Compare Zegerid vs. Maalox

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

Zegerid
(omeprazole / sodium bicarbonate)

Maalox
(aluminum / magnesium / simethicone)

Relieves heartburn, ulcers, and acid tummy. Zegerid (Omeprazole / Sodium Bicarbonate) gives you long-lasting heartburn relief. Choose the cheapest proton pump inhibitor because they all work equally well for heartburn.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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5.24Zegerid
Reviews for Zegerid
72%
of people (All ages) say Zegerid is worth it
55%
say it works well
12%
say it's a big hassle
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Reviews for Maalox
69%
+3% better vs. Zegerid
30%
+25% better vs. Zegerid
9%
-3% worse vs. Zegerid
213 reviews
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Side effects
ZegeridMaalox

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

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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
ZegeridMaalox
Zegerid (Omeprazole / Sodium Bicarbonate) is a type of antacid called a proton pump inhibitor. It blocks the release of acid in your stomach, which treats heartburn and helps ulcers heal.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
ZegeridMaalox
Prescription or OTCOver-the-counter
Available as
ZegeridMaalox
  • Pill
  • Chewable tablet
  • Liquid
Used for
ZegeridMaalox
Risk factors for serious side effects
ZegeridMaalox
  • Helicobacter pylori infection
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Being hospitalized
  • Antibiotic use
  • Osteoporosis
Detailed Zegerid (omeprazole / sodium bicarbonate) risks & warnings »
  • Kidney problems
  • Taking more than the recommended daily maximum
Detailed Maalox (aluminum / magnesium / simethicone) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Interactions
ZegeridMaalox
  • Avoid drug interactions by telling your doctor all of the other medications or herbal supplements you take before starting Zegerid.
  • Can interact with other drugs so be sure your doctor knows all the medicine you're taking before starting Zegerid.
No interactions related info.
Food
ZegeridMaalox
  • Take 1 hour before a meal.
  • Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about foods to avoid that can help prevent heartburn.
Kidneys and liver
ZegeridMaalox
No kidneys and liver related info.
  • 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
ZegeridMaalox
  • Most people can take Zegerid without any noticeable day-to-day side effects.
  • Zegerid 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 quickly.
  • Inexpensive and available over-the-counter.
  • Is one of the first choice medications for heartburn relief if you are pregnant.
Downsides and risks
ZegeridMaalox
  • 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 Zegerid long-term.
  • Although the generic is affordable, other medications might still be cheaper than Zegerid.
  • Can interact with other drugs so be sure your doctor knows all the medicine you're taking before starting Zegerid.
  • 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
ZegeridMaalox
  • Take 1 hour before a meal.
  • Don't chew or crush capsules; swallow them whole.
  • Avoid drug interactions by telling your doctor all of the other medications or herbal supplements you take before starting Zegerid.
  • If you've been having heartburn for 3 months or more, talk to your doctor before taking Zegerid. Get a check-up to make sure you aren't having a more serious stomach problem.
  • Talk to your doctor if you're still having heartburn after two weeks of use. Don't keep taking Zegerid; get checked-out first.
  • 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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