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Tums
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(Calcium carbonate)

Tums (Calcium carbonate)

Over-the-counter

Nexium (esomeprazole)

Over-the-counter
1 of 10 alternatives
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.

Treats heartburn and stomach ulcers.

Nexium (esomeprazole) gives you long-lasting heartburn relief but has some risks if used long term.

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 Nexium (esomeprazole) without any noticeable day-to-day side effects.
  • Nexium (esomeprazole) lasts longer than other types of antacids (like Zantac, Pepcid, or Tums), and you only need to take it once a day.
  • You can take it in combination with a quick-acting antacid (like Maalox or Tums) if you need quicker relief.
  • Nexium (esomeprazole) is inexpensive, with over-the-counter and generic options.
  • Coupons are available for the brand name - speak to your doctor or pharmacist.
  • The packet form is a good option if you have trouble swallowing pills.They can be mixed with water for easier swallowing.
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 right away like antacids (Tums, Rolaids, or Maalox).
  • It can take several days or weeks to start feeling benefits.
  • May not be the best choice for patients 65 years of age and older due to risk of bone fractures and severe diarrhea.
Used for
  • GERD
  • H. Pylori bacterial infection
  • Prevention and treatment of NSAID-induced gastric ulcers
Dosage forms
  • Chewable tablet
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Injection
  • Packet
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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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1239 
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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.
The Nexium (esomeprazole) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and warnings
No information currently available
  • Severe diarrhea

    Being treated at a hospital

  • Bone fractures

    High dose Nexium (esomeprazole)

    ...and 3 more risk factors

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