Compare Maalox vs. Rolaids

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

Relieves heartburn and indigestion.

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.

3.4/ 5 average rating with 213 reviewsforMaalox
Relieves heartburn and acid tummy.

Rolaids (Calcium Carbonate / Magnesium Hydroxide) gives quick relief for heartburn, but don't expect it to last all day.

3.7/ 5 average rating with 1089 reviewsforRolaids
Upsides
  • Works quickly.
  • Inexpensive and available over-the-counter.
  • Is one of the first choice medications for heartburn relief if you are pregnant.
  • Works really fast.
  • Available over the counter without a prescription.
  • Cheap.
Downsides
  • 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.
  • 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.
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Dosage forms
  • Chewable tablet
  • Liquid
  • Chewable tablet
  • Liquid
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Reviews
213 reviews so far
69%
saidit'sworth it
30%
saiditworked well
9%
saidit'sa big hassle

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1089 reviews so far
75%
saidit'sworth it
37%
saiditworked well
7%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
The Maalox (aluminum / magnesium / simethicone) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Rolaids (Calcium Carbonate / Magnesium Hydroxide) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Long term use
  • Aluminum and magnesium overdose
    • Kidney problems
    • Taking more than the recommended daily maximum
  • Drug interactions
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  • Taking the wrong medication
  • High blood calcium
    • Current kidney disease
    • Kidney dialysis
    • Hyperparathyroid disease
    • Taking high doses of Vitamin D
  • Kidney stones
    • Previous kidney stones
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