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Calcium intake from food is generally good (i.E. 3 cups of milk or yogurt). Took 2 Tums (calcium carbonate) for indigestion. What's the effect of excess calcium on fetus?

Calcium intake from food is generally good (i.E. 3 cups of milk or yogurt). Took 2 Tums (calcium carbonate) for indigestion. What's the effect of excess calcium on fetus?

Not a problem: Your body regulates the calcium level in your blood by absorbing or not absorbing what it needs, and by other mechanisms. It's far tougher than scare-monger internet sites would leave you to think. Congratulations on your pregnancy. Best wishes. ...Read more

Dr. Charles Cattano
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Heartburn (Definition)

A painful burning sensation in the esophagus, just below or behind the breastbone. The pain often rises in your chest and may radiate to ...Read more


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Do Tums (calcium carbonate) cause indigestion due to lowering stomach pH? Does this stop the release of enzymes in the small intestine b/c thechyme isn't acidic enough?

Do Tums (calcium carbonate) cause indigestion due to lowering stomach pH? Does this stop the release of enzymes in the small intestine b/c thechyme isn't acidic enough?

Not that way: Tums (calcium carbonate) act as antacid (for the acid already made), and will raise stomach ph. Small intestine is alkaline not acidic. Tums can cause constipation (all calcium supps can), gassiness, bloat, calcium carbonate can increase risk for kidney stones (calcium citrate won't-as much). Calcium also stimulates stomach to produce more acid. ...Read more

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How does Tums (calcium carbonate) help with acid indigestion?

Gets rid of the acid: Tums (calcium carbonate) helps with indigestion by neutralizing the acid in the stomach. ...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 Tums (calcium carbonate) good for getting rid of indigestion or whatever this is?

Is Tums (calcium carbonate) good for getting rid of indigestion or whatever this is?

Worth a try: Tums has bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) which acutely neutralizes acid, but its effects only last 1-2 hours tops. You could certainly try it, but other than neutralizing acid, Tums does not do much. ...Read more

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I'm 6weeks pregnant and I have terrible acid indigestion. Is it ok to take zantac, (ranitidine) I'm using Tums but they aren't helping!?

I'm 6weeks pregnant and I have terrible acid indigestion. Is it ok to take zantac, (ranitidine) I'm using Tums but they aren't helping!?

Yes: Keep taking the Tums for calcium. Zantac (ranitidine) is pregnancy category b so considered relatively safe during pregnancy. If Zantac (ranitidine) helps, but not enough, you could try Prevacid 24-hr (otc) which is also category b. Safety for either in breast feeding is unknown. ...Read more

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Can Tums help prevent ulcers from forming when taking nsaids, or do they just reduce indigestion?

No benefit here.: Tums will not prevent ulcers related to NSAID ingestion. The PPI class of medication would serve you best in that regard. ...Read more

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Heartburn.. indigestion.. nausea. Stomach gas and then I vomit EVERYTIME its time for bed. Water helps alittle. (33wks) takes Zofran (ondansetron) & tums. Help!

Heartburn.. indigestion.. nausea. Stomach gas and then I vomit EVERYTIME its time for bed. Water helps alittle. (33wks) takes Zofran (ondansetron) & tums. Help!

Elevate bed: Elevate the head of your bed. Avoid spivey foods and caffeine. Simethicone can help. Frequent small meals but nothing for about 3 hours before bed. All of these can help and remember that it will end and will all be worth it when you are holding that beautiful baby. ...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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I have heartburn that isn't responding to Zantac (ranitidine) can I take Tums with it.

I have heartburn that isn't responding to Zantac (ranitidine) can I take Tums with it.

Yes: Hi. I'm sorry you're having such bad heartburn. You may have something more serious going on (infection, ulcers, etc). You might need to see a gastroenterologist for further diagnostic evaluation. OTC omeprazole is more efficacious than ranitidine. But yes, you can take TUMS (calcium carbonate) with Zantac. Good luck! ...Read more

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If I only have heartburn about once a month, is tums a better option than something like zantac (ranitidine)?

If I only have heartburn about once a month, is tums a better option than something like zantac (ranitidine)?

Tums (calcium carbonate) OK.: If you get symptoms that infrequently, Tums (calcium carbonate) would probably give you relief more quickly than the other options for heartburn. ...Read more

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Indegestion, heartburn, and nausea getting worse. Have it every day most of day;for 3 days. Taken tums not helping very much?

Indegestion, heartburn, and nausea getting worse. Have it every day most of day;for 3 days. Taken tums not helping very much?

GI upset: A simple way to v nausea is w Ginger. You can drink nibble on crystallized ginger or pour boiling water over freshly sliced organic ginger & steep at least 5 min in a covered pot. Sip. Aromatherapy: Sweet Orange (Citrus Sinensis), Peitigrain (Citrus reticulata), Mandarin (Citrus reticulata) are different citrus scents that can v nausea. If sx's persist or you develop significant abdominal pain ...Read more

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How many Tums (calcium carbonate) can I take if heartburn?

Up to 15/day: You can take regular Tums (calcium carbonate) 2-4 tab each time as needed. Maximum is 15 tab per 24 hours. You have to be cautious if tenal ompairement or if your calcium is high. You need to see your doctor if you continue with heartburn. ...Read more

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Can I give my child Tums (calcium carbonate) for heartburn?

Yes: Calcium carbonate which is the main ingredient in Tums (calcium carbonate) may help to neutralize stomach acid in mild or transient conditions. If the symptoms persist for more than two weeks or do not improve with Tums (calcium carbonate) call your pediatrician. ...Read more

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Heartburn making me sick, any tips to ease it besides tums (calcium carbonate)?

Heartburn making me sick, any tips to ease it besides tums (calcium carbonate)?

Meds, diet, uprighMD: If severe, recurrent, or prolonged episodes, see your doc soon. If any chance you are pregnant, get checked. Any cardiac risks- get checked.
Avoid tobacco, alcohol, fried, fatty food, alcohol, spicy foods, large meals, chocolate, peppermint, chamomile, certain meds, lying down for 2-3 hrs after eating, don't eat for 2-3 hours before bed. Otc meds like zantac, (ranitidine) or Prilosec otc short term ok-see md. ...Read more

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Have tried tums (calcium carbonate). it is worse pain then heartburn. Feels like a brick setting there?

Have tried tums (calcium carbonate). it is worse pain then heartburn. Feels like a brick setting there?

Gastritis: I would try Prilosec or Nexium (esomeprazole) and if that does not work I would see a physician ...Read more

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Persistent heartburn, tried the following things but they did not help: sipped cold water, took tums, laid on left side, propped self up by pillows.

Persistent heartburn, tried the following things but they did not help: sipped cold water, took tums, laid on left side, propped self up by pillows.

You need: To present these symptoms in an in person visit to your primary care provider since "heartburn" can have a number of conditions associated with it eg: hiatus hernia, reflux, espophagitis and more serious abnormalities if not treated. THERE IS EFFECTIVE treatment (often a single drug but many types of drugs available.
Hope this is helpful!
Dr Z ...Read more

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Vomiting from heartburn? I vomitted from having, what I think, was heartburn last night. I took Tums after about 5 min., then when I laid down, it got worse and I got sick. I took more tums, and again, after 5 min., I got sick. I laid back down flat, a

Vomiting: Vomiting with heartburn is not at all uncommon. The most common symptoms of gastro-esophageal reflux disease (gerd) are:

- heartburn
- sore throat
- "lump in the throat" sensation or difficulty swallowing
- acidic or sour taste in your mouth (some people describe a rotten egg-type taste)
- dry cough
- hoarseness
- regurgitation (wet burps)

dairy products such as yogurt or milkshakes can give some relief - milk has antacid properties. You can also try over the counter antacid medications such as Tums (calcium carbonate) or maalox. It is important to discuss these symptoms with your doctor. There are many other antacid and acid blocker medications that can help alleviate your symptoms if your symptoms continue. In the meantime, there are a few things you can do to help:

- avoid spicy, acidic, or fatty foods
- avoid alcohol and caffeine
- quit smoking if you smoke
- avoid tight clothing - especially tight belts and pants
- eat small meals
- do not eat for a few hours before going to bed. ...Read more

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Safr to take xantac after having tums (calcium carbonate)? Any good heartburn remedies?

Safr to take xantac after having tums (calcium carbonate)? Any good heartburn remedies?

Tums (calcium carbonate): Are an antacid (chemically neutralizes acid) Zantac (ranitidine) PREVENTS the effect of acid by blocking the RECEPTOR sites and finally PRILOSEC and other :Purple pills stop the release of acid altogether!
They can be taken together AFTER a complete evaluation by your Primary Care Provider/Gastroeneterologist! Since heartburn bad enough to require more than ONE of these needs diagnostic study!
Hope this help ...Read more

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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.

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

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Recently, I've been getting heartburn after almost every meal. I sometimes take tums (calcium carbonate). Is there any way I can help or control it?

Abnormal: Need to find out if you have hiatal hernia, esophageal anomaly, ulcer or obstruction.
Find out now while you may cure it for a long life! gastroenterology is the discipline to help, you sort it out. ...Read more

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I am experiencing what I think is heartburn. It is directly in my heart. I have had it for 5 days straight and tums did not help. I'm scared, help me!

I am experiencing what I think is heartburn. It is directly in my heart. I have had it for 5 days straight and tums did not help. I'm scared, help me!

Heartburn: How much do you weigh? Any other medical issues? What is your smoking history? How is your diet? Any chest pain? Any history of drug abuse/use? Consult with us to help solve this issue as it can be anything from reflux to something more serious depending on your history. ...Read more

Dr. Barbara Lavi
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Antacid (Definition)

Antacids are a kind of anti-ulcer drug (gastroenterology drug, common ...Read more


Dr. John Fordtran
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Calcium Carbonate (Definition)

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