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Avoid Maalox Mix-Ups


“Whether it’s Maalox or another over-the-counter product, reading the product label is an important first step consumers can take to be certain they are using the proper product,” says Holquist. FDA also recommends the following:

  • Check the active ingredients in the “Drug Facts” label before you buy Maalox products or other over-the-counter products to be sure you select the correct product. If your health care professional recommended you take Maalox antacid, do not get Maalox Total Relief, which contains bismuth subsalicylate.
  • Read the “Drug Facts” label and container for important product information, including drug warnings, dosage directions, and expiration date. Do not remove the product label.
  • Ask your pharmacist or other health care professional for help if you’re unsure of which product is right for you.

FDA encourages health care professionals and consumers to report any side effects, product quality problems, product use errors, or therapeutic failure with the use of medical products to FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail, by fax, or by phone.

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  • Regular Mail: Use postage-paid, pre-addressed FDA form 35005
  • Fax: 1-800-FDA-0178
  • Phone: 1-800-332-1088

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