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Dr. Katharine Cox
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Antacid (Definition)

Antacids are a kind of anti-ulcer drug (gastroenterology drug, common ...Read more


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Is there an antacid that does not cause constipation?

Is there an antacid that does not cause constipation?

Magnesium Hydroxide: Magnesium hydroxide (mylanta) causes diarrhea in some and does not cause constipation. ...Read more

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Persistent constipation after taking prescription antacids. Remained long after quitting. What's the cure?

Persistent constipation after taking prescription antacids. Remained long after quitting. What's the cure?

Laxative foods/bev: Calcium carbonate is an ingredient in many antacids. Aluminum also does the same. Magnesium is more of a laxative and that is why many liquid laxatives mix aluminum and magnesium to balance the constipation/diarrhea effects of both. Stick to adding more fruits, veggies, juices, water to enhance softer bowel movements. If you do fiber-fill up with more fluids1. ...Read more

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Have dull pain in upper abdomen that feels like bloating but it's lasted for 3 days. Fairly persistent. Antacid does not help and not constipated.?

Have dull pain in upper abdomen that feels like bloating but it's lasted for 3 days. Fairly persistent. Antacid does not help and not constipated.?

Exam: An thorough history and examination might help establish your diagnosis. It sounds like your use of antacids doesn't help and makes the diagnosis of gastritis less likely. See your doctor for further assessment and work up. ...Read more

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My father in law is having diarrhea n constipation after chemo on Friday is it safe to take Tums (calcium carbonate) he has cll?

My father in law is having diarrhea n constipation after chemo on Friday is it safe to take Tums (calcium carbonate) he has cll?

Tums (calcium carbonate): Hi, I don't think there is any interaction between Chemo medication and Tums, (calcium carbonate) so it's ok. ...Read more

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Will Tums (calcium carbonate) help with constipation?

Probably not: As Tums (calcium carbonate) have calcium which when taken in excess will cause constipation. ...Read more

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I have stomach spasms at night only when im trying to sleep. Also for 3 months I have bad gas/acid. Tums (calcium carbonate) works for a bit, docs say constipation? Why?

I have stomach spasms at night only when im trying to sleep. Also for 3 months I have bad gas/acid. Tums (calcium carbonate) works for a bit, docs say constipation? Why?

Check with doctor: It seems gastric or stomach related. Sometimes the mileu of the stomach gets out of whack. A liitle bacteria here a litlte hyperacidity there. A GI doctor could probably pin it down. Try it. ...Read more

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I am pregnant and I am very constipated will tums help?

Tums: Works as an antacid. So I don't think it will help with constipation. Eat foods rich in fiber. Stay physically active and drink lots of water. (: ...Read more

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Age 16 mild stomach discomfort for pat 24 hrs. Not constipated, seems better with anti acids. What is causing this?

Age 16 mild stomach discomfort for pat 24 hrs. Not constipated, seems better with anti acids. What is causing this?

Heartburn: Heartburn or acid reflux may cause significant stomach irritation and therefore discomfort as you describe and responds to antacids. Try to avoid fatty, high carbohydrate foods as well as caffeine (coffee, tea, soda), sauces, mint. If you smoke avoid it as well. If it gets worse try to see your doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Is it possible for common antacids to neutralize the acid that plaque produces and causes cavities?

Is it possible for common antacids to neutralize the acid that plaque produces and causes cavities?

Yes: Current studies in cariology show that anything that increases ph over 7 will reduce or eliminate the decay process. However, using common antacids regularly for this purpose may be a problem for digestive health. ...Read more

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What can heal gastritis when none of the antacids including prescription seem to help? No known causes.

What can heal gastritis when none of the antacids including prescription seem to help? No known causes.

Gastritis: Unclear to me how your diagnosis was made, but usually an upper endoscopy should be performed somewhere along the way. I assume you already tried PPI's such as Pantoprazole, Omeprazole or Esomeprazole. A review of over the counter drugs and supplements, as well as lifestyle changes, food, drinks, smoking, etc should be part of the plan if this is indeed gastritis. ...Read more

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Could you tell me if talc causes cancer, why is it that it is found in antacid tablets and makeup?

Could you tell me if talc causes cancer, why is it that it is found in antacid tablets and makeup?

TALC - risk: I believe you are referring to the use of talc and risk of ovarian cancer. Yes, it is believed that there might be a correlation or increased risk with the use of talc and ovarian cancer. Not other cancers. ...Read more

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Can antacids cause stomach cancer?

Can antacids cause stomach cancer?

No: There is no research or statistics to substantiate this theory, despite the fact that lifetime use frequently occurs. ...Read more

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What causes my stomach to gurgle and gas when I lay down. Taking pantaloc doesn't seem to work. I take some antacid at night. What can I do?

What causes my stomach to gurgle and gas when I lay down. Taking pantaloc doesn't seem to work. I take some antacid at night. What can I do?

Probiotics: Try taking a probiotic supplement and looking at your diet. There are many foods that cause excessive gas - beans, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, chewing gum, milk products. See this website:
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/gas-and-gas-pains/in-depth/gas-and-gas-pains/art-20044739 ...Read more

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I can feel my food as it goes down to my stomach and it burns as it goes down. It causes chest pain. Took antacid no imprvmnt what could it be?

I can feel my food as it goes down to my stomach and it burns as it goes down. It causes chest pain. Took antacid no imprvmnt what could it be?

Esophagitis: Your esophagus is burned. You know how it takes a few days for a bad sunburn to stop hurting? Take antacid every 4 hours and at bedtime and/or add an otc drug like zantac (ranitidine) or prilosec. Avoid alcohol and aspirin. Don't eat within 2 hours of bedtime. If you're not better in 2 days, see your doctor. ...Read more

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I'm on vicodin for a pinched nerve in my back and I need to take an antacid cause I'm refluxing bad can I take alkaseltzer cause it has aspirin in it?

I'm on vicodin for a pinched nerve in my back and I need to take an antacid cause I'm refluxing bad can I take alkaseltzer cause it has aspirin in it?

You may want to see: Your doctor about your symptoms to make sure there is not an ulcer or gastritis issue for your back pain in the first place and your doctor may suggest other medication that may be more appropriate for your symptoms especially if the pain may be causing a stress type reaction to your stomach or are you also taking non steroidal anti inflammatories as well which cause GI symptoms in 10% taking them. ...Read more

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Wanted to know if antacids cause stomach cancer?

Wanted to know if antacids cause stomach cancer?

Hmmm: Not that I know of but if someone is using lots of antacids, it means he/she has persistent symptoms of gastritis or reflux. That person could have Barrett's esophagus or H. Pilori infection, both of which can be associated with different cancers of the upper GI tract. Probably be wise to be checked. ...Read more

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Had bad diarrhea and vomitting lastin about 12 hours can that cause clay colored stools? I took some antacids to help! 2 days later I still feel week

Med eval.: Clay colored stool is usually associated with lack of bile salts in the stool. Have the whites of your eyes or your skin turned yellow? Possible causes include: gallstones, hepatitis, biliary cirrhosis, as well as issues occlusions of bile ducts or biliary tree. Please seek medical attention. ...Read more

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Can taking an antacid for upset stomach cause dizziness or trigger dizziness or vertigo?

Can taking an antacid for upset stomach cause dizziness or trigger dizziness or vertigo?

Antacid: Taking any medication can cause dizziness. Avoid foods that cause acid to increase in stomach, also avoid caffeine smoking and stress. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water, about half your body weight in ounces per day and exercise doing something that you like doing frequently. ...Read more

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Can antacids cause a build up of calcium in inner ear and cause bppv or vertigo or dizziness?

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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33, F, acid reflux disease, does it cause malnutrition or loss of vitamins or does the regular use of antacids cause it?

33, F, acid reflux disease, does it cause malnutrition or loss of vitamins or does the regular use of antacids cause it?

No, nothing serious: Acid reflux disease, sometimes called, GERD does not cause any nutritional effects. Most antacids used to treat acidity are benign and of minimal consequences. PPIs do have some rare effects on electrolytes like magnesium and Calcium but only after many years of use. This can lead to occasional bone fractures but they are so rare the benefit is much greater than the risk. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Tums (Definition)

Tums is a mineral which is a kind of nutritional agent ...Read more


Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Constipation (Definition)

Constipation is difficulty passing ...Read more