how many tums in one day?

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theacidrefluxman
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   Posted 1/5/2011 8:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I am off PPI's for now and have heartburn all day, but never any reflux into my esophagus. TUMS take it away for moments, but restricting myself to not more than 7 in a day is killing me. How many can I really have in one day? the bottle says 7, I want more.

judy02
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   Posted 1/6/2011 7:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Does eating loads of alkaline things on top of that help? If I have a bad acid attack, I drink an insane amount of milk. Yoghurts and bananas also help somewhat. Why did you come off the PPI's?

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   Posted 1/6/2011 8:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Morning,
 
You might want to try Gaviscon Extra Strength Chewable Antacid Tablets.
They may help you more then Tums.  JMHO.
 
I hope you find something that helps you.  Heartburn is not fun for anyone and you deserve relief.
 
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theacidrefluxman
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   Posted 1/6/2011 10:08 AM (GMT -6)   
I came off the PPI's because the ones that work for me give me a pain in my abdomen that the dr's don't understand, so they advised me not to continue if the pain occurs. Nexium and Prevacid do nothing for me, the only one I really want to try still is Aciphex.

Since Nexium does nothing for me and I am waiting for a prescription for Aciphex from my dr., I figure on the off chance I am one of the low stomach acid people and that PPI's actually don't work for me, I am going to go a week w/o em to see if its that much different then being on 80MG nexium in a day. I think it is the same degree of heartburn regardless...

theacidrefluxman
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   Posted 1/6/2011 10:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks St. Kitt!

Cecelia
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   Posted 1/6/2011 1:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there -
You should have your stomach ph checked out or check out various websites on the internet where they give you advice how you can check your acid level.    If you have low stomach acid, the more tumms or PPI's or any other antacids you take, you make matters worse, as they are all calcium based, and calcium cancels out acid ... (You still have acid even if you have low stomach acid, and if you have reflux, heartburn can still then be a problem, or in my case, I had sticky toffee phlegm/mucus in my throat, coughed my lungs out ..)  I was diagnosed with high acid, given omeprazole,  one of the most common PPI's, check your ingredients .. which made matters worse, so I ditched same, did research, came to the conclusion that if these things didnt help ... I must have low stomach acid.   found how important enzymes are ... (didnt realise we kill them off when we cook our veges ...), bought some digestive enzymes and within 3 days saw a dramatic change.    You can also try the natural way .. eat lots and lots of raw stuff, bananas, pineapple, dates, papaya, etc.
Research all these subjects ... you learn a lot.
Good luck,
Cecelia

theacidrefluxman
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   Posted 1/6/2011 2:16 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks for the advice. what enzymes did you use that helped?

Cecelia
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   Posted 1/7/2011 12:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there -
Digestive enzymes, bought in SA, called "Bio-Enzymes for Life". an enzyme blend consisting of Protease (breaks down protein, Amylase to break down carbo's, Lipase which helps to break down fats, cellulase which breaks down fibre, Lactase which aids in the digestion of dairy products, with added Bromelain for breakdown of Proteins.
Its only when I started doing research that I realised how your stomach actually works ... it makes its own acid, and then its own mucus to protect its own lining ... and how important it is for your food to be digested properly, only then do things run smoothly .. (sxuse the pun!) 
During my research I noticed several ads on the internet for digestive enzymes,  so they should be freely available from pharmacies and health shops all over the world.
 

Post Edited (Cecelia) : 1/6/2011 11:25:57 PM (GMT-7)

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