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Can nexium be taken 2-3 hours after taking Tums (antacid)?

Can nexium be taken 2-3 hours after taking Tums (antacid)?

Yes: Nexium and tums are 2 different medications. Perhaps it would be best for you to take Nexium before, and tums later if the problem persists.

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Any side effects to taking Tums (calcium carbonate) every day?

Any side effects to taking Tums (calcium carbonate) every day?

Yes: Too many Tums (or other antacids containing calcium carbonate) over an extended period of time can lead to "milk alkali syndrome" in which there are high levels of calcium in the blood & a shift in the body's acid-base balance towards alkaline. This can lead to calcium deposits in the kidneys & other tissues as well as kidney stones. Limit calcium intake to 1500 mg/day in divided doses. ...Read more

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I vomit after taking tums (calcium carbonate). Is this normal?

I vomit after taking tums (calcium carbonate). Is this normal?

No: Are you taking too many Tums (calcium carbonate)? Tums (calcium carbonate) overdose
Can lead to nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain/ cramping, decreased appetite, constipation, diarrhea, confusion, delirium, coma, depression, involuntary muscle twitching & cardiac arrhythmia. ...Read more

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Having localized pain in waves in left flank, not intensen but still painful, tired, taking tums, every night to stop acid reflux? Is this the cause? When should I consider the ER

Having localized pain in waves in left flank, not intensen but still painful, tired, taking tums, every night to stop acid reflux? Is this the cause? When should I consider the ER

Need more info: Left flank pain could be
1. Renal -? Any burning or pain on urinating
2. GI -? Any constipation or pain associated with meals.
3. Splenic - will need examination and investigation
4. Musculoskeletal ...Read more

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Heartburn and pregnancy what is the strongest thing you can take! I have been taking Tums and Zantac (ranitidine) and its not helping!?

Heartburn and pregnancy what is the strongest thing you can take! I have been taking Tums and Zantac (ranitidine) and its not helping!?

See a doctor: If you've tried over the counter Zantac (ranitidine) and tums, it would be best to see a physician to discuss your heartburn, address your risk factors and possible remedies. ...Read more

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I've had indigestion for 5 days - right under my rib cage. Taking Tums& Zantac (ranitidine) and not helping much. It is worse at night-never had this before. Help?

I've had indigestion for 5 days - right under my rib cage. Taking Tums& Zantac (ranitidine) and not helping much. It is worse at night-never had this before. Help?

Bad dyspepsia: Jeremy, to save space, do this:
1.avoid all spicey or acidic foods ~ curry, pineapples, breyani, etc. AVOID ALCHOLOL
2. elevate the head of your bed about an inch both sides to reduce REFLUX
3. TAKE ANY ANTACID ~ ABOUT 20 - 3O ML/3 X A DAY PREF BEFORE MEALS
4. eat slowly and chew well,
change to PRILOSEC OTC as directed
5 if no better in 1 month make an appt to see gastroenterologist for endoscopy ...Read more

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Is pantoprazole good for hangovers? Sometimes taking Tums (calcium carbonate) ain't enough to settle my stomach. D:

No: Pantoprazole and other proton-pump inhibitors will not treat hangovers. Tums (calcium carbonate) is also not good for hangovers but does help a little with the nausea associated with hangovers. The best treatment for hangovers is not to get so drunk in the first place and to drink clear non-sugary fluids, proteins, and b vitamins to help with symptoms. Time is the only cure. ...Read more

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Would taking Tums (calcium carbonate) before going to bed (without food) cause kidney stones to form? I've done this 3-times over a 2-week duration & got a 3mm stone.

Would taking Tums (calcium carbonate) before going to bed (without food) cause kidney stones to form? I've done this 3-times over a 2-week duration & got a 3mm stone.

Stone: Is remotely possible that Tums (calcium carbonate) would promote kidney stone, but it is likely there are other reasons, such as dehydration, oxalate excess, citrate deficiency, or a genetic problem. Requires evaluation. ...Read more

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Will taking Tums or Zantac (ranitidine) 150 with Advil help prevent stomach irritation/upset caused by Advil?

Will taking Tums or Zantac (ranitidine) 150 with Advil help prevent stomach irritation/upset caused by Advil?

PPI is better: Over-the-counter proton pump inhibitors like Prilosec (omeprazole) or Nexium (esomeprazole) can protect the stomach from non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like Advil (ibuprofen)/Aleve (naproxen). H2 blockers like Zantac (ranitidine)/Pepcid (famotidine) at double dose are less effective, & protect only the duodenum, not the stomach. Antacids like Tums (calcium carbonate) are inadequate for this purpose. ...Read more

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For acid reflux can you overdose by taking Nexium (esomeprazole) 40mg 4 or 5 times a day I have heart burn and only get temporary relief by taking Tums and Nexium (esomeprazole)

For acid reflux can you overdose by taking Nexium (esomeprazole) 40mg 4 or 5 times a day I have heart burn and only get temporary relief by taking Tums and Nexium (esomeprazole)

Yes: This is far outside of the normal dosing range and is not recommended or studied at these doses. I would advise you to see your md to hone in further on the source of your severe heartburn. ...Read more

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Hi. I've been very bad acid reflux. Constant chronic coughing and throwing up phlegm. Tums does not seem to be helping. Is Prevacid advisable? And have I made a mistake in taking tums as that seems to be category C? I am in my 10th week of pregnancy. Than

Hi. I've been very bad acid reflux. Constant chronic coughing and throwing up phlegm. Tums does not seem to be helping. Is Prevacid advisable? And have I made a mistake in taking tums as that seems to be category C? I am in my 10th week of pregnancy. Than

DietEevateHeadOfBed&: You can do following
Do not drink or smoke
Raise the head of you bed by 6 to8 inches
Prevacid or Prilosec is safet take but ask your OB Doctor if it is ok
Besides that avoid cirus fruits, mint, tomatoes, big fatty meals and eat at night at least 3 hours before going to bed, ...Read more

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I've had stomach pains and heartburn and have been taking Tums (calcium carbonate) to help but it hasn't helped and have also developed a headache and have no appetite.

I've had stomach pains and heartburn and have been taking Tums (calcium carbonate) to help but it hasn't helped and have also developed a headache and have no appetite.

Stomach/heart burn: Tums (calcium carbonate) may not be sufficient for pain, need to avoid certain food, such as tomatoes, greasy food, soft drinks, spicy food, etc., avoid smoking, over the counter omeprazole, cimetidine, lanzoprazole may help. It is not clear if the headache is related to the stomach pain, but may need to see doctor if pain worsens after making some dietary changes and tried the above meds ...Read more

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Nausea when eating certain foods. Feels like grease being poured into my stomach. No other symptoms. Taking tums with very little relief. GERD or Gastritis? Also get discomfort between shoulder blade. Gallbladder been ruled out.

Nausea when eating certain foods. Feels like grease being poured into my stomach. No other symptoms. Taking tums with very little relief. GERD or Gastritis? Also get discomfort between shoulder blade. Gallbladder been ruled out.

GERD?: Sounds like GERD as a primary choice. Gastritis would be a good secondary option for diagnosis. Have you tried treatment? If you’ve failed treatment, endoscopy may be in order to properly diagnose. ...Read more

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Can taking Tums (calcium carbonate) and/or Pantoprazole cause lighter than normal stool? Recently had bloodwork done, liver function, bilirubin, and lipase levels normal.

Tums (calcium carbonate): Most likely Tums (calcium carbonate) depending on quantity may cause your stool to change but it's not harmful. You should consider an endoscopy if your symptoms persist on pantoprazole ...Read more

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Loose pale stools and the need to go after eating is it normal? I be been taking tums (calcium carbonate) and prolisec for acidity. Blood, EGD and Colonoscopy normal

IBS: IBS. Additional work up would be expensive and search for celiac disease etc. If its worse with stress its IBS. Do you have chronic pain with it? It might be worth seeing me in the clinic if you do. ...Read more

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I have a lot of built of gas I've been taking Tums (calcium carbonate) and some fiber powder was helping a little but still feel gas in my chest so I just took a enema went to the bath room and seen a little bood in my stool still have gas?

I have a lot of built of gas I've been taking Tums (calcium carbonate) and some fiber powder was helping a little but still feel gas in my chest so I just took a enema went to the bath room and seen a little bood in my stool still have gas?

I am worried.: Blood in stool is always distressing to us. The enema may be the cause, but I can't be sure. I must recommend consultation with dr to find out. For gas:use simethicone, chew more slowly and exhale before swallowing food. ...Read more

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What could cause the need to pass stools right after eating? I've been passing twice a day loose pale sticky stools... EGD and Colonoscopy didn't find anything but a mild inflammation in my stomach. I've been taking tums and Prilosec for about a week du

What could cause the need to pass stools right after eating? I've been passing twice a day loose pale sticky stools... EGD and Colonoscopy didn't find anything but a mild inflammation in my stomach. I've been taking tums and Prilosec for about a week du

Postprandial Stool: When you eat your body sends a signal to your colon that its time to go poop. This is quite normal but may be exaggerated in some people. You may an irritable gut which can be managed with medications. But first try some probiotic yogurt for a week. ...Read more

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22 weeks pregnant have had bad heartburn for many weeks now. My throat burns when I eat spicy or acidic food. Been taking tums/zantac but not working?

22 weeks pregnant have had bad heartburn for many weeks now. My throat burns when I eat spicy or acidic food. Been taking tums/zantac but not working?

Reflux & pregnancy.: Heartburn is expected during pregnancy. It's a factor of the upwards pressure upon the stomach by the growing baby, as well as the effect of progesterone in relaxing the valve between the esophagus and stomach. Unfortunately, many medications are not approved for safe use during pregnancy. Try eating smaller meals more frequently to get in your needed calories, and don't eat too late at night. ...Read more

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Stomach ache after eating anything, largge or small. Thirsty. What is wrong? Drinking water and tea and taking Tums (calcium carbonate)

Depends: This can be a GI infection, gallbladder problem, ulcer, reflux, or something more sinister: such as low blood flow to the stomach or heart attack. It depends on your age and history. See a doctor. You may need an ultrasound or egd. ...Read more

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Light brown/yellowish stool for week or so, indigestion, pain in lower stomach, nausea, pain in sides, have acid reflux, been taking Tums (calcium carbonate) frequently, some pain in upper & lower back, pain in neck.

Light brown/yellowish stool for week or so, indigestion, pain in lower stomach, nausea, pain in sides, have acid reflux, been taking Tums (calcium carbonate) frequently, some pain in upper & lower back, pain in neck.

Need to be examined: Sounds like you have several problems and I doubt they are all related. I could give you a list of all the possible causes of any of your complaints but it won't be helpful. A physician would listen to your complaints, take a history of past medical problems and ask you numerous pointed questions to point towards a diagnosis. He would then examen you. All of which we cannot do here on HT. ...Read more

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Last night my heart burn was so bad I ended up taking 8 tums (calcium carbonate). Today I feel nauseous and my stomach feels hard and hurts. Is this normal?

Last night my heart burn was so bad I ended up taking 8 tums (calcium carbonate). Today I feel nauseous and my stomach feels hard and hurts. Is this normal?

NO: See your PCP or a gastroenterologist. Take a pregnancy test if there is a possibility you may be. You could try some OTC prilosec or Zantac (ranitidine) and see if you get relief. Avoid any alcohol, tobacco, or illicit drugs until this heals up. ...Read more

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Can taking too many Tums (calcium carbonate) during pregnancy cause aging of the placenta, or calcify the placenta?

Can taking too many Tums (calcium carbonate) during pregnancy cause aging of the placenta, or calcify the placenta?

No: Not that I know of. Granted there is calcium in Tums, but a lot of women take calcium in pregnancy and, for the most part, your kidneys are going to filter out and pee out, excess calcium. Having said that, it's always possible to overdose on any medication, so I would not take more than is recommended. If Tums isn't helping your gastric reflux, then consider taking Zantac (ranitidine) or Pepcid. ...Read more

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