The Food and Drug Administration is warning the public to know what they are buying and taking when they purchase the antacid, Maalox. There have been at least five serious health events reported to the FDA from people who took Maalox Total Relief. That is not the antacid. The drugmaker, Novartis plans to change the label, but in the meantime know what you are taking. Both are liquid medications available over-the-counter. But Total Relief contains an aspirin-like drug. For people who suffer from intestinal and stomach bleeding or ulcers, this is not the drug to take. It is the drug to take if you do not suffer from those problems and have diarrhea, gas, and discomfort from overeating, nausea and heartburn. It should also never be taken by children recovering from a virus, or teens, and it should not be taken by people on blood thinners or on Plavix.
The Maalox everyone is familiar with, Advanced Regular Strength and Advanced Maximum Strength, is the formulation with the antacid and anti-gas ingredients. Check the FDA Web site for further instructions, but it is recommended for a sour and upset stomach, gas and heartburn. In September, Novartis will drop the name “Maalox” from the Total Relief formula. Always be sure to check with your pharmacist if you have questions about which form of Maalox is right for you. And if you are injured by a defective drug, you will need the assistance of a Florida injury lawyer to help you determine your next step.