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Is it bad to take tums everyday twice a day?
Weight & Wellness / 5:50 PM - Monday June 15, 2009

Is it bad to take tums everyday twice a day?

I get heart burn almost everyday...and usually it only burns right in the middle of my collar bone, not down my chest. Anyways... i have to take tums to make it feel better and sometimes that doesn't even help. Is it bad to take them often?

- Asked by Female, 29-35, Other Profession

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Yes. You are masking the symptoms, you are not addressing the problem. That means it is only going to get worse. Heartburn happens for a reason - something in your insides is not working properly. Go to the doctor, and have him address the cause. Otherwise, you will be progressivly increasing the number of Tums you pop, as your condition worsens.

- Response by justpassingthru, Female, 56-65, Financial / Banking

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Yes.....that is bad. Items like Tums are supposed to be a temporary relief for a temporary problem. if you feel the need to take them all the time, there is most likely something else going on. It could still be soemthing as simple as gas, but it would be nice to find that out and change your diet accordingly.

- Response by ecgjyt, A Mr. Married Guy, Male, 46-55, Medical / Dental

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You might want to see your doctor soon. Its never normal to have any kind of indigestion this regularly. Go get yourself checked to make sure it isn't anything serious, that there isn't some kind of damage already done and hopefully find a solution. Good luck!

- Response by dolphingirl44, Female, 36-45, Tampa, Veterinary

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You need to see a doctor. You could have any number of digestive issues. If left unchecked, they can turn into cancer.

Limit foods that are acidy and spicy. Cantaloupe and tomatoes are foods that, surprisingly, are very acidy.


- Response by myndseye711, Female, 29-35, Vladivostok, Technical

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Yes -- any time your body is bothering you with the same thing every day -- this is an indication of a serious problem.

Go to your health care provider and find out the cause of your problem. There are many alternative health options if he can't find the cause.

- Response by utahmom, Female, 56-65, Managerial

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Taking anything that is to relieve short term symptoms on a regular basis is bad....

Consult doc...it definetly won't hurt as much as the heartburn lol

- Response by wasaga, A Working Gal, Female, 46-55, Toronto, Self-Employed

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Gotta see a doctor.. they also sell prilosec over the counter (used to be prescription) -that helped a lot with my heartburn (from taking prednisone)..ugh -I absolutely HATE when I need to take another medication to counter the side effects of another drug. What a freaking cycle!

But -always consult your doc..I can't make it any clearer.

- Response by jillopo, Female, 29-35, Dusseldorf, Other Profession

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I don't think so, but it may get you relie on them. Change up and use roliads once in awhle to give your system a break.

- Response by lifestyle, A Father Figure, Male, 56-65, Houston

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Take a course of Prilosec for 14 days, its an over the counter drug. Read directions carefully, you can only take it for 14 days straight. That should heal any sores. Also don't lie down right after eating, not even partially in a recliner chair. And stay away from acidic foods and rough salty foods. If that doesn't do the trick, you'll need to see a doctor.

- Response by judy46karla, Female, 66 or older, Seattle, Retired

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Take a course of Prilosec for 14 days, its an over the counter drug. Read directions carefully, you can only take it for 14 days straight. That should heal any sores. Also don't lie down right after eating, not even partially in a recliner chair. And stay away from acidic foods and rough salty foods. If that doesn't do the trick, you'll need to see a doctor.

- Response by judy46karla, Female, 66 or older, Seattle, Retired

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