Compare Maalox vs. Tums

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.

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.

3.8/ 5 average rating with 1373 reviewsforTums
Upsides
  • 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
  • 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.
Used for
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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1373 reviews so far
82%
saidit'sworth it
43%
saiditworked well
5%
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 Tums (Calcium carbonate) 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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