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Updated August 05, 2010

Mylanta acts as an antacid and is most commonly used in the treatment of heartburn, gastritis, hiatal hernias and peptic ulcer. It is also used to treat symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Product Details

    Mylanta Ultimate Strength (liquid)
    Flavors: Cherry, Mint
    Active Ingredients (in each 5 mL teaspoon)
    Aluminum hydroxide 500 mg
    Magnesium hydroxide 500 mg

    Mylanta Supreme (liquid)
    Flavors: Cherry
    Active Ingredients (in each 5 mL teaspoon)
    Calcium carbonate 400 mg
    Magnesium hydroxide 135 mg

    Mylanta Regular Strength (liquid)
    Flavors: Original, Mint
    Active Ingredients (in each 5 mL teaspoon)
    Aluminum hydroxide 200 mg (equivalent to dried gel, USP)
    Magnesium hydroxide 200 mg
    Simethicone 20 mg

    Mylanta Maximum Strength (liquid)
    Flavors: Original, Cherry, Mint, Orange Créme
    Active Ingredients (in each 5 mL teaspoon)
    Aluminum hydroxide 400 mg (equivalent to dried gel, USP)
    Magnesium hydroxide 400 mg
    Simethicone 40 mg

    Mylanta Ultra Tabs
    Flavors: Cherry Créme, Cool Mint
    Active Ingredients (in each 5 mL teaspoon)
    Calcium carbonate 700 mg
    Magnesium hydroxide 300 mg

    Mylanta Gelcaps
    Active Ingredients (in each gelcap)
    CCalcium carbonate 550 mg
    MMagnesium hydroxide 125 mg

    Children's Mylanta Chewable Tablets
    Flavors: Bubble Gum
    Active Ingredients (in each tablet)
    Calcium carbonate 400 mg

    MYLANTA® Gas Maximum Strength Softgels
    Active Ingredients (in each softgel)
    Simethicone 125 mg

    MYLANTA® Gas Maximum Strength Chewable Tablets
    Flavors: Cherry, Mint
    Active Ingredients (in each tablet)
    Simethicone 125 mg

How should this medicine be used?
This medication comes as a chewable tablet and liquid to take by mouth. Chew tablets thoroughly; do not swallow them whole. Drink a full glass of water after taking the tablets. Shake the oral liquid well before each use to mix the medicine evenly. The liquid may be mixed with water or milk.

Follow the directions on the package label or on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take aluminum hydroxide and magnesium hydroxide antacids exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor. Do not take antacids for more than 1-2 weeks unless prescribed by your doctor.

What special precautions should I follow?
Before taking Mylanta:

  • Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to aluminum hydroxide and magnesium hydroxide antacids or any other drugs.

  • Tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking. Your doctor will be able to tell you whether you can take antacids with these medications, and if so, whether you can do so at the same time, or take the medications at a different time. The time delay is usually at least 2 hours of taking an antacid.

  • Tell your doctor if you have or have ever had kidney disease.

  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking aluminum hydroxide and magnesium hydroxide antacids, call your doctor.

What special precautions should you follow?

  • Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to calcium carbonate or any other drugs.

  • Tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking, especially digoxin (Lanoxin), etidronate (Didronel), phenytoin (Dilantin), tetracycline (Sumycin), and vitamins. Do not take calcium carbonate within 1-2 hours of taking other medicines. Calcium may decrease the effectiveness of the other medicine.

  • Tell your doctor if you have or have ever had kidney disease or stomach conditions.

  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking calcium carbonate, call your doctor.

What side effects can this medication cause?
Although side effects from Mylanta are not common, they can occur. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

  • upset stomach
  • vomiting
  • stomach pain
  • belching
  • constipation
  • dry mouth
  • increased urination
  • loss of appetite
  • metallic taste

Also, other brand-name or generic products may be available that contain similar active ingredients.

Other Antacids:

Sources:

"Antacids (Oral)." MedlinePlus. 3 Dec 2006 <http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/uspdi/202047.html>.
"OTC Drugs for Upset Stomachs." Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 3 Dec 2006 <http://www.fda.gov/fdac/graphics/reprints/tummy.pdf>.
"Patient Education - Drugs - calcium carbonate." Jackson Siegelbaum Gastroenterology. 3 Dec 2006 <http://www.gicare.com/pated/calcium_carbonate.htm>.
"Antacids (Oral) - MayoClinic.com." MayoClinic.com. 3 Dec 2006 <http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/drug-information/DR202047>.

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