About TUMS Heartburn Relief
About TUMS Heartburn Relief

TUMS® – America's #1 Heartburn Medicine

TUMS® has been providing heartburn relief for more than 90 years. Created in 1928 by pharmacist James Howe to treat his wife's indigestion, the TUMS® brand was introduced to the public in 1930 and quickly became an American favorite among antacid treatments.

TUMS® is trusted by millions of people every year to provide fast, natural heartburn relief. TUMS® is a true original. Unlike other antacids, TUMS® is not available as a private label. GSK – the maker of TUMS® – does not produce generic store-brand products. That’s what makes TUMS® different, and buying store-brand is not the same experience.

Accept no imitations – reach for original, fast-acting TUMS® as soon as the pain of heartburn strikes.

TUMS® – A Brand That’s Part of America

TUMS® is proudly American. Today, the main production facility can still be found where it was initially located nearly a century ago, in downtown St. Louis. Each year it produces over six billion tablets.1

Today, more than 60 million bottles or rolls are sold every year – almost twice as many as TUMS®’s closest competitor.1

TUMS® – An Advertising Legend

TUMS® is famous for its advertising, including its instantly recognizable, catchy jingle. The first nationwide TUMS® ad appeared in newspapers in 1951, with its simple, animated TV ads debuting in 1961.

But it was 1981 that saw the brand truly enter the public consciousness. Its famous 'Tums, Tum-Tum-Tum, Tums!', sung over the music track from the hit TV series Dragnet, hit home. By 1986, TUMS® was America's best-selling antacid.2

TUMS® – Antacids for Natural Heartburn Relief

TUMS® provides fast-acting relief from the pain of heartburn. The secret is its primary active ingredient – calcium carbonate, which is naturally mined from limestone – that quickly gets to work tackling the symptoms of heartburn.

More than 60 million Americans suffer from the discomfort of heartburn every month.3

That's because the digestive process doesn't always work the way it should. It’s not uncommon for acid to back up in the stomach and flow into the esophagus – the tube that connects the throat and the stomach – causing painful heartburn. This is called acid reflux. Acid reflux can be caused by spicy or fatty foods, stress or anxiety, smoking and certain medications, among other things.4

The result? Painful – or at least uncomfortable – heartburn that can stop you from getting on with your day.

Calcium carbonate quickly and effectively fights heartburn. The antacid medicine travels directly to the source, dissolving swiftly and neutralizing stomach acid on contact. TUMS® goes to work in seconds, so you can get back to your day fast.

TUMS® – Choose the Best Heartburn Relief

Today, TUMS® antacid products are available in a whole range of great-tasting flavors and types. From new TUMS® Chewy Bites® Cooling Sensation, which provides relief with every bite, to the deliciously smooth and tasty TUMS® Smoothies™ – there's a TUMS® for everyone.

It's why millions of people have trusted TUMS® antacids for more than nine decades. Consumers have relied on the same active ingredient – calcium carbonate – for effective heartburn relief since 1930.

Learn more about why you should choose TUMS®.

TUMS® and the Competition

Other classes of heartburn medications are absorbed into the bloodstream and can take hour or days to fully work. But TUMS® antacids gets to work in seconds. Available in more strengths and flavor varieties than any other brand, it's easy to see why TUMS® is America's #1 antacid.

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.

America’s #1 antacid brand          
Goes to work instantly for fast heartburn relief          
Available in three different strengths - Ultra, Extra and Regular strength          
Available in Smooth Dissolve Form          
Available in a soft chew          
Available in a hard chew          
Comes from a natural source          
#1 physician, pharmacist, and OB-GYN recommended adult antacid brand          
Trusted brand to fight heartburn fast for nearly 85 years          

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  1. How long have Tums been churned out in that big, old factory by the ballpark? St Louis Magazine. https://www.stlmag.com/history/st-louis-sage/tums-ballpark-factory/. Accessed 09/01/19. Referenced text is highlighted in source PDF.
  2. Tums Brand, Like Acid Indigestion, Is Timeless. AdAge. https://adage.com/article/special-report-80-years-of-ideas/tums-brand-acid-indigestion-timeless/142983/. Accessed 09/01/19. Referenced text is highlighted in source PDF.
  3. Acid Reflux. American College of Gastroenterology. https://gi.org/topics/acid-reflux/. Accessed 09/04/19. Referenced text is highlighted in source PDF.
  4. Heartburn and acid reflux. NHS. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/heartburn-and-acid-reflux/. Accessed 10/10/19. Referenced text is highlighted in source PDF.

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