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I'm 34 wks and having a normal pregnancy but have really bad acid reflux, Tums (calcium carbonate) doesn't work for me as much anymore, Can I drink pepto-bismol liquid?
Fairly safe: Both are reasonably safe for short term use. However, long term use can lead to problems. Both work primarily by coating the stomach to help acid effects. With prolonged use the normal bacteria in the GI tract can be depleted and abnormal bacteria can overgrow. Alos prolonged use of peptobismol can cause discoloration of the intestinal tract along with elevated levels of bismuth. ...Read more
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.
The only time my acid reflux ease up is when I force myself to puke and then take tums, (calcium carbonate) I've tried other pills and they did not work, is that normal?
Tums Chewables: Can be taken with or without food. So that is ok. ...Read more
I’m having extreme heartburn day and night. What is the most effective otc medication to treat in pregnancy? Already tried tums. Didn’t work.
Heartburn: You may consider the cheapest over-the-counter drug with any of the following active ingredients: famotidine, ranitidine, or lansoprazole (all are considered safe in pregnancy). Famotidine or ranitidine may be better to try 1st. Lansoprazole is the most potent but may be hard to get off of later if you want to stop taking it. Let your doctor know if your acid lasts longer than 2 weeks on the drug. ...Read more
Severe heartburn at least 5x everyday. Even bland diets don't work. Tried All meds, nothing but Tums (calcium carbonate) work, I pop them like candy to get thru the day?
9 year old has reflux but PPI meds not seeming to work. Could it be something more serious. Eats Tums (calcium carbonate) like candy but doesn't seem to help.?
Either 20mg Pepcid (famotidine) AC or 2 Tums (600mg Ca total) work well for my acid reflux. Which is less harmful in long run? Afraid of Ca clogging my arteries.
I've taken every antacid med ppis, h2s, tums, maalox, aciphex (rabeprazole) on now. Nothing has helped my reflux; Except one day I figured out that Benadryl works. Why?
Histamine receptors: Are of different types, H1, blocked by antihistamines and are responsible for allergic reactions, H2 are responsible for gastric acid secretions, also H3 receptors found in the CNS, . Whether benadryl (diphenhydramine) worked and blocked the histamine receptors in your stomach, or you may be having another problem, that's yet to be found. Good that you had a remedy for now, tell your gastroenterologist about it ...Read more
Took cipro then monurol but I still have uti symptoms. Cultured for cipro to work. I am allergic to cipro. Took tums for nausea. Next? RX? Uro?
I have a stomachache, used tums, (calcium carbonate) maalax, Prilosec do not work. Had a upper GI and it came back with hypertrophic gastritis. What is that? What to do?
Menetrier Disease: A condition marked by inflammation and ulcers (breaks on the skin or on the surface of an organ) of the mucosa (inner lining) of the stomach and by overgrowth of the cells that make up the mucosa. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, and weight loss. Patients with giant hypertrophic gastritis may be at a higher risk of stomach cancer. Also called gastric mucosal hypertrophy and ménétrier disease. ...Read more
How do you cure an upset stomach, when you don't have any tums, (calcium carbonate) rolaids etc., are there home remedies that work?
More specific please: "upset stomach" is not enough information to help you. Do you have nausea with/without vomiting, fullness, bloating, gassiness, pain (if so in what location (s)), bleeding, diarrhea/constipation/change in baseline bowel habits, tenderness, distension? Are you pregnant, have underlying disease, >60? ...Read more
Tightness below breastbone sometimes with acid reflux & not. Comes and goes also. Told it's gerd sometimes pepcid, tums, etc don't work. Suggestions?
SEE GI doc: You need to consult a GI doctor and get an evaluation and treatment. ...Read more