TUMS® vs. Others

TUMS® vs. Other Heartburn Remedies

TUMS antacid goes to work in seconds, helping make it America's #1 antacid. Many other heartburn medications are absorbed into the blood-stream and can take hours or days to fully work. TUMS antacid travels directly to the source of the heartburn, dissolving easily and neutralizing acid on contact – for fast relief. And TUMS antacid tastes great too, giving you more flavor options than anyone else. Keep reading and discover what else makes TUMS antacid miles ahead of the competition.


Antacids are the most commonly used product to treat heartburn discomfort. And because they start to neutralize acid in seconds, they're also the fastest way to relieve your symptoms.

Not all antacids are created equal. In fact, TUMS Ultra has more acid-neutralizing power than Rolaids® or Extra Strength Rolaids® Tablets.

Why Choose TUMS® Antacid?

Chart comparing TUMS vs. other antacid brands

Proton Pump Inhibitors

Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) are a group of OTC products that help reduce the production of stomach acid. They are available without a prescription (Prilosec®, Prevacid® and Zegerid®) for the treatment of heartburn; or with a prescription (Nexium®, Protonix® and Aciphex®) for the treatment of heartburn, GERD, ulcers, esophagitis and other stomach acid related conditions. When it comes to managing your heartburn symptoms over a 24-hour period, PPIs are generally very effective medications.

PPIs are very effective, yet more than 46% of people taking them still get heartburn. When this occurs, an antacid like TUMS Ultra can help relieve these breakthrough symptoms.

H2 Blockers

H2 Blockers or H2RAs are a group of drugs like Zantac®, Pepcid® and Axid that help reduce the production of acid in your stomach. They are very effective in providing extended relief. One dose may last up to 8 hours or longer. However, onset of relief may take a few hours.

Although H2RAs work well, your symptoms can still “break through” their control. If you take these products for
a number of days in a row, tolerance could build up. When your tolerance is higher, you may experience “breakthrough” heartburn.

For more information on Antacids, PPIs and H2 Blockers please visit heartburn.com