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A 38-year-old member asked:

Is there a such thing as overdosing on tums (calcium carbonate) chewables?

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Dr. Rick Kirschner
Dr. Rick Kirschneranswered
41 years experience
Seek medical help: Tums is calcium carbonate. Too much in the system can lead to digestive irritations, constipation and diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, muscle twitching, irregular heartbeat, confusion, depression, even coma. Treatment is activated charcoal, or gastric lavage.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

Can overdosing on Tums (calcium carbonate) hurt you in any way?

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Yes: Too many Tums (or other antacids containing calcium carbonate) over an extended period of time can lead to "milk alkali syndrome" in which there are high levels of calcium in the blood & a shift in the body's acid-base balance towards alkaline. This can lead to calcium deposits in the kidneys & other tissues as well as kidney stones. Limit calcium intake to 1500 mg/day in divided doses.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Is overdose on Tums (calcium carbonate) fatal?

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
A Verified Doctoranswered
Rheumatology 53 years experience
Go to ER: What do you mean by an overdose? How many tablets? Tums are calcium carbonate and a significant overdose can be fatal. If know or anyone you know has done this, get you or them to the er now.

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