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Updated June 09, 2014

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Tums is used as an antacid to relieve heartburn, acid indigestion, and stomach upset.

Tums Product Details

    Tums Dual Action
    Flavors: Berry, Mint
    Active Ingredients (in each chewable tablet):
    • Famotidine 10mg (Acid reducer)
    • Calcium carbonate 800mg (Antacid)
    • Magnesium hydroxide 165mg (Antacid)

    Tums Regular
    Flavors: Assorted Fruit, Peppermint
    Active Ingredients: Calcium Carbonate USP (500 mg) (Antacid).

    Tums Extra Strength, Sugar Free
    Flavors: Orange Cream
    Active Ingredients: (Per Tablet): Calcium Carbonate USP 750mg (Antacid)

    Tums Smooth Dissolve
    Flavors: Assorted Fruit, Tropical Fruit, Peppermint, Tropical Smoothies
    Active Ingredients: Calcium Carbonate USP 750mg (Antacid)

    Tums E-X (Extra Strength)
    Flavors: Assorted Fruit, Berries, Tropical Fruit, Wintergreen
    Active Ingredients: per tablet: Calcium Carbonate (750 mg)

    Tums Ultra (Maximum Strength)
    Flavors: Assorted Berries, Assorted Tropical Fruit, Spearmint
    Active Ingredients: Calcium Carbonate USP (1000mg Antacid)

How should this medicine be used?
Tums comes as a tablet, chewable tablet, capsule, and liquid to take by mouth. It usually is taken three or four times a day. Follow the directions on your prescription or package label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand.

Take Tums exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor. When using this medicine as a dietary supplement, take it with food or following meals.

Chewable tablets should be chewed thoroughly before being swallowed; do not swallow them whole. Drink a full glass of water after taking either the regular or chewable tablets or capsules. Some liquid forms of calcium carbonate must be shaken well before use.

Do not take Tums as an antacid for more than 2 weeks without concerning your doctor first.

What special precautions should you follow?

  • Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to calcium carbonate or any other drugs.

  • Tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking. Your doctor will be able to tell you whether you can take antacids with these medications, and if so, whether you can do so at the same time, or take the medications at a different time. The time delay is usually at least 2 hours of taking an antacid.

  • Tell your doctor if you have or have ever had kidney disease or stomach conditions.

  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking calcium carbonate, call your doctor.

What side effects can this medication cause?
Although side effects from Tums are not common, they can occur. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

  • upset stomach
  • vomiting
  • stomach pain
  • belching
  • constipation
  • dry mouth
  • increased urination
  • loss of appetite
  • metallic taste

Also, similar products containing calcium carbonate may be available under different brand and generic names. ——————

Sources:
"Antacids (Oral)." MedlinePlus. 3 Dec 2006 <http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/uspdi/202047.html>.
"OTC Drugs for Upset Stomachs." Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 3 Dec 2006 <http://www.fda.gov/fdac/graphics/reprints/tummy.pdf>.
"Patient Education - Drugs - calcium carbonate." Jackson Siegelbaum Gastroenterology. 3 Dec 2006 <http://www.gicare.com/pated/calcium_carbonate.htm>.
"Antacids (Oral) - MayoClinic.com." MayoClinic.com. 3 Dec 2006 <http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/drug-information/DR202047>.

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