Contraindications of *Tums*

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Using antacids come with consequences. Consult your physician if you are on prescription medications before taking them.

Contraindications of *Tums*

Tums is a name brand for an over the counter antacid. The function of Tums and other antacids is to reduce the amount of acids in the stomach in order to reduce the chance of heartburn from adverse physiological reactions to something ingested.

Adminstering Tums

  • Chewable: Chew well, until totally dissolved before swallowing.
  • Liquid: Shake well before taking to ensure proper measure of the active ingredient
  • Do not take more than the package suggested recommendations.
  • Do not take the maximum recommended for more than two weeks.

Allergic reactions

There is very little risk of an allergy to Tums, however some very sensitive individuals should be aware of the following allergic reactions to antacids.

  • Rash
  • Itching or swelling of the face, mouth, or throat
  • Severe dizzy feelings
  • Labored breathing

Side effects

Tums and other similar antacids are medicine and in such there is always a chance of side effects. If a person does not immediately experience side effects they may still develop adverse reactions to the medicine at any time while being ingested.

  • Constipation
  • Gas and burping
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Unusual weight loss
  • Muscle or bone pain
  • Changes in mood
  • Confusion
  • Headache or lethargy
  • Increased urination or thirst

Contact your physician

You should always contact your physician or health care professionals if you have any questions or concerns before taking any medications. Antacids are powerful medicines that alter the body's ability to digest, and in such can change the way your body works with other medications.

  • If you have the potential for kidney stones
  • If you have PKU (phenylketonuria)
  • If you have hypercalcemia
  • if you have stomach/intestinal blockage
  • If you believe you may be allergic to some of the ingredients; ie: milk or dairy
  • if you are pregnant or nursing

Drug interactions

Antacid active ingredients can counteract other prescription and over the counter medicines. Consult your physician if you believe that you might also take these other medications. If your physician is aware of your other medications he will likely suggest that you separate your use of antacids to not conflict with the absorption of anything else you should also be taking.

  • Digoxin
  • Phospate binders like calcium acetate
  • Phosphate supplements like potassium phosphate
  • Sodium polystyrene sulfonate
  • Many antibiotics like tetracycline
  • Bisphosphonates
  • Iron

Symptoms of overdose

If you find that you are experiencing any of the following symptoms immediately stop taking the medicine and contact your local poison control center.

  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Change in mood
  • Headache
  • Feeling dizzy or weak


Although adverse reactions and severe allergy to antacids is extremely rare it is always a good idea to inform your physician or health care professional if you are on prescription drugs before taking Tums or other antacids. An informed consumer is a safe and healthy consumer.


lucia anna
Posted on Aug 29, 2011
Amera Khanam
Posted on Mar 31, 2011