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Dr. Randy Baker
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Supplements (Definition)

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


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Are Tums (calcium carbonate) a good calcium supplement?

Yes: Tum's can be used as a calcium supplement. The tum's smoothies taste better than the other tum's. ...Read more

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What happens if you take too many calcium supplement tablets like tums (calcium carbonate)?

What happens if you take too many calcium supplement tablets like tums (calcium carbonate)?

Coronary calcificati: Too much calcium contributes to coronary calcifications and kidney stones. Calcium is best obtained from dairy not from supplements. Only 300mg can be absorbed at once, 8oz milk. Larger doses are not absorbed but wasted . Calcium carb should be taken eith food! ...Read more

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Can pepto bismuth or Tums (calcium carbonate) help with ulcers?

Can pepto bismuth or Tums (calcium carbonate) help with ulcers?

Ulcer: They calm symptoms, but no direct effect on the ulcer healing. ...Read more

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Can eno Tums (calcium carbonate) cure stomach ulcer?

Can eno Tums (calcium carbonate) cure stomach ulcer?

No: Eno is a fruit salt antacid used to decrease bloating. Eno releases trapped gas which can then be discharged by belching. Eno neutralizes excess stomach acid. ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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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)

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)

Yes: Yes you can use both.... and if your symptoms are not going away with PPI's you should discuss this with your Dr. There could be more than meets the eye. But in short, yes you can take both ...Read more

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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

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Is it true antacids are worthless calcium supplements?

Is it true antacids are worthless calcium supplements?

Not true.: If you use calcium-containing antacids (like tums), you will get a good supply of calcium in addition to antacid effect. Other antacids (magnesium-containing, or so-called acid blockers like Pepcid (famotidine) or zantac) do not give you any calcium. ...Read more

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Is there evidence showing antacids are worthless as calcium supplements?

Is there evidence showing antacids are worthless as calcium supplements?

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 more

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Can Tums help prevent ulcers from forming when taking nsaids, or do they just reduce indigestion?

Can Tums help prevent ulcers from forming when taking nsaids, or do they just reduce indigestion?

No benefit here.: Tums will not prevent ulcers related to NSAID ingestion. The PPI class of medication would serve you best in that regard. ...Read more

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What to do about stomach ulcers besides milk and antacids?

What to do about stomach ulcers besides milk and antacids?

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

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Can someone cure an ulcer just by changing your diet and taking antacids?

Can someone cure an ulcer just by changing your diet and taking antacids?

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

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Is it okay to take antacids for stomach ulcers?

Yes: Sometimes that's all you need to treat a mild ulcer. A more serious one will more potent reducers called h2-blockers and proton pump inhibitors. ...Read more

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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?

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

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I'm taking lansoprazole 30 mg a day is it safe to take over-the-counter antacids at the same time something like tums (calcium carbonate)?

Yes : It is ok to take additional antacid medication however i would let your doctor know that the prescription strength medicine is not working completely. ...Read more

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21 years, female, lower right pain for two days now. Extremely nauseated. Tums (calcium carbonate) and antacids made worst and vomited. Gallbladder removed 2 years ago.

21 years, female, lower right pain for two days now. Extremely nauseated. Tums (calcium carbonate) and antacids made worst and vomited. Gallbladder removed 2 years ago.

More Info???: RLQ pain in a female most likely could be appendix or ovarian as the source. Other things are possible, but those are at the top of the list. See your doctor or go to the ED if the symptoms are bad or if they persist. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with gastritis. Can't take ppis or h2blockers due to side effects. Will Tums (calcium carbonate) or another antacid work as well? Thank you.

Diagnosed with gastritis. Can't take ppis or h2blockers due to side effects. Will Tums (calcium carbonate) or another antacid work as well? Thank you.

Yes: How was the diagnosis made?Depending on presence of h pylori or not, you may need in addition antibiotics. Avoid nsaids and smoking . The brief diagnosis use of protons inhibitors or h2 blockers are relatively safe. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Ulcer (Definition)

An ulcer is a discontinuity or a break in a body membrane that impedes the normal functioning of the organ of which that membrane is a part. Ulcers are further classified by their location. Ulcers are usually caused by infections, excessive acid production, stress, ...Read more


Ulceration (Definition)

An ulcer is a discontinuity or a break in a bodily membrane that impedes the organ of which that membrane is a part from continuing its normal functions. Ulcers are further classified by their location, for example; ...Read more