Compare Rolaids vs. Tums

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Rolaids
(calcium carbonate / magnesium hydroxide)

Tums
(calcium carbonate)

Relieves heartburn and acid tummy. Rolaids (Calcium Carbonate / Magnesium Hydroxide) gives quick relief for heartburn, but don't expect it to last all day.Relieves heartburn. Tums (Calcium carbonate) gives quick relief for heartburn, but does not last all day. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about other medicines if you need additional relief.
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Reviews for Rolaids
75%
of people (All ages) say Rolaids is worth it
37%
say it works well
7%
say it's a big hassle
1089 reviews
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Reviews for Tums
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-6% worse vs. Rolaids
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Side effects
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How it works
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Rolaids (Calcium Carbonate / Magnesium Hydroxide) is an antacid. It counteracts the effects of stomach acid to relieve heartburn and acid tummy (indigestion).Tums (Calcium carbonate) is an antacid. It relieves heartburn and indigestion by neutralizing stomach acid.
Type of medication
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Over-the-counterOver-the-counter
Available as
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  • Chewable tablet
  • Liquid
  • Chewable tablet
  • Liquid
Used for
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Risk factors for serious side effects
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  • Current kidney disease
  • Kidney dialysis
  • Hyperparathyroid disease
  • Taking high doses of Vitamin D
  • Previous kidney stones
Detailed Rolaids (calcium carbonate / magnesium hydroxide) risks & warnings »
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    Pregnancy

    The FDA hasn’t classified this medicine’s effects on unborn babies. Talk with your doctor about this medicine if you’re pregnant or planning on it.

    Kidneys and liver
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    • If you have kidney or hyperparathyroid disease Rolaids (Calcium Carbonate / Magnesium Hydroxide) can build up in your blood. This may can cause toxic levels of calcium in your body. This is more likely if you have severe kidney disease (defined as a kidney function blood test called GFR of less than 30ml/min). If you have severe kidney disease or are on kidney dialysis don't use Rolaids (Calcium Carbonate / Magnesium Hydroxide); a different antacid would be better for you.
    • Rolaids (Calcium Carbonate / Magnesium Hydroxide) contains calcium. Calcium can be an ingredient in some kidney stones. If you have had kidney stones in the past (especially the calcium-containing kind) be careful using Rolaids (Calcium Carbonate / Magnesium Hydroxide). Use the lowest dose for the shortest time possible or just play it safe and use a different antacid instead.
    • People with kidney disease on dialysis may need to take a lower dose or avoid use. Your doctor can do blood tests to see if it's safe to use.
    • May increase calcium levels too much in people with kidney or thyroid conditions.
    Upsides and benefits
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    • Works really fast.
    • Available over the counter without a prescription.
    • Cheap.
    • Tums (Calcium carbonate) is an effective, first-line medication for hearburn.
    • Tums (Calcium carbonate) starts working in seconds.
    • Has minimal side effects.
    • Available in chewable form.
    • Is inexpensive and readily available over-the-counter.
    • Coupons are available – speak to your doctor or pharmacist.
    Downsides and risks
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    • Doesn't last very long.
    • Other antacids like Zantac (H2 blockers) and omeprazole (proton pump inhibitors) can work better and last longer.
    • Some chalky aftertaste.
    • Because Tums (Calcium carbonate) only lasts for 1 to 2 hours, you may need additional doses.
    • May increase calcium levels too much in people with kidney or thyroid conditions.
    • May have a chalky taste.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
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    • Take at the first sign of discomfort.
    • You might need to take more than once a day but pay attention to the instructions on your bottle to avoid overdosing.
    • Take 1-2 hours apart from other medication that you take by mouth.
    • If heartburn doesn't improve or lasts more than 2 weeks, talk to your doctor.
    • People with kidney disease on dialysis may need to take a lower dose or avoid use. Your doctor can do blood tests to see if it's safe to use.
    • Don't take if you have high blood calcium levels.
    • Take at the first sign of discomfort.
    • You may need to separate Tums (Calcium carbonate) from some medicines to avoid interactions. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about all the medicines you're taking, including prescription, supplements, and over the counter medicines.
    • Eating smaller, more frequent meals can help alleviate some symptoms of heartburn.
    • Certain spicy or fatty foods increase your risk of heartburn. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist to find out which foods you should avoid.
    • Avoiding eating 3 hours before bedtime can also help prevent heartburn.
    • If heartburn doesn't improve or lasts more than 2 weeks, talk to your doctor.
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