Compare Tagamet vs. Maalox

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

Tagamet
(cimetidine)

Maalox
(aluminum / magnesium / simethicone)

Treats heartburn. Tagamet (cimetidine) works well for heartburn, but may have more side effects than other medicines like it.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.
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4.64Tagamet
Reviews for Tagamet
63%
of people (All ages) say Tagamet is worth it
36%
say it works well
12%
say it's a big hassle
632 reviews
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Reviews for Maalox
69%
-6% worse vs. Tagamet
30%
+6% better vs. Tagamet
9%
-3% worse vs. Tagamet
213 reviews
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Side effects
TagametMaalox
  • Headache 2%
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The Maalox FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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How it works
TagametMaalox
Tagamet (cimetidine) reduces acid production in your stomach.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.
Type of medication
TagametMaalox
Prescription or OTCOver-the-counter
Available as
TagametMaalox
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Chewable tablet
  • Liquid
Used for
TagametMaalox
Risk factors for serious side effects
TagametMaalox
  • Elderly
  • Kidney problems
  • Liver problems
  • Dementia
  • Asthma
Detailed Tagamet (cimetidine) risks & warnings »
  • Kidney problems
  • Taking more than the recommended daily maximum
Detailed Maalox (aluminum / magnesium / simethicone) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy
Food
TagametMaalox
No food related info.
  • Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about foods to avoid that can help prevent heartburn.
Kidneys and liver
TagametMaalox
  • Tagamet (cimetidine) can cause confusion if you have kidney or liver problems, dementia, or if you are over 60 years old. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about alternative medicines if you have any of these conditions.
  • May not be the best option if you are elderly or have kidney or liver problems.
  • 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.
Upsides and benefits
TagametMaalox
  • Lasts longer than other medicines like it so you may not need to take it as frequently.
  • Affordable as an over-the-counter or generic medicine.
  • Works quickly.
  • Inexpensive and available over-the-counter.
  • Is one of the first choice medications for heartburn relief if you are pregnant.
Downsides and risks
TagametMaalox
  • Does not work as fast as antacids like Maalox, Tums, or Rolaids.
  • May not work as well if you have an inflammed esophagus. Your doctor will assess which medicine is best for you.
  • May not be the best option if you are elderly or have kidney or liver problems.
  • Can interfere with how other medicines work.
  • 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.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
TagametMaalox
  • Take 30 minutes before eating for maximum heartburn relief.
  • Talk to your doctor if you don't see any improvement after 2 weeks.
  • Talk to your doctor if you end up using this medicine more than 2 times a week.
  • Let your doctor or pharmacist know about any other medicines or supplements that you are taking because Tagamet (cimetidine) can interfere with how a lot of other medicines work.
  • 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.
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