Some of the side effects associated with the use of Mylanta include constipation, diarrhea, nausea and headache, according to WebMD. Serious side effects are rare and include dizziness, fainting, pain during urination, abdominal pain and a slow or irregular heartbeat. Serious allergic reactions are rare and could include severe dizziness, difficult breathing, and itching or swelling of the tongue, throat and face. Patients should seek immediate medical attention if they experience serious side effects when using Mylanta.
Mylanta is used in the treatment of the symptoms of excessive stomach acid such as heartburn, acid indigestion and sour stomach, explains WebMD. This medication does not prevent acid production, but works by lowering existing acid in the stomach. The use of Mylanta should be as per the product’s instructions, or as directed by a doctor. It is taken by mouth, normally after food and before going to bed.
Mylanta is known to react with other drugs such as iron, tetracycline antibiotics, quinolone antibiotics and digoxin. These drugs prevent Mylanta from being fully absorbed in the body, notes WebMD. A pharmacist or doctor can schedule the medications to avoid drug interaction.
Mylanta is available in chewable tablet form or in a liquid suspension form. Patients should chew the tablets completely before swallowing, and then drink a glass of water, states WebMD. For the liquid suspension, patients should shake the bottle well before taking each dose. This medication works best when not mixed with other fluids.