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Tums

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7.1
7  Effectiveness
1.4  Side Effects
5.7  Holistic Benefits

RateADrug users have reported 1 Tums side effect and 2 Tums benefits.

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Treatment Information
The generic name of this medication is not noted currently. Brand names are Rolaids, Tums, Gaviscon, Maalox and Mylanta Antacid.

Tums is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline.

The active ingredient of this medication is calcium carbonate.

Mainly used to relieve the uncomfortable symptoms of acid indigestion, heartburn, gas, and sour stomach.
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Effectiveness of Tums by Condition
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Reported Changes in Health and Well-Being
Since taking Tums, RateADrug survey participants noticed these changes in their health:
Effect on:Much WorseWorseNo ChangeBetterMuch Better
Appetite 3.4% 3.4% 69% 21.8% 2.3%
Balance/Equilibrium 1.2% 0% 96.4% 2.4% 0%
Blood Pressure 0% 0% 100% 0% 0%
Breathing 0% 1.2% 95.2% 3.6% 0%
Confidence 0% 0% 97.6% 2.4% 0%
Coordination/Motor Skills 0% 1.2% 97.6% 1.2% 0%
Digestion 4.7% 4.7% 58.8% 28.2% 3.5%
Emotional Well-being 0% 0% 89.4% 10.6% 0%
Energy 0% 2.4% 91.6% 6% 0%
Eyesight 0% 0% 98.8% 1.2% 0%
Memory 0% 0% 98.8% 1.2% 0%
Mental Clarity 0% 0% 97.6% 2.4% 0%
Pain 2.4% 4.8% 69% 20.2% 3.6%
Patience 1.2% 1.2% 95.2% 2.4% 0%
Sexual Health 0% 1.2% 98.8% 0% 0%
Skin Complexion 0% 0% 98.8% 1.2% 0%
Sleep 1.2% 3.6% 84.3% 10.8% 0%
Stress Level 0% 1.2% 89.3% 9.5% 0%
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Commonly Reported Tums Side Effects
RateADrug survey participants experienced these commonly reported side effects:
Effect on:NoneMildModerateStrongSevere
Cold Symptoms 94.7% 5.3% 0% 0% 0%
Headache 96.4% 1.2% 1.2% 1.2% 0%
White/Pale Bowel Movements 98.7% 0% 0% 1.3% 0%
Gas 89.5% 5.3% 0% 0% 5.3%
Depression 94.7% 0% 5.3% 0% 0%
Sensitivity to Light 94.7% 0% 5.3% 0% 0%
Blurred Vision 94.7% 0% 0% 5.3% 0%
Sexual Dysfunction 94.7% 0% 5.3% 0% 0%
Stomach Ache 94.7% 0% 5.3% 0% 0%
Confusion 94.7% 5.3% 0% 0% 0%
Constipation 92.2% 3.1% 3.1% 1.6% 0%
Irregular Heartbeat 89.5% 5.3% 5.3% 0% 0%
Indigestion 91.2% 7.5% 1.2% 0% 0%
Anxiety 94.7% 5.3% 0% 0% 0%
Drowsiness 94.7% 5.3% 0% 0% 0%
Nausea 96.2% 2.5% 1.3% 0% 0%
Dizziness 97.6% 0% 1.2% 1.2% 0%
Insomnia 94.7% 5.3% 0% 0% 0%
Allergic Reaction 98.7% 0% 0% 1.3% 0%
Muscle Cramping 89.5% 5.3% 5.3% 0% 0%
Diarrhea 98.8% 0% 0% 0% 1.2%
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Less Commonly Reported Tums Side Effects
RateADrug survey participants experienced less commonly reported side effects:
Effect on:NoneMildModerateStrongSevere
Reduced Libido 97.4% 0% 0% 2.6% 0%
Kidney Damage 98.7% 0% 0% 1.3% 0%
Chest Tightness 98.7% 0% 0% 1.3% 0%
Difficulty Swallowing 96.9% 1.6% 0% 1.6% 0%
Bleeding 98.7% 0% 0% 1.3% 0%
Confusion 98.4% 0% 0% 1.6% 0%
Vomiting 98.7% 0% 0% 1.3% 0%
Irregular Heartbeat 98.4% 0% 0% 1.6% 0%
Breast Tenderness 97.5% 1.3% 0% 1.3% 0%
Fatigue 98.4% 0% 0% 1.6% 0%
Sore Throat 98.7% 1.3% 0% 0% 0%
Fever 98.4% 0% 0% 1.6% 0%
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Episodes since taking Tums
Since taking Tums Rate a Drug survey participants reported these episodes:
Heart attack 1.1%
Stroke 1.1%
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04 Nov 2012 I have had my colon removed due to Crohn's disease 20 years ago. I decided to use tums instead of my prescription Pepcid medication. What a big mistake that was. I was happy that they gave me "normal bowel movements and thought I found a solution for my loose stools. 3 weeks after taking it as DIRECTED on the liable. I ended up in the ER for fecal impaction. It was so painful! They helped manually break it up along with an enama. They sent me home without testing me to see if there was more. That night I passed another one by myself. This was 2 years ago and I am now permently damaged from it. I now have small bowel bacteria overgrowth and need strong antibiotics for the unseen future. It took 2 years working with my doctor to resolve this issue. I ended up in the hospital for 5 days. They finally started me on 2 antibiotics which got rid of the problem until I stopped using them. 4 days later the infection was back. Please don't use tums on a daily basis or you could end up like me. It's a very painful and unpleasant thing to go through.
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24 Jan 2012 Helps with heartburn
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14 Jan 2012 Tastes like chalk but works like a charm
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