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A 20-year-old male asked:

can antacid medication like tums (calcium carbonate) damage your stomach if your stomach is not having any high level of acidity in the stomach?

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Dr. Ed Kaplan
Hematology and Oncology 39 years experience
not likely: You would have to take a lot of Tums (calcium carbonate) to cause any problems...And that would be because of the calcium, not the low acid.

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