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Antacid Ulcer Tums Calcium Supplement
I ran out of my antacid ulcer medicine so I took some Tums (calcium carbonate) calcium/calcium supplement. Is that bad?
A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more
Ulcer: They calm symptoms, but no direct effect on the ulcer healing. ...Read more
Peptic/gastric ulcer? Dull burning pain in sternum, slightly left center. Woke with "acid throat"? Tums (calcium carbonate) helps a bit. If "p/c" when is it an emrgcny?
Probably esophagus: Description is more for reflux of stomach content/acid into esophagus. Avoid coffee, tobacco, alcohol, fatty foos, spicy food, lying down after eating, eating before bedtime, chocolate. Short term ppi meds may help. Any shprtness of breath, sweats, etc see md asap. Doubt cardiac; unlikely ulcer. Call md if continues. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can I use PPI along with PepZIN GI (Dr best brand)(taking both on same day)?PepZin Gi is a nutritional supplement but, it has antacid too like Tums (calcium carbonate)
Is it an ulcer? Severe burning pain in the esophagus and stomach. Antacids (tums) taken, fallowed by ranitidine 75mg and Prilosec otc.
If you are getting blood tests to check vitamin levels, and it says "no supplements 24 hours", can you still have Tums (calcium carbonate) if not checking calcium levels?
I guess so: Blood vitamin levels can be very deceptive. You can have normal levels and still be deficient because it is the vitramin content within cells that really counts. Vitamin therapy and basic understanding of its uses is largely in the hands of doctors that practice complementary alternative medicine. Homeopathists, naturopath doctors and cheiropracters are often knowledgeable in this field. ...Read more
Not necessarily: I have understood that it is perfectly ok to use tums for instance as a calcium supplement-- it comes in different strengths, including a 750 and 1000 mg strength ( of calcium carbonate). What i had read was that your body cannot deal with more than about 500mg at a time anyway so i'm not sure the strength actually matters. It's important to take the calcium with meals several times daily. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can Tums help prevent ulcers from forming when taking nsaids, or do they just reduce indigestion?
Depends: Depends of what is the reason for an ulcer. If it i'd due to h. Pylori infection, than you need course of antibiotics, there are other reasons for peptic ulcers and in each case you won't get rid of an ulcer unless you eliminate the cause. You need to see a GI specialist, they will help you to find why you have ulcer and treat it properly. ...Read more
No not all ulcers: Most ulcers in stomach are caused by infection with h pylori a bacteriaand is treated with antibiotics and acid suppression, but few ulcers can be caused by nonsteroidal meds like aspirin, ibuprofen, narosyn etc and these may heal with diet and acid suppression with antacids and meds like Omeprazole and others.And rarely ulcers are due to cancer.The diagnosis is usually made by endoscopy. ...Read more
Burning pain below front left rib, told it was ulcer 2 years ago, took antacids went away so stopped. Now pain is back and does not seem food related?
H pylori infection: You may have h pylori infection that is treatable. Please see site for info and discuss the matter with your doctor. There is no need to suffer from pain. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001255/. ...Read more