Health Guide

Malic acid

What is it?

Malic acid is a medicine used to clean and get the surface of a tooth ready before it is filled. It can also be used to peel the skin (usually the face) and to treat muscle or bone pain.

Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you need more information about this medicine or if any information in this leaflet concerns you.

Before Using:

Tell your doctor if you

  • are taking medicine or are allergic to any medicine (prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) or dietary supplement)
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medicine
  • are breastfeeding
  • have other health problems, such as high blood pressure or heart or blood vessel disease


Talk with your caregiver about how much Malic Acid you should take. The amount depends on the strength of the medicine and the reason you are taking Malic Acid. If you are using this medicine without instructions from your caregiver, follow the directions on the medicine bottle. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than the directions tell you to.

To store this medicine:

Keep all medicine locked up and away from children. Store medicine away from heat and direct light. Do not store your medicine in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink, or in other damp places. Heat or moisture may cause the medicine to break down and not work the way it should work. Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need. Never share your medicine with others.

Drug and Food Interactions:

Do not take Malic Acid without talking to your doctor first if you are taking:

  • Antacids containing aluminum (Maalox(R)), others


  • Before taking Malic acid, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • You should not take Malic acid if you have Alzheimer's disease (3)

Side Effects:

Stop taking your medicine right away and talk to your doctor if you have any of the following side effects. Your medicine may be causing these symptoms which may mean you are allergic to it.

  • Breathing problems or tightness in your throat or chest
  • Chest pain
  • Skin hives, rash, or itchy or swollen skin


1. Russell J, Michalek JE, Flechas JD et al: Treatment of fibromyalgia syndrome with Super Malic(R): a randomized, double blind, placebo controlled, crossover pilot study. J Rheumatol 1995; 22(5):953-958.

2. Draelos ZD: Topical agents used in association with cosmetic surgery. Sem Cut Med Surg 1999; 18(2):112-118.

3. Domingo JL, Gomez M, Sanchez DJ et al: Effect of various dietary constituents on gastrointestinal absorption of aluminum from drinking water and diet. Comm Chem Pharmacol 1993; 79(3):377-380.

Last Updated: 7/4/2018
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