Pantoprazole vs. Maalox

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(Aluminum / Magnesium / Simethicone)

Treats heartburn and stomach ulcers. Protonix (Pantoprazole) gives you long-lasting heartburn relief. Choose the cheapest proton pump inhibitor because they all work equally well for heartburn.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.
How it works
Protonix (Pantoprazole) is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI). It lowers the amount of acid in your stomach, treats heartburn, and heals ulcers.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.
Type of medication
Acid reducer
Proton pump inhibitor
Prescription only
Available as
  • Extended release
  • Chewable tablet
  • Liquid
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Reviews for Protonix (Pantoprazole)
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Reviews for Maalox (Aluminum / Magnesium / Simethicone)
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Side effects

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

FDA side effect reports for Pantoprazole »

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

FDA side effect reports for Maalox »
Risk factors for serious side effects
    • Helicobacter pylori infection
    • Autoimmune disease
    • Osteoporosis
    • Age 50 or older
    • Using high medication doses
    • Long-term therapy (1 year or more)
    • Smoking
    • Use of other medications that weaken bones
        Detailed Protonix (Pantoprazole) risks & warnings »
        • Age 65 or older
          • Current kidney disease
            Detailed Maalox (Aluminum / Magnesium / Simethicone) risks & warnings »
            Pregnancy category
            BFDA pregnancy category (Probably safe)

            Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

            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
            No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
            • Take with or without food.
            • Take the oral suspension 30 minutes before a meal mixed only with applesauce or apple juice. Follow instructions carefully.
            • Take 1-3 hours after a meal.
            Kidneys and liver
            No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
            • 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.
            No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
            No specific sleep-related info.No specific sleep-related info.
            No specific weight-related info.No specific weight-related info.
            Upsides and benefits
            • Most people can take Pantoprazole without any noticeable day-to-day side effects.
            • Pantoprazole lasts longer than other types of antacids (like Zantac, Pepcid, or Tums), and you only need to take it once or twice a day.
            • You can take it in combination with a quick-acting antacid (like Maalox or Tums) if you need relief right away.
            • In studies it was better than a placebo (sugar pill) and as good as other proton pump inhibitors at treating heartburn.
            • Available as both a generic and over-the-counter option, so it's pretty affordable.
            • Works really fast.
            • Available over the counter without a prescription.
            • Cheap.
            Downsides and risks
            • Doesn't start working as fast as some other antacids like Tums, Rolaids, or Maalox.
            • Like with other proton pump inhibitors, long-term use can cause weak or broken bones.
            • Can cause low levels of magnesium in the blood. You might need to take a magnesium supplement if you use Pantoprazole long-term.
            • Can be expensive. Other alternatives are usually cheaper than Pantoprazole.
            • Less risk of drug interactions with Pantoprazole than with other proton pump inhibitors.
            • 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.
            Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
            • Take with or without food.
            • Swallow tablets whole; don't split, crush, or chew.
            • Take the oral suspension 30 minutes before a meal mixed only with applesauce or apple juice. Follow instructions carefully.
            • When using Pantoprazole long-term, take a calcium citrate with vitamin D supplement daily to prevent bone loss. Be sure it's calcium citrate because it works the best when using a proton pump inhibitor.
            • Get a blood test for your magnesium level once a year; you may need a magnesium supplement while using Pantoprazole.
            • Avoid drug interactions by telling your doctor all of the other medications or herbal supplements you take before starting Pantoprazole.
            • 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.
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