can lead to low levels of phosphate in the blood.

Pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers should always consult a doctor before using this medicine.

If a patient is allergic to milk or magnesia, they have to avoid this medicine as it can cause breathing problems, skin rash, and swelling.

Mucain gel can cause constipation and it is necessary to have plenty of water and fiber-rich foods.

How to Store This medicine?

Mucaine gel has to be stored in a cool and dry place, below 25 degrees Celsius. It is not recommended to refrigerate or freeze.

Take Home Message

Mucaine Gel is a readily available drug to treat stomach ulcers and heartburn.

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