Tums is an over-the-counter medication that alleviates symptoms associated with acid indigestion, upset stomach, heartburn, excess gas and bloating, according to WebMD. The medication contains an antacid called calcium carbonate that reduces the level of acid in the stomach.
Tums also contains an anti-foaming agent called simethicone that works by reducing the amount of gas in the stomach. Antacid medications such as Tums should be taken orally and chewed before swallowing. Tums should not be consumed for a period of two weeks or more unless instructed to do so by a qualified physician. This medication can also be used to treat conditions such as renal osteodystrophy with hyperphosphatemia, a low amount of calcium in the blood and osteoporosis.Learn More
According to WebMD, an overdose of calcium carbonate, the active ingredient in Tums, causes the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, mood swings, headaches, weakness and dizziness. People who believe they have overdosed on Tums should seek emergency treatment.Full Answer >
The chemical formula for calcium carbonate, which is the active ingredient in Tums, is "CaCO3," according to GlaxoSmithKline. The active ingredient in a product is the ingredient that causes the intended effect.Full Answer >
Famotidine is used to treat heartburn, acid indigestion, and intestinal and stomach ulcers, according to WebMD. It also prevents the return of intestinal ulcers and is often prescribed to treat throat and stomach problems that result from GERD and erosive esophagitis. It is sold under the brand name Pepcid.Full Answer >
Tums are generally safe to take to alleviate heartburn symptoms during pregnancy, according to WebMD. It is best to consult a doctor before taking over-the-counter medications when pregnant.Full Answer >