TUMS FAQ

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Would you like to know more about TUMS antacid? Here are the A’s to our most frequently asked Q’s.

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GENERAL

  • TUMS is an antacid made of Calcium carbonate. It is available over-the-counter and in the digestive health aisle at many retail stores, including drug stores, grocery stores, and mass merchandisers. It provides relief from acid indigestion, heartburn, and sour stomach.

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HEARTBURN

  • Antacids, such as TUMS, have a direct and local effect on acid in the esophagus and stomach. TUMS antacid reacts upon contact with the acid and neutralizes it. Heartburn pain results from regurgitation of stomach contents into the esophagus. When the acid is neutralized, this important factor causing the irritation is removed and heartburn is relieved.

  • Heartburn is a burning feeling rising from the stomach to the chest and up to the neck. Symptoms may include a sense of fullness in the middle of the chest and a bitter taste in the mouth or throat. Sometimes heartburn may bring on chest pain that can be mistaken for the pain of heart disease, but it is important to note that heartburn is not related to the heart at all. If you are concerned about this pain, consult your doctor.

  • Different foods may cause heartburn for different reasons. Some cause the stomach to produce extra acid and some cause the muscle between the esophagus and the stomach to loosen, allowing stomach acid to enter the esophagus.

    The leading foods that cause heartburn in some people are:

    • Greasy & fatty foods: poutine, fries, chicken wings, pizza, burger
    • Spicy foods: nachos, hot sauce
    • Condiments: ketchup, mustard
    • Carbonated drinks: pop
    • Dairy: chocolate, heavy cheese, rich desserts, milk
    • Certain fruits & veggies: juice, onions, peppers
    • Tomato products: salsa, tomato sauce, tomatoes
    • Plus: alcohol

    Other causes like some medications, stress, certain health or medical conditions, smoking, weight, and age can also cause heartburn.

  • No, heartburn may be caused by weakness of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). Certain conditions can trigger heartburn, such as hiatal hernia, excessive acid production, obesity, and pregnancy.

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