Compare Dexilant vs. Tums
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
Dexilant (dexlansoprazole) is an effective medicine to treat heartburn, but can be expensive since it is only available as a brand.
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.
- Relieves heartburn symptoms better than other stomach medicines (like Pepcid, Tagamet, and Zantac).
- Lasts longer than other alternative stomach medicines.
- Convenient once daily dosing.
- Treats GERD in children 12 to 17 years of age.
- Can be swallowed whole, or contents of the pill can be emptied into applesauce for easy swallowing.
- 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.
- Similar to other proton pump inhibitors, Dexilant (dexlansoprazole) can weaken bones when taken for a long period of time.
- Can take a few days before you start to feel the full effects.
- Dexilant (dexlansoprazole) can affect how other medicines, vitamins, and minerals get absorbed in your body.
- There's no generic version available, so it can be expensive.
- 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.
- Delayed-release pill
- Dissolving tablet
- Chewable tablet
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- Abdominal pain4%
- Upper airway infection3%
- Possible stomach cancer
- Kidney inflammation
- Severe diarrhea
- Being hospitalized
- Antibiotic use
- Bone fractures
- High dose Dexilant (dexlansoprazole)
- Long-term treatment with Dexilant (dexlansoprazole) (more than 1 year)
- Low bone mineral density
- Aged 50 years or older
- Taking steroids or seizure medicines
- Low magnesium and vitamin B12 levels
- Taking digoxin or diuretics