Compare Dexilant vs. Maalox
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
Dexilant (dexlansoprazole) is an effective medicine to treat heartburn, but can be expensive since it is only available as a brand.
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.
- Relieves heartburn symptoms better than other stomach medicines (like Pepcid, Tagamet, and Zantac).
- Lasts longer than other alternative stomach medicines.
- Convenient once daily dosing.
- Treats GERD in children 12 to 17 years of age.
- Can be swallowed whole, or contents of the pill can be emptied into applesauce for easy swallowing.
- Works quickly.
- Inexpensive and available over-the-counter.
- Is one of the first choice medications for heartburn relief if you are pregnant.
- Similar to other proton pump inhibitors, Dexilant (dexlansoprazole) can weaken bones when taken for a long period of time.
- Can take a few days before you start to feel the full effects.
- Dexilant (dexlansoprazole) can affect how other medicines, vitamins, and minerals get absorbed in your body.
- There's no generic version available, so it can be expensive.
- 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.
- Delayed-release pill
- Dissolving tablet
- Chewable tablet
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- Abdominal pain4%
- Upper airway infection3%
- Possible stomach cancer
- Kidney inflammation
- Severe diarrhea
- Being hospitalized
- Antibiotic use
- Bone fractures
- High dose Dexilant (dexlansoprazole)
- Long-term treatment with Dexilant (dexlansoprazole) (more than 1 year)
- Low bone mineral density
- Aged 50 years or older
- Taking steroids or seizure medicines
- Low magnesium and vitamin B12 levels
- Taking digoxin or diuretics
- Long term use
- Aluminum and magnesium overdose
- Kidney problems
- Taking more than the recommended daily maximum
- Drug interactions