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How do 'tums' work?

How do 'tums' work?

Tums (calcium carbonate): Tums is antacid made of sucrose (sugar) & calcium carbonate. It provides relief from acid indigestion & heartburn, by neutralizing stomach acid. ...Read more

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Do Tums (calcium carbonate) work?

Tums (calcium carbonate): Tums (Calcium Carbonate) can help reduce symptoms from indigestion, stomach upset & heart burn. It can be used for calcium deficiency. ...Read more

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How effective and safe are pepto-bismol and tums (calcium carbonate)? How do they work?

How effective and safe are pepto-bismol and tums (calcium carbonate)? How do they work?

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

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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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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?

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?

Tried a PPI?: Have you tried a 2 week course of a PPI (e.g. PRILOSEC OTC)? This can help but takes a few days treatment minimum. Also, try to avoid all alcohol, NSAIDS, large meals or meals 1 hour before bed, smoking, acidic foods for a few days as well. ...Read more

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Why does Tums (calcium carbonate) work if I have little stomach acid?

Gerd: You have gerd and Tums neutralizes the acid in your stomach. If this happens to you frequently you need endoscopy by a gastroenterologist and possibly placed on a ppi like Nexium (esomeprazole) or prilosec. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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

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How do you cure an upset stomach, when you don't have any tums, (calcium carbonate) rolaids etc., are there home remedies that work?

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

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My husband takes prescription for heart burn and tums (calcium carbonate). Nothing works. Not even a diet. What can he do?

My husband takes prescription for heart burn and tums (calcium carbonate). Nothing works. Not even a diet. What can he do?

GERD: How old is your husband? Heartburn can be caused by gerd, meaning gastroesophageal acid reflux, or angina. He may need to see his doctor if he has other risk factors for heart disease. If it is gerd, he can try omeprazol 20 mg oral once a day. ...Read more

Dr. John Fordtran
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Calcium Carbonate (Definition)

Calcium carbonate is an antacid which is a kind of ...Read more


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Tums (Definition)

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