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Tums For Indigestion
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?
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
Is there any harm in taking Tums (calcium carbonate) that expired 4 years ago? I have really bad indigestion so I took 2. Didn't realize they expired in 2010
No harm: No harm in taking expired tums (calcium carbonate). ...Read more
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?
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
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!?
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
I have a dull pain in my upper abdomen indigestion, nausea and feeling of fullness. Have tried Maalox, tums, (calcium carbonate) Pepto bismuth, all to no avail.
Reflux: Try taking Prilosec over the counter. Avoid spicy food and limit caffein intake. If symptoms worse advise to see a physician ...Read more
Heartburn.. indigestion.. nausea. Stomach gas and then I vomit EVERYTIME its time for bed. Water helps alittle. (33wks) takes Zofran (ondansetron) & tums. Help!
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
I have been having not stop indigestion and heart burn for 3days, it gets a better for a little while if I eat. Chest and throat feel raw. Not short of breath but feels hard to take in air sometimes. Is this just GERD? Pepcid AC & Tums not working
This could be GERD: But there are other more serious diagnoses possible including heart disease. You need to be evaluated by a health care professional as soon as possible since this has been going on for three days! ...Read more
I've been having upper stomach pain with gas since last summer. I've tried tums 1000mg, Pepto, Maloox, Pepcid, omeprezole. It feels like my stomach is in a vise. (Sever cramp) Gastro says its dyspepsia and that he can't do anything. He says the pain is fr
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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
If I only have heartburn about once a month, is tums a better option than something like zantac (ranitidine)?
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
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
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
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
Recent heartburn, I took a Tums (calcium carbonate) last night and no relief. Where is it coming from I usually never have heartburn?
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.
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
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 with heartburn is not at all uncommon. The most common symptoms of gastro-esophageal reflux disease (gerd) are:
- 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
- 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
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
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