Tums

(Calcium carbonate)

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Relieves heartburn.

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Our bottom line

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.

Quick facts about Tums
  • Drug class: Gastrointestinal
  • Rx status: Over-the-counter
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (calcium carbonate)

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.
People’s experience with Tums

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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.
How it works

Tums (Calcium carbonate) is an antacid. It relieves heartburn and indigestion by neutralizing stomach acid.

Quick facts about Tums
  • Drug class: Gastrointestinal
  • Rx status: Over-the-counter
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (calcium carbonate)

Dosage forms

  • Chewable tablet
  • Liquid
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What to expect when you take Tums (Calcium carbonate) for Antacid

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Side effect rates for Tums (Calcium carbonate)

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Common concerns from people taking Tums (Calcium carbonate)

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Kidneys and liver
  • May increase calcium levels too much in people with kidney or thyroid conditions.
  • It caused me to have kidney stones.