What Is the Difference Between Maalox and Mylanta?


When comparing Maalox regular strength liquid to Mylanta regular strength liquid, the only difference is the name brand. Both are considered an antacid and anti-gas medication and both contain the active ingredients of simethicone, magnesium hydroxide and aluminum hydroxide. Because they contain the same active ingredients, Maalox and Mylanta should not be taken at the same time.

Maalox and Mylanta are medications used to treat heartburn, acid indigestion, sour stomach, gas pressure and bloating. These medications are to be used by individuals 12 years of age and older. Unless otherwise directed by a doctor, 2 to 4 teaspoons of the medication should be taken between meals and at bedtime to relieve symptoms. Maalox suggests that no more than 16 teaspoons should be taken in a 24 hour time period. Mylanta suggests that no more than 24 teaspoons should be taken in a 24 hour time period. Symptoms should be reported to a doctor if they persist for more than 2 weeks.

People who have kidney disease and people who are on a magnesium restricted diet should contact their physician before taking either of these medications. People taking prescription medication should contact their doctor or pharmacist prior to taking Maalox or Mylanta, as these antacids may interact with certain other medications.