Compare Maalox vs. Tums

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

Maalox
(aluminum / magnesium / simethicone)

Tums
(calcium carbonate)

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. Tums (Calcium Carbonate) gives quick relief for heartburn, but don't expect it to last all day.
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4.63Maalox
Reviews for Maalox
69%
of people (All ages) say Maalox is worth it
30%
say it works well
9%
say it's a big hassle
213 reviews
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Reviews for Tums
82%
-13% worse vs. Maalox
43%
-13% worse vs. Maalox
5%
-4% worse vs. Maalox
1373 reviews
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Side effects
MaaloxTums

We haven’t found good data for Maalox side effects.

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How it works
MaaloxTums
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.Tums (Calcium Carbonate) is an antacid. It counteracts the effects of stomach acid to relieve heartburn and acid tummy (indigestion).
Type of medication
MaaloxTums
Over-the-counterOver-the-counter
Available as
MaaloxTums
  • Chewable tablet
  • Liquid
  • Chewable tablet
  • Liquid
Used for
MaaloxTums
Risk factors for serious side effects
MaaloxTums
  • 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 Tums (calcium carbonate) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

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.

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.

Interactions
MaaloxTums
No interactions related info.
  • You need to separate Tums from some medications to avoid interactions.
Food
MaaloxTums
  • Take 1-3 hours after a meal.
No food related info.
Kidneys and liver
MaaloxTums
  • 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 Tums (Calcium Carbonate) 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 Tums (Calcium Carbonate); a different antacid would be better for you.
  • Tums (Calcium Carbonate) 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 Tums (Calcium Carbonate). Use the lowest dose for the shortest time possible or just play it safe and use a different antacid instead.
Upsides and benefits
MaaloxTums
  • 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
MaaloxTums
  • Doesn't last very long.
  • Other antacids like Zantac (H2 blockers) and omeprazole (proton pump inhibitors) can work better and last longer.
  • 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.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
MaaloxTums
  • Take 1-3 hours after a meal.
  • Take 1-2 hours apart from other medication that you take by mouth.
  • Tell your doctor if you have severe diarrhea or constipation.
  • People with kidney disease may need to avoid Maalox. Ask your doctor.
  • 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.
  • You need to separate Tums from some medications to avoid interactions.
  • 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.
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