The news is mixed if you’ve been using Mylanta Supreme – a longtime favorite antacid of many people because it contains both calcium carbonate and magnesium hydroxide and doesn’t contain simethicone. The product has disappeared in recent months and doesn’t appear to be making a comeback.
While news about Mylanta Supreme is hard to get, you’ll find some answers and some alternatives here.
If you’re wondering what happened to Mylanta Supreme, I can tell you this: The unavailability isn’t because of pandemic supply chain problems. It also hasn’t been recalled or found to be dangerous, according to my research. But Mylanta Supreme won’t be returning to store shelves anytime soon.
What happened to Mylanta Supreme?
Mylanta Supreme has been discontinued by the maker, according to the Mylanta.com website. There’s no reference to the product on the site. InFirst Healthcare in Westport, Connecticut, the company that makes Mylanta products, has not responded to my request for information as of this writing in August 2022. (You can be sure that I’m updating this post each time I get new information, so check back often.)
September 1, 2022 update — I got this response from InFirst’s customer service team: “We’re sorry to inform you that we have discontinued the MYLANTA® Supreme and our stock is fully depleted.“
As recently as a few weeks ago, Mylanta Supreme was still available from a few drugstores and being sold by third parties on Amazon. Today, I can’t find anyone still selling it, even on eBay, where discontinued products often turn up for months after they’re gone from other sites.
Maybe the product wasn’t very popular. Or maybe the company is trying to push consumers into other products that are more expensive and not available in generic or store-brand alternatives.
For example, you can get Mylanta Cool and Coat easily – like through this Amazon link. It contains calcium carbonate and magnesium hydroxide – the same things that were in Mylanta Supreme – but there’s a catch. It also contains simethicone, a drug that I’d rather not take.
Simethicone-containing products always seem to have a bad taste and slick, slimy feeling to me. This may not bother you, but it bothers me, so I try to find heartburn and gas relief products that don’t contain it, and that’s getting harder to do every day.
Why I liked Mylanta Supreme
I liked Mylanta Supreme because it contained only two active ingredients, safe and effective calcium carbonate and magnesium hydroxide. Neither of these are really drugs in my opinion but are natural compounds, and they work just as well for me as products with drugs in them. (I’m not a doctor or chemist and don’t offer medical advice, but I’m offering my opinion about these compounds and these products.)
I also liked that it was available in a pleasant cherry flavor instead of mint, chocolate or other flavors that leave a bad taste in my mouth.
Even better for me, I didn’t actually buy name-brand Mylanta Supreme but a store brand available at HEB grocery stores in Texas for less than $2 a bottle. Of course, it’s gone now too.
I often took the product at night to get rid of heartburn and sometimes gas as well. Because I take NSAIDs for back pain, I was told by my doctor that it’s a good idea to take an antacid to prevent ulcers.
Three Mylanta Supreme alternatives
Some people have moved up to taking more powerful histamine blocker tablets like Pepcid or Tagamet instead of Mylanta Supreme. Others have tried a proton-pump inhibitor like Prilosec. But if you want to stay with something simpler and perhaps safer, here are three alternatives to Mylanta Supreme that you can try:
Milk of magnesia. One of the ingredients in Mylanta Supreme is magnesium hydroxide, which is also sold under the name milk of magnesia. The most common brand is Phillips Milk of Magnesia – available through this Amazon link. Store brands are sometimes available too. It coats your throat and soothes your stomach in the same way as other liquid antacids. Be careful though: Milk of magnesia is labeled as a laxative and some packages don’t have instructions on how to use it as an antacid. Generally, you take a smaller dose when using it for heartburn and gas than for constipation.
Rolaids. These tablets were my dad’s choice, and they’re still available today. They come in a bottle or in a roll that’s easy to carry. Rolaids Extra Strength Chewable Tablets are made from the same active ingredients as Mylanta Supreme, calcium carbonate and magnesium hydroxide. You don’t get the soothing relief that you get from a liquid, but they do seem to work.
Gaviscon. I’ve had good results from a store-brand equivalent of Gaviscon Extra Strength Liquid Antacid. Made from aluminum hydroxide and magnesium carbonate, it’s a thick liquid that can be difficult to get used to. If you can stand the texture, it might work for you. I’m concerned about taking a product with aluminum in it, but the maker and many experts say it’s safe. It might be right for you if milk of magnesia doesn’t work in your case and you want a liquid instead of a tablet like Rolaids.
A final word
I’m as displeased as you are that Mylanta Supreme and its store brand equivalents have been discontinued, but I’m finding that there are alternatives available. I feel I must mention that stomach problems can be serious, and you should discuss your symptoms and the medications you take for them with your doctor.
You can depend on me to update this page if I find more information about what happened to Mylanta Supreme or find new alternatives. We’re all in this together, and I’m happy to help you find the relief you need from your stomach symptoms.