Compare Tagamet vs. Maalox
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
Tagamet (cimetidine) works well for heartburn, but may have more side effects than other medicines like it.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Chewable tablet
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