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Can tums (calcium carbonate) cause kidney stones?

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Dr. Roscoe Nelson
Urology 28 years experience
Yes: Tums (calcium carbonate) have calcium in them and excess calcium either stays in the the intestine and goes with a bm or is absorbed and goes out in the urine. Excess use of calcium supplements can lead to stones. That being said we usually don't restrict dietary calcium.
Dr. S. Smiley Thakur
Nephrology and Dialysis 31 years experience
No: Respectfully, calcium restriction is no longer thought to be of benefit in the prevention of kidney stones. Patients with calcium-oxalate stones, benefit from taking Tums (calcium carbonate) with meals. The dietary calcium in the Tums (calcium carbonate) binds to the oxalate in the food, preventing its absorption and ultimate excretion in the urine.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

Can taking too many Tums (calcium carbonate) can cause kidney stones?

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Dr. S. Smiley Thakur
Nephrology and Dialysis 31 years experience
No correlation: I'm assuming you mean can any physical activity you perform cause a kidney stone.

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