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Can antacid medication like Tums (calcium carbonate) damage your stomach if your stomach is not having any high level of acidity in the stomach?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am a 46 year old hispanic that has frequent, heartburn every time i eat. Love spicy food, what medication do you recommend. Tums (calcium carbonate) no good.Or zentac.
Heartburn: You can eat psicy but you have to avoid greasy food, so you have to avoid fried food, greasy food, eat small frequent meals not large meals, don't eat too late before going to bed, and if you smoke, stop smoking. If you have some diet modifications and lose some weight you will still be able to enjoy your spicy food. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have acid reflux & have taken Carafate, Dexilant, (dexlansoprazole) Tums and Zantac, but I had to stop all the medications due to side effects. What should I do now?
Lifestyle: There may be some lifestyle issues you can modify to lessen the problems you have with reflux. The chemicals in coffee, tea & some sodas (caffeine) or it's cousin nicotine (smokers) all keep the stomach entrance from closing tightly. Removing them from your life can help.Not reclining for at least an hour after a meal or large beverage can also. ...Read more
Best recommended OTC drug for random heartburn? No prilosec. Tums (calcium carbonate) and rolaids make me vomit. Nothing to chew. Rather a preventative than an as needed.
How about behaviors?: Assuming you have tried ranitidine (otc), here are some thoughts. Heartburn is caused by acidic stomach contents sloshing up into the less protected esophagus, and it can be brought on by acidic or spicy foods, alcohol, coffee, etc. If you are overweight or pregnant, you are more prone to heartburn because of the greater pressure in your belly. Eating late at night may bring it on, as can smoking. ...Read more
C MD: Find out what the problem is; could be esophagitis (inflamed foodpipe), stomach or duodennal inflammation or ulcer, or bigger problem. Antacids like maalox (aluminum/magnesium hydroxide), or peptobismol (bismuth subsalicylate) may help. Stronger meds loke Omeprazole (prilosec otc) may help. Don't use for more than 2 wks w/o seeing md to make sure not a serious problem. Cut out coffee, spicy food. ...Read more
Max dose for Tums 1000mg is 7 tabs per day for not more than 2 weeks at max.Is it ok if one takes it for months or years but just 1 to 2 tabs per day?
You may: You may take antacids with your medication. It would be prudent to inform your doctor of all the medications, including over the counter and herbals that you take, preferably before taking those. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more
No worry: !2 tums will pass. Drink plenty of water. How tall are you? Unless you are more than 6 feet tall, you are probably overweight. The sooner you address your weight issue the better, You need to reduce your intake of food and increase physical activity - easier said than done. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more
Hi, My 8 year old boy is passing stools way more often than he usually does, since over a week now. His stools are hard. Tum and bottom pain too. ?
Constipation will: require significant treatment to improve, especially if it has been ongoing for a while. Sometimes with chronic constipation, one can have incomplete impaction of stool such that there is some stool that passes "around" the point of impaction and you end up having bowel movements, but still constipated. Drink lots of water, take some stool softeners, and use digital or suppository rectal stim. ...Read more
Had this pain in my tummy for 2 day now and its travelling around the side of my tummy and the first day I got the pain it was at the bottom of my tum?
Exam needed: Two days of ongoing abdominal pain is concerning and should be evaluated by a physician. More description of your discomfort is needed but inflammation of appendix, gall bladder, pelvic organs,colon are possibilities. Your physician will examine you and then order appropriate tests needed to make a diagnosis. ...Read more
Startd liquid diet 8 day ago lost 1 stone only ate bit of soup yday and wen i went to eat some soup 2day my tum hurt & i felt sick what's wrong with me?
Hello I am really worried as i keep snapping at my boyfriend and its not like i no I am doing it and its everyday.. And i keep getting pains in my tum?
Stay active: Exercise is a great way to relieve stress. Your body releases endorphins during exercise, which can help you feel calm. If you exercise 30 - 60 minutes a day, your stress levels can improve. When stressed, take 5 slow, deep breaths with your eyes closed, then roll your shoulders forward 5 times, then back 5 times. This will slow your heart rate and release tension in your neck and shoulders. ...Read more
Many: For your abdominal muscles focus on things like planks(and all the variants), also crunches. For your thighs, this would be exercises like squats and lunges. Check out these sites: http://greatist.com/move/plank-variations-for-core-strength http://greatist.com/move/squat-variations-you-need-to-know http://greatist.com/move/lunge-variations-you-need-to-know ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: These are effective adjuncts for stomach acidity and for gerd. They do not interfere with each other and can be taken together. ...Read more
Celexa (citalopram): Yes.Get a more detailed answer ›
If I take 2 or more tums before bed, my urine the next morning is cloudy. If i take them during the day, urine isn’t cloudy. Why?
Abs made in kitchen: Congrats for taking steps to exercise and be healthy. Many factors influence body fat composition - stress (excess cortisol tends to increase belly fat), sleep (get enough!), diet and exercise. Clean eating (lots of water, fresh veggies, lean sources of protein, healthy fats such as avocados) and reduction of processed foods and carbs in the form of breads/pasta should help you create changes. ...Read more