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Dr. William Harris
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Stomach Discomfort (Definition)

Stomach discomfort or pain can be due to problems in digestion or irritation to the stomach. Some people use the term to describe discomfort ...Read more


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Does Tums (calcium carbonate) help with upset stomach?

Does Tums (calcium carbonate) help with upset stomach?

Yes: It neutralizes excess acid in your stomach. If you need it frequently, however, see your doctor.

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Can I give my 2 (almost 3) yo Adult Extra Strength Tums (750 Ca Carbonate) for upset stomach/gas pain? If so, what dosage is acceptable (28lbs)?

Can I give my 2 (almost 3) yo Adult Extra Strength Tums (750 Ca Carbonate) for upset stomach/gas pain? If so, what dosage is acceptable (28lbs)?

Do not use: Do not use Adult Extra Strength Tums in a preschooler. There is a children's version of Tums- dosage for this age is 1/2 chewable tab maximum 2 tabs in 24 hours.

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Is Tums (calcium carbonate) good for an upset upset stomach?

Is Tums (calcium carbonate) good for an upset upset stomach?

Tums (calcium carbonate): Tums (calcium carbonate) (Calcium Carbonate) can help reduce symptoms from indigestion & heart burn.

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How long will it take Tums (calcium carbonate) to make an upset stomach go away?

How long will it take Tums (calcium carbonate) to make an upset stomach go away?

Pretty quick: If an antacid is going to work it will work almost immediately. If it doesn't work in the first hour or two, chances are that it won't.

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How do you cure an upset stomach, when you don't have any tums, (calcium carbonate) rolaids etc., are there home remedies that work?

How do you cure an upset stomach, when you don't have any tums, (calcium carbonate) rolaids etc., are there home remedies that work?

More specific please: "upset stomach" is not enough information to help you. Do you have nausea with/without vomiting, fullness, bloating, gassiness, pain (if so in what location (s)), bleeding, diarrhea/constipation/change in baseline bowel habits, tenderness, distension? Are you pregnant, have underlying disease, >60?

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Can taking an antacid for upset stomach cause dizziness or trigger dizziness or vertigo?

Can taking an antacid for upset stomach cause dizziness or trigger dizziness or vertigo?

Antacid: Taking any medication can cause dizziness. Avoid foods that cause acid to increase in stomach, also avoid caffeine smoking and stress. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water, about half your body weight in ounces per day and exercise doing something that you like doing frequently.

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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.

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Burning stomach what can you take that is more natural instead of Tums or pepcid (famotidine)?

Burning stomach what can you take that is more natural instead of Tums or pepcid (famotidine)?

Prevent/Control GERD: Avoid foods & behavior that delay stomach emptying &/or relax lower esophageal sphincter--spicy, greasy food, mints, alcohol, tobacco, chocolate, tomato products, caffeinated & fizzy drinks, eating before bedtime. Lose weight. Elevate head of bed on blocks. Use otc acid blockers for relief (h2's: tagamet, zantac, (ranitidine) pepcid; ppi's: prilosec, prevacid). Dairy products contain calcium that revs up acid.

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Why does Tums (calcium carbonate) work if I have little stomach acid?

Gerd: You have gerd and Tums neutralizes the acid in your stomach. If this happens to you frequently you need endoscopy by a gastroenterologist and possibly placed on a ppi like Nexium (esomeprazole) or prilosec.

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I ate some questionable food. My stomach hurts now. What could it be? Would Tums (calcium carbonate) help?

Stomach indigestion: You may have indigestion or acid reflux or a food allergy or early food poising symptoms from what you ate. You can always try tums, zantac, (ranitidine) Prilosec or any other over the counter acid reflux medications which could be helpful. If you notice this recurring with a pattern you should talk to your doctor.

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I took nexicum this morning and I was fine. Now my stomach hurts a little can I take tums (calcium carbonate)?

I took nexicum this morning and I was fine. Now my stomach hurts a little can I take tums (calcium carbonate)?

Stomach pain: Yes you can take Tums with Nexium (esomeprazole). Make sure you are taking your Nexium (esomeprazole) as prescribed which would be daily not just as needed. If you have persistent pain despite Nexium (esomeprazole) you should follow up with whoever prescribed it. If this is just occasional discomfort then it is fine to take tums.

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Upset Stomach (Definition)

An upset stomach is the sensation that one has nausea or discomfort in the mid abdomen. This can be a chronic ...Read more