Compare Maalox vs. Alka-Seltzer
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
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.
Alka-Seltzer (aspirin / citric acid / sodium bicarbonate) provides quick relief for heartburn, upset stomach, headaches, and general pain. However, you have to take it a few times a day to continue getting relief of your symptoms.
- Works quickly.
- Inexpensive and available over-the-counter.
- Is one of the first choice medications for heartburn relief if you are pregnant.
- Alka-Seltzer (aspirin / citric acid / sodium bicarbonate) is a great option if you have an upset stomach and a headache or body aches at the same time.
- Alka-Seltzer (aspirin / citric acid / sodium bicarbonate) works quickly to relieve symptoms.
- Available over the counter without a prescription.
- Also, available as generic and is fairly cheap.
- 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.
- The effects of this medication don't last very long. Other medicines, like Zantac (H2 blockers) and omeprazole (proton pump inhibitors), work better and last longer.
- Because this medicine contains aspirin, it raises the risk of bleeding, especially if you take any other blood thinning medicines.
- People who are allergic to aspirin can't use this medication.
- May not like the taste or fizz.
- Kids or teenagers should not use Alka-Seltzer (aspirin / citric acid / sodium bicarbonate) unless instructed by a doctor.
- Chewable tablet
- Effervescent tablet
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- Long term use
- Aluminum and magnesium overdose
- Kidney problems
- Taking more than the recommended daily maximum
- Drug interactions
- Taking the wrong medication
- Not reading the drug label
- Brain damage or death from Reye's Syndrome
- Children 18 years or younger recovering from viral infections
- High blood sodium levels
- Current kidney disease
- Age 65 or older
- Use of other medicines that can cause kidney damage
- May worsen heart or kidney problems
- Congestive heart failure (CHF)
- High blood pressure
- Current kidney disease
- Kidney dialysis
- Stomach Bleeding
- History of stomach bleeding or ulcers
- Age 60 or older
- Also taking other blood thinners
- Drinking 3 or more alcoholic drinks a day
- Harm to unborn babies