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would it be acceptable to eat tums (calcium carbonate) if you don't have heartburn or upset stomach?

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No: Calcium supplements have been shown to have little benefit and several possible risks.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

Is peptic ulcer disease also related to having pernicious anemia?

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It can be: Pernicious anemia is an anemia caused by a deficiency in vitamin b12. To use b12, you must have intrinsic factor which is made by cells in your stomach. If you have numerous ulcers, you could damage the cells and not make enough of this chemical, however that is unlikely.
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Can ibuprofin cause stomach pains and bloody stool?

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YES -- get HELP!: Ibuprofen, and other nsaid's, particularly in a dose-dependent fashion (based on milligrams consumed & duration of use) can cause ulcers in any part of the GI tract. Due to the platelet inhibition effect of ibuprofen, ulcers caused by it may indeed bleed massively. If that is the scenario you're describing--immmediately stop taking Ibuprofen and get to the er!

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