Compare Nexium vs. Maalox
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
Nexium (esomeprazole) gives you long-lasting heartburn relief but has some risks if used long term.
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.
- Most people can take Nexium (esomeprazole) without any noticeable day-to-day side effects.
- Nexium (esomeprazole) lasts longer than other types of antacids (like Zantac, Pepcid, or Tums), and you only need to take it once a day.
- You can take it in combination with a quick-acting antacid (like Maalox or Tums) if you need quicker relief.
- Nexium (esomeprazole) is inexpensive, with over-the-counter and generic options.
- Coupons are available for the brand name - speak to your doctor or pharmacist.
- The packet form is a good option if you have trouble swallowing pills.They can be mixed with water for easier swallowing.
- Works quickly.
- Inexpensive and available over-the-counter.
- Is one of the first choice medications for heartburn relief if you are pregnant.
- Doesn't start working right away like antacids (Tums, Rolaids, or Maalox).
- It can take several days or weeks to start feeling benefits.
- May not be the best choice for patients 65 years of age and older due to risk of bone fractures and severe diarrhea.
- 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.
- H. Pylori bacterial infection
- Prevention and treatment of NSAID-induced gastric ulcers
- Chewable tablet
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- Stomach cancer
- Kidney injury
- Severe diarrhea
- Being treated at a hospital
- Bone fractures
- High dose Nexium (esomeprazole)
- Long-term treatment with Nexium (esomeprazole)
- Low bone mineral density
- Aged 65 years or older
- Long term use
- Aluminum and magnesium overdose
- Kidney problems
- Taking more than the recommended daily maximum
- Drug interactions