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A 23-year-old female asked:

I heard that calcium carbonate tablets can help acid in the short term, but make it come back worse, is this true?

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Dr. Scot Lewey
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Not really : Using antacid will reduce acicidity in your stomach briefly but not change course of gastroesophageal reflux disease per se. If you have gerd then the symptom relief will be least relieved in degree and duration by antacids, more by type 2 histamine blockers e.g. Zantac/ranitidine, pepcid/famotidune; & best with proton pump inhibitors (ppi's) like nexium, prilosec/omeprazole, dexilant, (dexlansoprazole) prevacid.
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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Calcium can stimulate gastrin-associated acid production.
Sep 23, 2013
Last updated Jan 6, 2017


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