Have you ever had a burning sensation in your heart or a massive bloating? If yes then, it is because of your stomach acids. Yes, you heard it right. Your stomach has gastric acid which is a composition of hydrochloric acid, enzymes, and mucus. So when you have been eating junk food, experiencing constipation, or bloating, or are pregnant, there are high chance that you suffer from stomach discomfort.
In this scenario, people use over-the-counter medicine which does not need a doctor’s prescription. The common medications to get relief from the above symptoms are Maalox and Mylanta. These work as antacids that neutralize the excess stomach acid. These are safe for consumption and even recommended for pregnant mothers.
Benefits Of Antacids
Now that you know how stomach acid works to digest food, let us understand the benefits of antacids.
1. Reduced Gastric Discomfort
Antacids help in alleviating the gas, bloating, or burning sensation in your chest. Also, it is used to treat GERD. Have you ever felt that you are feeling nausea and the stomach acid travels up to your throat and you can taste the acid in your mouth? This symptom is called Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). If this happens frequently then you need to consult your doctor as it is a chronic disease.
2. Helps With Digestion
Many individuals experience constipation where antacids can come in handy. To be more specific, protein takes time to break down and dispose of from your body. With the help of antacids, you are able to eliminate these substances from your body effectively.
3. Over-The-Counter Medicine
Mylanta and Maalox are the commonly used antacids that are easily available in any pharmacy or grocery store. You do not need any prescription for this medicine but be sure to take the recommended dose.
4. Quick Relief
After consuming these antacids, you will surely experience relief from ingestion within minutes. It provides temporary but quick relief to your body and hence is recommended to take multiple times a day.
5. Does Not Interact With Other Medications
We often see that people suffering from diabetes, or blood pressure cannot take certain medications because they may interrupt existing medications. But that is not the case with antacids. They are even recommended during pregnancy to help with their symptoms.
6. Helps You With Gassy Problems
Maalox and Mylanta work effectively to alleviate the gas bubbles in your stomach and bloating. This is a common symptom for individuals living alone where they eat a lot of junk food or have no time to exercise.
Difference Between Maalox and Mylanta
Since these two antacids are very common when it comes to stomach discomfort, we need to understand how are they different. Let us delve deep into the difference between Maalox and Mylanta.
Active Ingredients and Composition
Maalox and Mylanta have been in the game of antacids for a very long time and contain the same compounds more or less. However, there is a difference in the order of the components. Maalox contains the same magnesium hydroxide and aluminum hydroxide to neutralize the digestion and gas.
Mylanta has two active ingredients working toward the relief of stomach discomfort, that is aluminum hydroxide and magnesium hydroxide. It also contains Simethicone which acts as an anti-gas agent to emphasize its effects.
Both Maalox and Mylanta are available in liquid and chewable tablet form which is commonly used to neutralize the stomach acids. You can take any form you prefer under the recommended dosage to relieve bloating, gas, or heartburn.
Taste and Texture
When you are suffering from indigestion, you are advised to consume antacids 3-4 times a day to neutralize the stomach acids. So it is pretty essential that you intake pleasant-tasting medicine. A study by Temple in 2020, revealed that Mylanta Lemon Twist and Mylanta Cherry Twist have a good taste compared to Maalox.
In conclusion, Maalox and Mylanta are popular medications used for gas, bloating, and other stomach discomforts. The preference as to which is better is based on individual needs. If you experience frequent heartburn or gas, then you must consult with a doctor to understand your symptoms. Antacids are safe for temporary use but in the long run, it is better to have a discussion with your healthcare provider.
So choose the right medication for yourself and stay healthy!
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