Compare Tums vs. pantoprazole

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Tums (Calcium carbonate)

Over-the-counter

Protonix (pantoprazole)

Prescription only
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.

5.2/ 7 average rating with 1373 reviewsforTums
Treats heartburn and excess release of stomach acid.

Protonix (pantoprazole) is usually only taken once a day for long-lasting heartburn relief, but it can increase your risk of bone fractures if you've used it for a long time.

5.1/ 7 average rating with 584 reviewsforpantoprazole
Upsides
  • 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.
  • Most people can take Protonix (pantoprazole) without any noticeable day-to-day side effects.
  • Protonix (pantoprazole) lasts longer than other types of antacids (like Zantac, Pepcid, or Tums), and you only need to take it once or twice a day.
  • You can take it with a quick-acting antacid (like Maalox or Tums) if you need relief right away.
  • Unlike other proton pump inhibitors, it can be taken with or without food and have the same effectiveness.
  • Can be used in children age 5 or older.
Downsides
  • 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.
  • Doesn't start working as fast as some other antacids like Tums, Rolaids, or Maalox.
  • Needs to be taken every single day for a certain period of time to be effective.
  • Like with other proton pump inhibitors, long-term use can cause weak or broken bones.
  • Only available as a prescription medicine, not over the counter.
  • Can lower the magnesium level in your body so you may need to take a supplement for it.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Chewable tablet
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Packet
Price
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Reviews
1373 
82%
think this treatment is worth it
43%
think this treatment works well
5%
think this treatment is a hassle

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584 
68%
think this treatment is worth it
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think this treatment works well
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Side effects
The Tums (Calcium carbonate) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
8possible side effects
  • Headache
    12%
  • Diarrhea
    9%
  • Nausea
    7%
  • Stomach pain
    6%
  • Vomiting
    4%
  • Gas
    4%
  • Dizziness
    3%
  • Joint pain
    3%
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Risks and warnings
No information currently available
  • Weakened bones

    Using multiple daily doses and/or for 1 year or longer

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Severe diarrhea

    People who are being treated in the hospital

  • Lupus

    People with lupus

  • Low Vitamin B-12 level

    Taking Protonix (pantoprazole) for more than 3 years

  • Low magnesium level

    Diuretics (water pills)

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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