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Dr. Alan Ali
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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I ran out of my antacid ulcer medicine so I took some Tums calcium/calcium supplement. Is that bad?

Dr. Alan Ali
Board Certified, Psychiatry
27 years in practice
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I ran out of my antacid ulcer medicine so I took some Tums calcium/calcium supplement. Is that bad?

Tums: Safe, as long as u don't use in excess, your calcium is normal, and your kidney functions are ok. ...Read more

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Dr. Adam Smith
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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Dr. Tracy Lovell
Board Certified, Rheumatology
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Are "tums antacid calcium supplement extra strength" safe to take at 7 weeks pregnant?

Dr. Tracy Lovell
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Tums: Tums are great relievers of heartburn during pregnancy---just do not take more than what is recommended on the bottle. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Are Tums a good calcium supplement?

Dr. Robert Kwok
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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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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Dr. Kathleen Hands
Board Certified, Endocrinology
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What happens if you take too many calcium supplement tablets like tums?

Dr. Kathleen Hands
Board Certified, Endocrinology
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What happens if you take too many calcium supplement tablets like tums?

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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Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Board Certified, Rheumatology
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Can I try 3-4 TUMS for severe leg cramps while on Prednisone? I do take multivitamin & a Magnesium, Zinc, Calcium supplement. Have OA. Any harm?

Dr. PHILIP WALLER
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Can I try 3-4 TUMS for severe leg cramps while on Prednisone?  I do take multivitamin & a Magnesium, Zinc, Calcium supplement.  Have OA. Any harm?

Possibly: TUMs may affect the absorption of other medications. Also if they have calcium in them you do not want to go above 1,500 mg of calcium a day because of the risk of kidney stones. Also you said you have OA and we typically do not use Prednisone for that condition. Please make certain of your diagnosis ...Read more

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
Board Certified, Rheumatology
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Is it an ulcer? Severe burning pain in the esophagus and stomach. Antacids (tums) taken, fallowed by ranitidine 75mg and Prilosec otc.

Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Is it an ulcer? Severe burning pain in the esophagus and stomach. Antacids (tums) taken, fallowed by ranitidine 75mg and Prilosec otc.

GERD: Reflux is more likely than an ulcer but both can cause similar symptoms. Forget tums. Stay with prilosec. If symptoms pwesist, see a doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Jane Steiner
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Is there evidence showing antacids are worthless as calcium supplements?

Dr. Jane Steiner
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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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Dr. Richard Shewbridge
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Is it true antacids are worthless calcium supplements?

Dr. Richard Shewbridge
Board Certified, Endocrinology
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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 or zantac) do not give you any calcium. ...Read more

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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
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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 if not checking calcium levels?

Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Board Certified, Preventive Medicine
68 years in practice
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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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Can eno Tums cure stomach ulcer?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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Can eno Tums 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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Dr. Randy Baker
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Antacid (Definition)

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