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Rolaids

(Calcium Carbonate / Magnesium Hydroxide)

  • Chewable tablet
  • Liquid
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Relieves heartburn and acid tummy.

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

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  • Works really fast.
  • Available over the counter without a prescription.
  • Cheap.
  • 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.

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Side effects for Rolaids (Calcium Carbonate / Magnesium Hydroxide)

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These are side effects of Rolaids (Calcium Carbonate / Magnesium Hydroxide) reported to the FDA by people taking it, and by doctors and pharmacists.

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What to expect when you take Rolaids (Calcium Carbonate / Magnesium Hydroxide)

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Tips from our pharmacists
  • 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.

Risks and Warnings for Rolaids (Calcium Carbonate / Magnesium Hydroxide)

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  • There are many different over the counter medications with the brand name Rolaids (Calcium Carbonate / Magnesium Hydroxide). Each one may contain different active ingredients. Be sure to read the labels carefully to understand what kind of medicine you have and what the correct dose should be.

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Tips from pharmacists and people taking Rolaids (Calcium Carbonate / Magnesium Hydroxide)

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  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • 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.
  • Risks from our pharmacists
  • 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.