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Dr. Marvin Ott
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Antacid (Definition)

Antacids are a kind of anti-ulcer drug (gastroenterology drug, common ...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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Why do people prefer medicines such as Tums (calcium carbonate) and maalox over natural remedies for gas relief?

Why do people prefer medicines such as Tums (calcium carbonate) and maalox over natural remedies for gas relief?

Quick fix: Why do so many people prefer to take a pill than to make an actual change in their lifestyle? In part because 1) it seems easier, and 2) short term thinking is common. It places more responsibility outside of themselves, whereas making healthy choices requires taking responsibility for yourself. Sad but true: the promise of a quick fix is irresistible to people averse to change. ...Read more

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How to know which kind of medication I should take for occasional stomach pain, an antacid like maalox or a anti-spasmodic like buscopan?

How to know which kind of medication I should take for occasional stomach pain, an antacid like maalox or a anti-spasmodic like buscopan?

Stomach pain: First we should determine the cause of the stomach pain. Many patients have stomach pain because of diet related issues, others from inflammation, genetics, virus, bacteria, etc. Have you tried a no-gluten, very low carbohydrate diet before? If now, start this first. You may find you will no longer need meds. Do you smoke? Where do you work? Work with chemicals? Consult with us to help you better. ...Read more

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I have an ulcer and had the breathing test for h. Pylori bacteria. Will it show negative if I had taken an antacid Zantac (ranitidine) and maalox that morning?

I have an ulcer and had the breathing test for h. Pylori bacteria. Will it show negative if I had taken an antacid Zantac (ranitidine) and maalox that morning?

It may: Zantac (ranitidine) has been shown to affect breath h.Pylori test, although, not to the same degree as proton pump inhibitors (prilosec, Prevacid and their ilk). Zantac (ranitidine), pepcid, tagamet must be withheld for at least 48-72 hours prior to that that. Maalox is ok to take. ...Read more

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Can you take antacids/tums with suboxone?

Can you take antacids/tums with suboxone?

You may: You may take antacids with your medication. It would be prudent to inform your doctor of all the medications, including over the counter and herbals that you take, preferably before taking those.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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Does maalox contain bismuth subsalicylate?

Does maalox contain bismuth subsalicylate?

No: It does not. There a few different maalox preparations containing aluminum hydroxide, magnesium hydroxide, simethicone or calcium carbonate. ...Read more

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What to do if your 7 year old child ate antacids (about 10 tums)?

What to do if your 7 year old child ate antacids (about 10 tums)?

Not likely toxic: A good number to keep at hand is the national poison control number : 1-800-222-1222
the above ingestion is unlikely to bother a 7yo, but you can get specific guidance by talking with the poison control center staff. Do not induce vomiting. ...Read more

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I just ate 12 tums. Should I be worried? I'm 23, and weigh 200 pounds.

I just ate 12 tums. Should I be worried? I'm 23, and weigh 200 pounds.

No worry: ! 2 tums will pass. Drink plenty of water. How tall are you? Unless you are more than 6 feet tall, you are probably overweight. The sooner you address your weight issue the better, You need to reduce your intake of food and increase physical activity - easier said than done.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Hi, My 8 year old boy is passing stools way more often than he usually does, since over a week now. His stools are hard. Tum and bottom pain too.?

Hi, My 8 year old boy is passing stools way more often than he usually does, since over a week now. His stools are hard. Tum and bottom pain too.?

Constipation will: Require significant treatment to improve, especially if it has been ongoing for a while. Sometimes with chronic constipation, one can have incomplete impaction of stool such that there is some stool that passes "around" the point of impaction and you end up having bowel movements, but still constipated. Drink lots of water, take some stool softeners, and use digital or suppository rectal stim. ...Read more

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Had this pain in my tummy for 2 day now and its travelling around the side of my tummy and the first day I got the pain it was at the bottom of my tum?

Exam needed: Two days of ongoing abdominal pain is concerning and should be evaluated by a physician. More description of your discomfort is needed but inflammation of appendix, gall bladder, pelvic organs, colon are possibilities. Your physician will examine you and then order appropriate tests needed to make a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Startd liquid diet 8 day ago lost 1 stone only ate bit of soup yday and wen I went to eat some soup 2day my tum hurt & I felt sick what's wrong with me?

Startd liquid diet 8 day ago lost 1 stone only ate bit of soup yday and wen I went to eat some soup 2day my tum hurt & I felt sick what's wrong with me?

It's temporary.: When you're on liquid diet, the stomach shrinks so when you eat any food, even soup which have some solid food, it expands the stomach and cause some discomfort. As you continue to eat more, the discomfort will go away. ...Read more

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When to use maalox? And why?

When to use maalox? And why?

Maalox: Maalox is used for the relief of heartburn. The contents which is calcium carbonate neutralizes the acids present in the stomach. ...Read more

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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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Will mylanta or Maalox help with chronic nauseous?

Will mylanta or Maalox help with chronic nauseous?

Find symptom's cause: Nausea may be GI-related (food poisoning, peptic disease, gastroparesis, due to biliary & pancreatic disease, gas/bloat syndrome, small bowel problems. Consider "central" causes: motion sickness, vertigo, migraine headache, brain problems (some very serious). Also, rule out infection (? Urinary tract), medication side effects, pregnancy, & even reaction to stress. Antacids just neutralize acid. ...Read more

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I take maalox for acid reflux. How can I get over it faster?

I take maalox for acid reflux. How can I get over it faster?

Family practice: Maalox helps to coat the stomach. It may temporarily alter ph but you may need something that actually refuses acid production. You may be developing an ulcer so should see a GI specialist. ...Read more

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How can I stop the burning if tum's and Pepcid (famotidine) hasn't stopped it?

C MD: Find out what the problem is; could be esophagitis (inflamed foodpipe), stomach or duodennal inflammation or ulcer, or bigger problem. Antacids like maalox (aluminum/magnesium hydroxide), or peptobismol (bismuth subsalicylate) may help. Stronger meds loke Omeprazole (prilosec otc) may help. Don't use for more than 2 wks w/o seeing md to make sure not a serious problem. Cut out coffee, spicy food. ...Read more

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I take dexliant 60mg at night for gerd. I have flair ups and was wondering if it was ok to take maalox for faster relief when the flair ups happen.

I take dexliant 60mg at night for gerd. I have flair ups and was wondering if it was ok to take maalox for faster relief when the flair ups happen.

Be observant: Maalox contains aluminum which can complex with phosphate. Plain calcium carbonate like Tums or sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) can both neutralize stomach acid. It is useful to determine what triggers flares and avoid the triggers. Sometimes doing moves to treat hiatal hernia prevents the need for anti-acids. Eating small frequent meals helps as well. ...Read more

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Tums and Pepcid (famotidine) the same?

No: Tums is basically just a calcium pill while Pepcid (famotidine) is an acid blocker. ...Read more

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Is Tums the same as pepcid (famotidine)?

Tums/Pepcid: Pepcid (famotidine) is a histamine h2 receptor antagonist it inhibits stomach acid & is used for ulcers & gerd. Tums is an antacid made of sucrose & calcium carbonate, used for indigestion & heartburn. ...Read more

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Can I take Tums and nexium (esomeprazole)?

Can I take Tums and nexium (esomeprazole)?

Yes: These can work together to relieve symptoms of stomach acidity, esophageal reflux and gerd. They do not interfere with the action of each other. ...Read more

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Can I take prevacid (lansoprazole) with tums?

Wait an hour or so: Prevacid (lansoprazole) needs acid stimulus about an hour after ingestion to best be activated. A meal would be the ideal. Take the Tums after that. ...Read more

Dr. John Fordtran
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Calcium Carbonate (Definition)

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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Tums (Definition)

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