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2nd try. Short version this time. 6 tums, (calcium carbonate) 1000mg each last night for bad reflux. Today calcium level 11.0. Any connection please?

2nd try. Short version this time. 6 tums, (calcium carbonate) 1000mg each last night for bad reflux. Today calcium level 11.0. Any connection please?

Elevated calcium: Tums (calcium carbonate) have calcium in excess of what our body needs and can cause calcium levels to rise. There are multiple causes of elevated calcium and you should see your doctor for a full work up. Normal calcium levels are about 8.8-10.2 mg/dl. One elevated test may not be enough as dehydration can also cause an elevation. ...Read more

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Can Tums (calcium carbonate) cause high calcium level in blood test?

Can Tums (calcium carbonate) cause high calcium level in blood test?

Tums (calcium carbonate): Tums (calcium carbonate) can increase the calcium in your blood levels. When taken with meals, it acts as a binder of phosphorus and does not add as much to your blood. When taken without food, it increases calcium levels in your blood. ...Read more

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My dr. Said my calcium levels tested high. I took two 750mg Tums (calcium carbonate) a couple of hours before the 1st blood test. Would that affect the result?

My dr. Said my calcium levels tested high. I took two 750mg Tums (calcium carbonate) a couple of hours before the 1st blood test. Would that affect the result?

No: A bit of antacid won't put your calcium in the high range. Your workup will include a repeat. If you have sarcoid, a parathyroid adenoma, have been overdoing vitamin d, or have some other cause of hypercalcemia, or whether this is an artifact or lab error, it will get sorted out -- and it's important. Good luck in the weeks to come. ...Read more

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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?

Can antacid medication like Tums (calcium carbonate) damage your stomach if your stomach is not having any high level of acidity in the stomach?

Not likely: You would have to take a lot of Tums (calcium carbonate) to cause any problems...And that would be because of the calcium, not the low acid. ...Read more

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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

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Can taking Tums (calcium carbonate) and/or Pantoprazole cause lighter than normal stool? Recently had bloodwork done, liver function, bilirubin, and lipase levels normal.

Can taking Tums (calcium carbonate) and/or Pantoprazole cause lighter than normal stool? Recently had bloodwork done, liver function, bilirubin, and lipase levels normal.

Tums (calcium carbonate): Most likely Tums (calcium carbonate) depending on quantity may cause your stool to change but it's not harmful. You should consider an endoscopy if your symptoms persist on pantoprazole ...Read more

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Is there aluminum in tums (calcium carbonate)?

See below please: Glaxosmithkline consumer healthcare does not add aluminum during the manufacturing process of the tums® tablets but one of the raw materials used in tums® does contain negligible amounts of aluminum, measured as parts per million (ppm), ranging approximately from 100 to 500 ppm. ...Read more

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Eating too much Tums (calcium carbonate) does what?

Eating too much Tums (calcium carbonate) does what?

Tums (calcium carbonate) overdose: Can lead to nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain/ cramping, decreased appetite, constipation, diarrhea, confusion, delirium, coma, depression, involuntary muscle twitching & cardiac arrhythmia. ...Read more

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I feel like I have a rock in my throat..... Tums (calcium carbonate)?

I feel like I have a rock in my throat..... Tums (calcium carbonate)?

Globus sensation?: Sounds like you experience the feeling of a ball or lump in the back of your throat that you have to swallow past? If so, this is "globus." alternatively, you may have laryngo-esophaeal reflux without heartburn. Sometimes, the actual swallowing mechanism may be impaired due to "spasms" or dysmotility. A gastroenterologist or ear-nose-throat specialist is a good starting point for evaluation. ...Read more

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Do Tums (calcium carbonate) work?

Tums (calcium carbonate): Tums (Calcium Carbonate) can help reduce symptoms from indigestion, stomach upset & heart burn. It can be used for calcium deficiency. ...Read more

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Tums (calcium carbonate) expired can I take them?

Tums (calcium carbonate) expired can I take them?

Best not to: How long expired? If a day or 2 ok but should get new tums (calcium carbonate). ...Read more

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I took too many Tums (calcium carbonate) now what?

Not a problem: Your body will effectively deal with the extra calcium and antiacid character of more Tums (calcium carbonate) than the usual dose. This is not dangerous. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take Tums (calcium carbonate) every day?

What R U treating?: If for GERD, there are far better choices. If for treatment of osteopenia, there are far better choices here too. Excessive calcium intake may backfire--hyperacidity, kidney stones, more (see Dr. Heidi Fowler's excellent HealthTap answer on the subject). ...Read more

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Is it bad to take Tums (calcium carbonate) every day?

Possibly: Taking in too much Tums (calcium carbonate) can greatly increase your serum calcium levels which can be dangerous. Make sure you discuss with your doctor some other options of acid suppression if that is the case. ...Read more

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What happens if you eat to many tums (calcium carbonate)?

What happens if you eat to many tums (calcium carbonate)?

Tums (calcium carbonate) overdose: Can lead to nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain/ cramping, decreased appetite, constipation, diarrhea, confusion, delirium, coma, depression, involuntary muscle twitching & cardiac arrhythmia. Serious effects from Tums (calcium carbonate) (especially with chronic use) could include rebound hyperacidity, gall stones, calcinosis, hypercalcemia, metabolic acidosis & renal injury) ...Read more

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What's an alternative choice to tums (calcium carbonate)?

Many: There are many alternatives such as zantac, (ranitidine) pepcid, prilosec, prevacid. If you require theses meds chronically you should speak to your doctor or see a GI doc. ...Read more

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What happens if you eat too many tums (calcium carbonate)?

What happens if you eat too many tums (calcium carbonate)?

Nothing really: Tums is calcium carbonate. Eating too many once is probably fine, but how many is too many? I would not chronically ingest "too many" as this can lead to medical problems. If you're having symptoms you probably should be on another medication and see your gi doctor. ...Read more

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Is it bad to eat Tums (calcium carbonate) on a daily basis?

No but....: Tums (calcium carbonate) is calcium and can often be used to supplement calcium intake for people who are at risk for thin bones. However, if you are taking Tums (calcium carbonate) daily for heartburn or indigestion or some other symptom that you are treating, then you could be masking a more serious problem and you should talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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Can overdosing on Tums (calcium carbonate) hurt you in any way?

Can overdosing on Tums (calcium carbonate) hurt you in any way?

Yes: Too many Tums (or other antacids containing calcium carbonate) over an extended period of time can lead to "milk alkali syndrome" in which there are high levels of calcium in the blood & a shift in the body's acid-base balance towards alkaline. This can lead to calcium deposits in the kidneys & other tissues as well as kidney stones. Limit calcium intake to 1500 mg/day in divided doses. ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to take Tums (calcium carbonate) everyday?

Is it possible for me to take Tums (calcium carbonate) everyday?

Be careful: If you are taking it for acid reflux, there are better options such as proton pump inhibitors. Regular use of TUMs (calcium carbonate) can lead to high levels of calcium which can be dangerous. Talk to your doctor about this. ...Read more

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Is it okay if I eat Tums (calcium carbonate) for fun is that bad?

Is it okay if I eat Tums (calcium carbonate) for fun is that bad?

Please don't eat: Medications for fun. There can be serious effects from Tums (calcium carbonate) (especially with chronic use or taking too much) such as rebound hyperacidity, constipation, gall stones, calcinosis, hypercalcemia, metabolic acidosis & renal injury) ...Read more

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What to do if I eat Tums (calcium carbonate) for fun is that bad?

How many?: 1 or 2 a day should be okay. If you use too much of it for too long you can run into internal complications. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take 1-2 TUMS (calcium carbonate) everyday for acidity?

Is it ok to take 1-2 TUMS (calcium carbonate) everyday for acidity?

Yes, for mild: heartburn. But if not improved, see an internists for diagnostics. ...Read more

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Is there a such thing as overdosing on Tums (calcium carbonate) chewables?

Is there a such thing as overdosing on Tums (calcium carbonate) chewables?

Seek medical help: Tums is calcium carbonate. Too much in the system can lead to digestive irritations, constipation and diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, muscle twitching, irregular heartbeat, confusion, depression, even coma. Treatment is activated charcoal, or gastric lavage. ...Read more

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