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 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.Relieves heartburn. Tums (Calcium carbonate) gives quick relief for heartburn, but does not last all day. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about other medicines if you need additional relief.
Reviews & ratings
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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

The Maalox FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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How it works
MaaloxTums
Maalox (aluminum / magnesium / simethicone) is a combination medicine for heartburn and indigestion. Aluminum and magnesium are antacids that treat heartburn and indigestion. Simethicone relieves gas and bloating.Tums (Calcium carbonate) is an antacid. It relieves heartburn and indigestion by neutralizing stomach acid.
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
  • Kidney problems
  • Taking more than the recommended daily maximum
Detailed Maalox (aluminum / magnesium / simethicone) risks & warnings »
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    Pregnancy
    Food
    MaaloxTums
    • Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about foods to avoid that can help prevent heartburn.
    No food related info.
    Kidneys and liver
    MaaloxTums
    • Maalox (aluminum / magnesium / simethicone) contains aluminum and magnesium that can build up in your kidneys if you have kidney problems which can be dangerous. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Maalox (aluminum / magnesium / simethicone) to see if it is right for you. Don't take more than the maximum amount per day as shown on the label.
    • May increase calcium levels too much in people with kidney or thyroid conditions.
    Upsides and benefits
    MaaloxTums
    • Works quickly.
    • Inexpensive and available over-the-counter.
    • Is one of the first choice medications for heartburn relief if you are pregnant.
    • Tums (Calcium carbonate) is an effective, first-line medication for hearburn.
    • Tums (Calcium carbonate) starts working in seconds.
    • Has minimal side effects.
    • Available in chewable form.
    • Is inexpensive and readily available over-the-counter.
    • Coupons are available – speak to your doctor or pharmacist.
    Downsides and risks
    MaaloxTums
    • 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.
    • Because Tums (Calcium carbonate) only lasts for 1 to 2 hours, you may need additional doses.
    • May increase calcium levels too much in people with kidney or thyroid conditions.
    • May have a chalky taste.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    MaaloxTums
    • Starts working within minutes, and lasts for 1-2 hours.
    • If you are using the liquid product, shake well before using.
    • Don't take more than the recommended amount per day on the package. If you need to take this for more than 2 weeks, talk to your doctor.
    • People on a magnesium-restricted diet may need to avoid Maalox. Ask your doctor.
    • Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about foods to avoid that can help prevent heartburn.
    • Eating smaller portion sizes and not eating 3 hours before bedtime can help prevent heartburn.
    • Take at the first sign of discomfort.
    • You may need to separate Tums (Calcium carbonate) from some medicines to avoid interactions. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about all the medicines you're taking, including prescription, supplements, and over the counter medicines.
    • Eating smaller, more frequent meals can help alleviate some symptoms of heartburn.
    • Certain spicy or fatty foods increase your risk of heartburn. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist to find out which foods you should avoid.
    • Avoiding eating 3 hours before bedtime can also help prevent heartburn.
    • If heartburn doesn't improve or lasts more than 2 weeks, talk to your doctor.
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