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Differences Between Calcium Phosphate Calcium Carbonate
I have switched after using ppi for GERD for over 4 years to Tums (calcium carbonate) (3000mg daily) since 2 months and do not feel any difference/ is it ok to continue?
AGN: Calcium & phosphorus r important for healthy bones, muscles, and nerves; however, in renal disease phosphorus may accumulate leading to unwanted consequences (including lowered calcium); thus calcium supplements (citrate/ carbonate/et al) r given to bind excess phosphate for excretion.See 1 more doctor answer
There is no specific: ...contraindication to taking these two supplements in the same 24 hour period. 1800 mg of calcium is 2x higher than the total recommended from food and supplements. Taking calcium supplements WITH food increases their absorption. At high doses, calcium can cause digestive problems. It's important to stay hydrated when taking calcium supplements of any kind. Dr. Anne.
I heard that calcium carbonate tablets can help acid in the short term, but make it come back worse, is this true?
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.
Been prescribed calcium carbonate for osteoporosis - heard this isn't the best absorbed - what is? I'm on two 600mg split doses.
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
What R U treating?: If for GERD, there are far better choices. If for treatment of osteopenia, there are far better choices here too. Excessive calcium intake may backfire--hyperacidity, kidney stones, more (see Dr. Heidi Fowler's excellent HealthTap answer on the subject).
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. Serious effects from Tums (calcium carbonate) (especially with chronic use) could include rebound hyperacidity, gall stones, calcinosis, hypercalcemia, metabolic acidosis & renal injury)See 1 more doctor answer
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