FDA officials warns consumers of Maalox confusion - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/18/10

FDA officials warns consumers of Maalox confusion

By Kristin Beerman | email

Edited by Jon Bush | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers about serious side effects that can occur if you confuse one type of Maalox with another.  FDA officials say Maalox total relief is intended to relieve upset stomachs and diarrhea, but it includes an active ingredient that is chemically related to aspirin.  This can spell trouble for those with a history of gastric ulcers or bleeding disorder, for those taking blood thinners or children and teens recovering from a viral infection.

"Because of the similarities of these names and also the similarity of the packaging, consumers are confused with which product is the one that their doctor recommended," said Carol Holquist, with the FDA.   

That's very different from other Maalox products, which are antacids.  The Maalox maker has agreed to change the name of Maalox total relief, but since all these products are available over the counter and nothing is being pulled off the market.  The FDA says if you use Maalox be sure to read the label and know that you are taking what you need for your symptoms.

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