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Tums Good Calcium Supplement
A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more
I ran out of my antacid ulcer medicine so I took some Tums (calcium carbonate) calcium/calcium supplement. Is that bad?
No: No, the only difference is that the former is better taken with food whereas the latter (calcium citrate) can be taken on an empty stomach. ...Read more
Can I use PPI along with PepZIN GI (Dr best brand)(taking both on same day)?PepZin Gi is a nutritional supplement but, it has antacid too like Tums (calcium carbonate)
Yes you can use both.... and if your symptoms are not going away with PPI's you should discuss this with your Dr.
There could be more than meets the eye.
But in short, yes you can take both ...Read more
If you are getting blood tests to check vitamin levels, and it says "no supplements 24 hours", can you still have Tums (calcium carbonate) if not checking calcium levels?
I guess so: Blood vitamin levels can be very deceptive. You can have normal levels and still be deficient because it is the vitramin content within cells that really counts. Vitamin therapy and basic understanding of its uses is largely in the hands of doctors that practice complementary alternative medicine. Homeopathists, naturopath doctors and cheiropracters are often knowledgeable in this field. ...Read more
I took calcium supplement so calcium oxalate urates coming in urine. Any good calcium supplement that don't cause it?
Hi. Was that your first stone? Any family history of stones? It's always worth checking a blood calcium and PTH, urine pH, and a 24-hour urine for calcium & oxalate, and any other tests indicated. Women I know who've had a vaginal birth and passed a stone say they'd take the vaginal birth over the stone any day. If you find something treatable your future might be more comfortable! ;-)
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Depends: It depends on the reason why you are taking the calcium replacement. If you don't have bone problems (osteopenia/osteoporosis) or hypoparathyroidism (chronically low calcium on blood test) then you don't need to take calcium supplement and should get it from food such as dairy products. If you have the above conditions, then calcium suplements (at the recommended dose) + food are perfectly safe. ...Read more
Not necessarily: I have understood that it is perfectly ok to use Tums for instance as a calcium supplement-- it comes in different strengths, including a 750 and 1000 mg strength ( of calcium carbonate). What i had read was that your body cannot deal with more than about 500mg at a time anyway so i'm not sure the strength actually matters. It's important to take the calcium with meals several times daily. ...Read more
Definitely, yes: It is well documented that Calcium supplements may increase the risk of kidney stone disease, if the daily dose is over 2,000mg/day. ...Read more
Hello - I take Adderall and Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) daily. May I take a magnesium oxide/zinc sulfate/calcium carbonate supplement?
The cheapest: Take the cheapest one you tolerate. Calcium carbonate is the least extensive. Calcium gluconate is fractionally better absorbed and sometimes better tolerated, but is more expensive per mg of calcium absorbed. And don't forget adequate vitamin D; it can really help with calcium absorption in the intestine. ...Read more
Multiple: The body needs calcium to maintain strong bones. However, supplemental calcium can also contribute to calcification of arteries which can lead to strokes and heart attacks. Speak to your physician about how to best meet your calcium needs without increasing your risks. Natural sources of calcium are usually the safest. ...Read more