Actually, Maalox is magnesium and aluminum hydroxide. TUMS contains calcoum carbonate. Long term usage of Maalox can be a problem for people with renal problems in particular. Aluuminium levels can get too high and cause a host of problems. Also, Maalox can interfere with the absorption of a lot of medications.
Antacids containing primarily calcium carbonate are often recommended for people needing calcium supplements. I can recall one precaution with calcium carbonate products - people with calcium based kidney stones might be restricted from these products.
Are you taking lots of Maalox? Does your GI know? Usually if a person needs to take antacids daily, the doctor suggests trying a PPI to control the hearburn.
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