Maalox antacid is used to relieve symptoms of indigestion, heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease, stomach ulcers and duodenal ulcers, says About.com. Maalox helps relieve mild-to-moderate heartburn symptoms, reports WebMD. People who suffer from severe GERD symptoms are not prone to experience a great deal relief with just antacids.
Maalox neutralizes acid in the stomach, states WebMD. This medicine may be taken for one to two weeks, but patients needing longer use should consult a health care provider. The medicine comes as chewable tablets and liquid, notes About.com. Maalox side effects are not very common, but they include dry mouth, increased urination, loss of appetite and vomiting.