What is Tums® (calcium carbonate) used for?
How should I take Tums® (calcium carbonate)?
Use this medicine as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
Take with or without food.
Chew well before swallowing.
How do I store Tums® (calcium carbonate)?
Tums® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Tums® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Tums® that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.
You should not flush Tums® down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.
Precautions & warnings
What should I know before using Tums® (calcium carbonate)?
Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
- You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
- You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of Tums® or other medications.
- You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
- You have high calcium levels.
Tell all of your health care providers that you take this medicine. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
If you are allergic to tartrazine, talk with your doctor. Some products have tartrazine.
This medicine may prevent other drugs taken by mouth from getting into the body. If you take other drugs by mouth, you may need to take them at some other time than this medicine. Talk with your doctor.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this medicine while you are pregnant.
Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
There isn’t enough information about the safety of using Tums® during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Tums®.
What side effects can occur from Tums® (calcium carbonate)?
Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Very hard stools (constipation).
Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.
What drugs may interact with Tums® (calcium carbonate)?
Tums® may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.
Does food or alcohol interact with Tums® (calcium carbonate)?
Tums® may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.
What health conditions may interact with Tums® (calcium carbonate)?
Tums® may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Tums® (calcium carbonate).
What is the dose of Tums® (calcium carbonate) for an adult?
Consult your doctor for further information.
What is the dose of Tums® (calcium carbonate) for a child?
The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
How is Tums® (calcium carbonate) available?
Tums® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:
- Chewable tablet
What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?
In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.
What should I do if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of Tums®, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.
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Review Date: November 16, 2017 | Last Modified: November 16, 2017