FDA Orders Name Change for Maalox Total Relief

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

WASHINGTON (AP) - The maker of Maalox is changing the name of its most potent medication because health regulators say consumers are mistaking it for a milder stomach reliever.

The Food and Drug Administration says Maalox Total Relief contains potent drug ingredients that can cause internal bleeding. The anti-diarrhea medication is often confused with traditional Maalox, a gentler anti-acid formula.

The FDA says manufacturer Novartis will rename Maalox Total Relief and change its packaging to avoid confusion.

The medication contains ingredients similar to aspirin, which can exacerbate bleeding in patients with stomach ulcers and blood clotting problems.

Novartis will also conduct an educational campaign on the differences between Maalox products.

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