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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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I just started weekly b-12 shots for severely low b-12 numbers. I have acid reflux. Is it ok to take Tums (calcium carbonate) or pepto bismol while getting the injections?

I just started weekly b-12 shots for severely low b-12 numbers. I have acid reflux. Is it ok to take Tums (calcium carbonate) or pepto bismol while getting the injections?

Yes, however...: It is perfectly fine to use Tums (calcium carbonate) or pepto bismol- these won't interfere with your treatment at all. Ironically, many with reflux (and many with low b12) have low stomach acid rather than too much! you might want to try some of the alternative approaches to treating reflux that are discussed here: http://www.Naturalnews.Com/036336_ppis_acid_reflux_side_effects.Html. ...Read more

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Why do I get nausea every night? Me and my body are getting tired of having to take pepto bismol or Tums (calcium carbonate) to deal with it, just to sleep. :(

Why do I get nausea every night? Me and my body are getting tired of having to take pepto bismol or Tums (calcium carbonate) to deal with it, just to sleep. :(

Gastritis or GERD: I suspect you may have either gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining) or gerd (gastroesophageal reflux disease or acid reflux). Diet (caffeine, chocolate, alcohol), tobacco, medications (ibuprofen for example), and infections (h. Pylori) can all be possible causes for the inflammation. I would suggest you see your primary care doctor to discuss symptoms and possible treatment options. ...Read more

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I think its possible i might have food poisoning. But i don't think anything i ate can go bad. Would it be ok if i took pepto bismol or tums (calcium carbonate)?

I think its possible i might have food poisoning. But i don't think anything i ate can go bad. Would it be ok if i took pepto bismol or tums (calcium carbonate)?

Go ahead!: Why do you think you have food poisoning? What symptoms do you have? Taking pepto or Tums (calcium carbonate) will not do any harm but if you have no symptoms, why do you want to take these medications. It is not a good idea to take any medication, unless it is needed. ...Read more

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What is the best otc, non-ppi antacid (i.E. Malox, mylanta, pepto bismol, tums, (calcium carbonate) rolaids, etc.)?

What is the best otc, non-ppi antacid (i.E. Malox, mylanta, pepto bismol, tums, (calcium carbonate) rolaids, etc.)?

Acid reduction...: Non-ppi acid reducers include the h2-blocker class (tagamet=cimetidine; zantac=ranitidine; pepcid=famotidine) as well as antacids (like maalox, mylanta, tums, (calcium carbonate) etc.). The former reduce production of acid while the latter neutralize stomach acid. There are pros ; cons to each, so its not a question of which is best but which is best for you. Can take antacids 1 ; 3 hours after meals ; at bedtime. ...Read more

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Is pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) a type of antacid?

Yes: It is a long established liquid product that aids in digestive upset. ...Read more

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My stomach hurts after eating. Is it better to take pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) or an antacid?

My stomach hurts after eating. Is it better to take pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) or an antacid?

Antacid better: Personally I have never been fond of Pepto Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) mainly due to its annoying side effect of making your stools turn black which can be alarming for some people. ...Read more

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I've been feeling really sick for 4 days now. Nausea from morning until night, and a bit of diarrhea. I've tried tums (calcium carbonate) and pepto bismol, not helping.

I've been feeling really sick for 4 days now. Nausea from morning until night, and a bit of diarrhea. I've tried tums (calcium carbonate) and pepto bismol, not helping.

Gastroenteritis. : This sounds like a case of acute gastroenteritis, either viral or food-borne. Typically these episodes last three to five days and are treated conservatively. Should this last longer than seven days, then you should certainly see a doctor locally for testing, just to make sure nothing else is going on. For now, fluids and lighter fare in the diet. ...Read more

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