Compare Maalox vs. Pepcid
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
Maalox (aluminum / magnesium / simethicone) gives quick relief for heartburn, gas, and bloating, but it may not be as effective or last as long as other antacids.
Pepcid (Famotidine) works well for heartburn but may not last as long or start working as quickly as other antacids.
- Works quickly.
- Inexpensive and available over-the-counter.
- Is one of the first choice medications for heartburn relief if you are pregnant.
- Most people can take Famotidine without any noticeable day-to-day side effects.
- Famotidine lasts longer than many other antacids like Maalox and Tums, and you only need to take it once or twice a day.
- You can take it in combination with a quick-acting antacid (like Maalox or Tums) if you need relief right away.
- Available as both a generic and over-the-counter option, so it's pretty affordable.
- Few drug interactions.
- Doesn't last very long. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you need longer lasting relief.
- Is not a good option if you have frequent symptoms (more than 2 times a week). Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about stronger medications.
- Other antacids like Maalox, Tums, or Rolaids often start to work more quickly than Famotidine.
- Medication like omeprazole (proton pump inhibitors) works better at healing and preventing stomach ulcers than medication like Famotidine (H2 blockers).
- Can cause more serious side effects for people with kidney disease. Ask your doctor to give you a lower dose or choose a different option.
- Chewable tablet
- Chewable tablet
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