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Can antacid medication like Tums (calcium carbonate) damage your stomach if your stomach is not having any high level of acidity in the stomach?

Can antacid medication like Tums (calcium carbonate) damage your stomach if your stomach is not having any high level of acidity in the stomach?

Not likely: You would have to take a lot of Tums (calcium carbonate) to cause any problems...And that would be because of the calcium, not the low acid. ...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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Which antacid contains calcium, magnesium, and simethicone?

Which antacid contains calcium, magnesium, and simethicone?

ROLAID: Rolaid contains
1calcium carbonate
2magnesium hydroxide
3simethicone. ...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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I need an antacid that does not contain calcium or aluminun. My blood calcium levels are a little high. Can't tolarate acid reducers o inhibitors.?

I need an antacid that does not contain calcium or aluminun. My blood calcium levels are a little high. Can't tolarate acid reducers o inhibitors.?

Antacid-wo alum: You can try magnesium hydroxide tablets. Talk to your pharmacist. Side effect can be diarrhea. Have you checked out why you are having heartburn? See your doctor. ...Read more

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Would calcium chloride affect absorption of meds. Trying to find antacid that won't stop meds from working effectively?

See details: At age 30, why are you taking calcium in the first place? It is a poor antacid. If you must take an antacid, take magnesium or aluminum salts. Try acid blockers such as zantac (ranitidine) or pepcid. ...Read more

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Is pneumonia can happen due to over-the-counter antacids like Tums (calcium carbonate)?

Is pneumonia can happen due to over-the-counter antacids like Tums (calcium carbonate)?

No: Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that can be caused by a bacteria or virus. These are microscopic pathogens that are inhaled into the lungs. Usually passed from one person who is ill through a cough and inhaled by another. Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough and wash hands often when ill! ...Read more

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Is adipic acid (ingredient in Tums (calcium carbonate) and generic antacids) same as aluminum?

No: No, it is made up of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. There is no aluminum in the compound. It is added in small amounts to Tums (calcium carbonate) and antacids as a flavoring agent, giving them a tart taste. ...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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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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Can antacids cause a build up of calcium in inner ear and cause bppv or vertigo or dizziness?

Calcium deposit: No, there are no reported cases of high calcium leading to deposits on the inner ear, and vertigo. Bppv is also not caused by high calcium levels. ...Read more

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Post Whipple so must take antacids and enzymes. Guidance says avoid calcium carbonate and magnesium hydroxide antacids. Any alternatives please?

Post Whipple so must take antacids and enzymes. Guidance says avoid calcium carbonate and magnesium hydroxide antacids. Any alternatives please?

Alternatives: The problem is most antacids are from the 2 chemicals but you can use Gaviscon which is a little different and so could be used without over use. However I do not know if you can use meds or are on the H2 receptor blockers (Zantac, Pepcid, (famotidine) Axid) These can help with the heartburn as well. You can try these and see. I hope it is some help but depends on your provider. ...Read more

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How much gap betwen antacid & B12 sublingual 1500mcg. Can we take multivit, calcium carb (500mg) same time as B12 supp? How much gap for vit c & b12?

Wouldn't take: antacid at the same time you are taking your supplements b/c you are reducing UR stomach acidity further that you need that to digest or help your MVI (multivitamin) get absorbed better. B12 can be taken alone sublingual. It's not digested. You can take it along with your MVI (multivitamin), and Vitamin C. Space your calcium tablet separately as it can act like an antacid itself (Tums?) Greens can interfere with Ca absorption. ...Read more

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Are "tums antacid calcium supplement extra strength" safe to take at 7 weeks pregnant?

Tums (calcium carbonate): Tums (calcium carbonate) 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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I ran out of my antacid ulcer medicine so I took some Tums (calcium carbonate) calcium/calcium supplement. Is that bad?

I ran out of my antacid ulcer medicine so I took some Tums (calcium carbonate) calcium/calcium supplement. Is that bad?

Tums (calcium carbonate): 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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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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What is the best otc, non-ppi antacid (i.E. Malox, mylanta, pepto bismol, tums, (calcium carbonate) rolaids, etc.)?

What is the best otc, non-ppi antacid (i.E. Malox, mylanta, pepto bismol, tums, (calcium carbonate) rolaids, etc.)?

Acid reduction...: Non-ppi acid reducers include the h2-blocker class (tagamet=cimetidine; zantac=ranitidine; pepcid=famotidine) as well as antacids (like maalox, mylanta, tums, (calcium carbonate) etc.). The former reduce production of acid while the latter neutralize stomach acid. There are pros ; cons to each, so its not a question of which is best but which is best for you. Can take antacids 1 ; 3 hours after meals ; at bedtime. ...Read more

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I have stomach pain, when I take Tums (calcium carbonate) antacid that helps the pain but I get severe diarrhea?

I have stomach pain, when I take Tums (calcium carbonate) antacid that helps the pain but I get severe diarrhea?

Try: Zantac (ranitidine) or Pepcid instead... If no improvement with that, try Prilosec otc and see your doctor to be sure something more serious isn't the cause... Tums usually causes more constipation than diarrhea, so if that persists, see you doctor to be sure your gallbladder or other potential abdominal problems are not to blame. ...Read more

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I am a 46 year old hispanic that has frequent, heartburn every time I eat. Love spicy food, what medication do you recommend. Tums (calcium carbonate) no good. Or zentac.

I am a 46 year old hispanic that has frequent, heartburn every time I eat. Love spicy food, what medication do you recommend. Tums (calcium carbonate) no good. Or zentac.

Heartburn: You can eat psicy but you have to avoid greasy food, so you have to avoid fried food, greasy food, eat small frequent meals not large meals, don't eat too late before going to bed, and if you smoke, stop smoking. If you have some diet modifications and lose some weight you will still be able to enjoy your spicy food. ...Read more

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Best recommended OTC drug for random heartburn? No prilosec. Tums (calcium carbonate) and rolaids make me vomit. Nothing to chew. Rather a preventative than an as needed.

Best recommended OTC drug for random heartburn? No prilosec. Tums (calcium carbonate) and rolaids make me vomit. Nothing to chew. Rather a preventative than an as needed.

How about behaviors?: Assuming you have tried ranitidine (otc), here are some thoughts. Heartburn is caused by acidic stomach contents sloshing up into the less protected esophagus, and it can be brought on by acidic or spicy foods, alcohol, coffee, etc. If you are overweight or pregnant, you are more prone to heartburn because of the greater pressure in your belly. Eating late at night may bring it on, as can smoking. ...Read more

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Which is the difference between aluminum - magnesium and calcium base anti acids?

ANTACIDS: These antacids are salts that act as buffers for neutralizing acid. The difference is which type of salt. ...Read more

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Is there a such thing as overdosing on Tums (calcium carbonate) chewables?

Is there a such thing as overdosing on Tums (calcium carbonate) chewables?

Seek medical help: Tums is calcium carbonate. Too much in the system can lead to digestive irritations, constipation and diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, muscle twitching, irregular heartbeat, confusion, depression, even coma. Treatment is activated charcoal, or gastric lavage. ...Read more

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Is there aluminum in tums (calcium carbonate)?

See below please: Glaxosmithkline consumer healthcare does not add aluminum during the manufacturing process of the tums® tablets but one of the raw materials used in tums® does contain negligible amounts of aluminum, measured as parts per million (ppm), ranging approximately from 100 to 500 ppm. ...Read more

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Eating too much Tums (calcium carbonate) does what?

Eating too much Tums (calcium carbonate) does what?

Tums (calcium carbonate) overdose: Can lead to nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain/ cramping, decreased appetite, constipation, diarrhea, confusion, delirium, coma, depression, involuntary muscle twitching & cardiac arrhythmia. ...Read more

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I feel like I have a rock in my throat..... Tums (calcium carbonate)?

I feel like I have a rock in my throat..... Tums (calcium carbonate)?

Globus sensation?: Sounds like you experience the feeling of a ball or lump in the back of your throat that you have to swallow past? If so, this is "globus." alternatively, you may have laryngo-esophaeal reflux without heartburn. Sometimes, the actual swallowing mechanism may be impaired due to "spasms" or dysmotility. A gastroenterologist or ear-nose-throat specialist is a good starting point for evaluation. ...Read more

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