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Antacid Basics

TUMS and other Digestive Health Symptoms

  • TUMS® Chewy Bites with Gas Relief includes the active ingredient simethicone which relieves gas associated with heartburn, sour stomach or acid indigestion.  Like all TUMS® products, TUMS® Chewy Bites with Gas Relief also contains calcium carbonate which is used to treat heartburn.

  • TUMS® treats upset stomach associated with heartburn, sour stomach, and acid indigestion.  Nausea may be associated with these conditions, however, there are other conditions that may also cause nausea.  Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you are experiencing nausea to determine the cause and appropriate treatment.

  • TUMS® treats heartburn which is triggered by stomach acid that "refluxes" back into the esophagus. GERD is also an acid reflux-related condition, but it generally has more severe symptoms and occurs more frequently.  You should speak to your doctor to confirm a diagnosis of GERD and determine the appropriate treatment, which may include daily use of prescription medication.

  • TUMS® is not indicated for the treatment of diarrhea. If you are experiencing diarrhea, you should consult with  your doctor or pharmacist to determine what is the best treatment option for you.

  • Yes, TUMS® helps with heartburn.  In fact, TUMS® is the #1 doctor recommended treatment for heartburn.

  • TUMS® is not indicated for the treatment of bloating but if you are experiencing heartburn and gas, you may want to try TUMS® Chewy Bites with Gas Relief.  If you are bloated and need relief, you should consult your doctor or pharmacist to determine the appropriate treatment option.

  • TUMS® is not indicated for the treatment of constipation. If you are constipated and need relief, you should consult your doctor or pharmacist to determine the appropriate treatment option.

  • Yes, TUMS® is indicated to treat acid indigestion as well as heartburn and upset stomach.

TUMS® and Pregnancy

TUMS® Ingredients


  • Alcohol causes heartburn by relaxing the lower esophageal sphincter, which is where the esophagus connects to the stomach. When this happens, acid reflux occurs which is what causes heartburn symptoms.  TUMS® is intended to treat hearburn, and is appropriate for use when heartburn occurs.  TUMS® is not intended for use prior to or while consuming alcohol as a way to prevent heartburn

  • TUMS® bottles are made from polypropylene and they have a #5 recycle on the bottom. Check to see if they can be recycled in your municipality.

  • Ask a doctor or pharmacist before taking TUMS® if you are presently taking a prescription drug.  Antacids may interact with certain prescription drugs.

  • TUMS® products include an expiration date on the package label.  We do not recommend using TUMS® after the expiration date.

  • TUMS® contains calcium carbonate, and it is indicated for use in humans.  Although dogs may experience heartburn, you should speak to your veterinarian regarding the appropriate medication to use for conditions your dog is experiencing.

  • You can use your HSA and FSA tax-preferred savings account to purchase certain OTC products including TUMS®. The passage of the CARES Act by Congress includes provisions to restore OTC eligibility under tax-preferred HSA and FSA accounts. Your plan details may vary, so save your receipt and check with your benefits or health provider for eligibility.

    Source: https://www.chpa.org/Monograph_FSA_CARES.aspx