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Dr. Scott Keith
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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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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

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