Compare Tums vs. Rolaids

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Tums (Calcium carbonate)

Over-the-counter
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
Relieves heartburn and acid tummy.

Rolaids (Calcium Carbonate / Magnesium Hydroxide) gives quick relief for heartburn, but don't expect it to last all day.

5.0/ 7 average rating with 1089 reviewsforRolaids
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.
  • Works really fast.
  • Available over the counter without a prescription.
  • Cheap.
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 last very long.
  • Other antacids like Zantac (H2 blockers) and omeprazole (proton pump inhibitors) can work better and last longer.
  • Some chalky aftertaste.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Chewable tablet
  • Liquid
  • Chewable tablet
  • Liquid
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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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1089 
75%
think this treatment is worth it
37%
think this treatment works well
7%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
The Tums (Calcium carbonate) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Rolaids (Calcium Carbonate / Magnesium Hydroxide) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and warnings
No information currently available
  • High blood calcium

    Current kidney disease

    ...and 3 more risk factors

  • Kidney stones

    Previous kidney stones

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