Compare Maalox vs. Rolaids

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Maalox
(Aluminum / Magnesium / Simethicone)

Rolaids
(Calcium Carbonate / Magnesium Hydroxide)

Relieves heartburn and acid tummy. Maalox (Aluminum / Magnesium / Simethicone) gives quick relief for heartburn, gas, and bloating. It may not be as effective or last as long as alternative antacids though.Relieves heartburn and acid tummy. Rolaids (Calcium Carbonate / Magnesium Hydroxide) gives quick relief for heartburn, but don't expect it to last all day.
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Reviews & ratings
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4.617924528301887Maalox
Reviews for Maalox (Aluminum / Magnesium / Simethicone)
68%
of people say Maalox (Aluminum / Magnesium / Simethicone) is worth it
30%
say it works well
9%
say it's a big hassle
Reviews for Rolaids (Calcium Carbonate / Magnesium Hydroxide)
75%
+7% vs. Maalox (Aluminum / Magnesium / Simethicone)
37%
+7% vs. Maalox (Aluminum / Magnesium / Simethicone)
7%
+2% vs. Maalox (Aluminum / Magnesium / Simethicone)
Side effects
MaaloxRolaids

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How it works
MaaloxRolaids
Maalox (Aluminum / Magnesium / Simethicone) is a combination medicine for stomach trouble. Aluminum and magnesium are antacids that relieve heartburn and acid tummy (indigestion). Simethicone relieves gas and bloating.Rolaids (Calcium Carbonate / Magnesium Hydroxide) is an antacid. It counteracts the effects of stomach acid to relieve heartburn and acid tummy (indigestion).
Type of medication
MaaloxRolaids
AntacidOver-the-counter
AntacidOver-the-counter
Available as
MaaloxRolaids
  • Chewable tablet
  • Liquid
  • Chewable tablet
  • Liquid
Used for (click to learn more)
MaaloxRolaids
Risk factors for serious side effects
MaaloxRolaids
  • Age 65 or older
    • Current kidney disease
      Detailed Maalox (Aluminum / Magnesium / Simethicone) risks & warnings »
        • Current kidney disease
        • Kidney dialysis
        • Hyperparathyroid disease
        • Taking high doses of Vitamin D
        • Previous kidney stones
        Detailed Rolaids (Calcium Carbonate / Magnesium Hydroxide) risks & warnings »
        Pregnancy category
        MaaloxRolaids
        NFDA pregnancy category (Unknown)

        The FDA hasn’t classified this medicine’s effects on unborn babies. Talk with your doctor about this medicine if you’re pregnant or planning on it.

        See the FDA package insert
        NFDA pregnancy category (Unknown)

        The FDA hasn’t classified this medicine’s effects on unborn babies. Talk with your doctor about this medicine if you’re pregnant or planning on it.

        See the FDA package insert
        Alcohol
        No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
        Food
        • Take 1-3 hours after a meal.
        No specific food-related info.
        Kidneys and liver
        • People with kidney disease may need to avoid Maalox. Ask your doctor.
        • If you have kidney disease Maalox (Aluminum / Magnesium / Simethicone) can build up in your blood. This may can cause toxic levels of aluminum or magnesium in your body. This is more likely if you have severe kidney disease (defined as a kidney function blood test called GFR of less than 30ml/min). If you have severe kidney disease or are on kidney dialysis don't use Maalox (Aluminum / Magnesium / Simethicone); a different antacid would be better for you.
        • People with kidney disease on dialysis may need to take a lower dose or avoid use. Your doctor can do blood tests to see if it's safe to use.
        • If you have kidney or hyperparathyroid disease Rolaids (Calcium Carbonate / Magnesium Hydroxide) can build up in your blood. This may can cause toxic levels of calcium in your body. This is more likely if you have severe kidney disease (defined as a kidney function blood test called GFR of less than 30ml/min). If you have severe kidney disease or are on kidney dialysis don't use Rolaids (Calcium Carbonate / Magnesium Hydroxide); a different antacid would be better for you.
        • Rolaids (Calcium Carbonate / Magnesium Hydroxide) contains calcium. Calcium can be an ingredient in some kidney stones. If you have had kidney stones in the past (especially the calcium-containing kind) be careful using Rolaids (Calcium Carbonate / Magnesium Hydroxide). Use the lowest dose for the shortest time possible or just play it safe and use a different antacid instead.
        Sex
        No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
        Sleep
        No specific sleep-related info.No specific sleep-related info.
        Weight
        No specific weight-related info.No specific weight-related info.
        Upsides and benefits
        MaaloxRolaids
        • Works really fast.
        • Available over the counter without a prescription.
        • Cheap.
        • Works really fast.
        • Available over the counter without a prescription.
        • Cheap.
        Downsides and risks
        MaaloxRolaids
        • Some people don't care for the taste.
        • Doesn't last very long.
        • Other antacids like Zantac (H2 blockers) and omeprazole (proton pump inhibitors) can work better and last longer.
        • Some chalky aftertaste.
        • Doesn't last very long.
        • Other antacids like Zantac (H2 blockers) and omeprazole (proton pump inhibitors) can work better and last longer.
        Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
        MaaloxRolaids
        • Take 1-3 hours after a meal.
        • Tell your doctor if you have severe diarrhea or constipation.
        • People with kidney disease may need to avoid Maalox. Ask your doctor.
        • Take 1-2 hours apart from other medication that you take by mouth.
        • Take at the first sign of discomfort.
        • You might need to take more than once a day but pay attention to the instructions on your bottle to avoid overdosing.
        • If heartburn doesn't improve or lasts more than 2 weeks, talk to your doctor.
        • People with kidney disease on dialysis may need to take a lower dose or avoid use. Your doctor can do blood tests to see if it's safe to use.
        • Don't take if you have high blood calcium levels.
        • Take 1-2 hours apart from other medication that you take by mouth.
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