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Antacids - Tums, Rolaids - Are Harmful Too

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Basic antacids - Tums, Rolaids and other over-the-counter antacids reduce stomach acid just like Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs). We need strong stomach acid to: sanitize food, digest (liquify) food, dissolve minerals, and promote beneficial bacteria - among other things. Without strong acid helping you absorb nutrients you are malnourished, which may explain hunger and weight gain.

Nexium, Prolsec (proton pump inhibitors and other acid blockers) reduce stomach acid and cause similar affects to basic antacids. They create further problems because they reduce stomach acid significantly and cause a "rebound" effect when you stop them. Thus, getting off "PPIs" can be a slow process.

Basic antacids present a different problem. Most of these products contain large amounts of calcium. While calcium through your food is good - current research shows that calcium supplements are bad. Too much calcium intake without sufficient "helpers" to make sure calcium goes to the right place (bones) causes hardening of the arteries and related heart diseases. People on antacids and calcium supplements for long periods of time have more heart attacks! 

Watch and listen to expert suggestions...

  • Topic: Chewable Antacids Can Cause Heart Problems - Dr. Teitelbaum.

  • Source: iHealthTube


  • Level: Beginner, 5 minutes

  • Why Taking Antacids is a Terrible Idea

  • Source: Dr. Vikki Petersen


  • Level: Intermediate, 6 minutes

  • 10 Side Effects of TUMS - Calcium Carbonate

  • Source: Dr. Eric Berg


  • Level: Intermediate, 3 minutes

  • The Truth About Antacids and Stomach Acid

  • Source: Underground Wellness - Sean Croxton

  • Level: Advanced, 15 minutes

Prescription Antacids  

  • Calcium Antacids May Increase Heart Disease.

  • Source: FOX 2 St. Louis

  • Level: Beginner, 2 minutes

Prescription Antacids

Over-the-Counter Antacids

  • omeprazole (Prilosec, Prilosec OTC)

  • aspirin and omeprazole (Yosprala)

  • lansoprazole (Prevacid, Prevacid IV, Prevacid 24-Hour)

  • dexlansoprazole (Dexilent, Dexilent Solutab)

  • rabeprazole (Aciphex, Aciphex Sprinkle)

  • pantoprazole (Protonix)

  • esomeprazole (Nexium, Nexium IV, Nexium 24 HR)

  • esomeprazole magnesium/naproxen (Vimovo)

  • omeprazole/sodium bicarbonate (Zegerid, Zegerid OTC)

  • Alka-Seltzer

  • Milk of Magnesia

  • Alternagel, Amphojel

  • Gaviscon, Gelusil, Maalox, Mylanta, Rolaids

  • Pepto-Bismol

  • Tums

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