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Rolaids vs. Tums. Why?

Hi Ladies: 

I think this is the first week where I feel some discomfort from being pregnant. I still love every minute and luckily started feeling LO moving around. (Have an AP so it takes me longer than most). I have wicked heartburn today and took two rolaids (what it said on the side of the roll). I read online the Rolaids are fine to take but Tums are way better to take but no one said why. 

Do you know? I am sure both are fine but I have no idea why some favour Tums more? 

 Happy Friday Ladies! 

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Re: Rolaids vs. Tums. Why?

  • My doctor told me Tums are okay but not Rolaids because "sometimes they sneak a little aspirin into Rolaids".

     I gotta tell you though, if you have heartburn/acid reflux, Zantac is wayyy better.

  • I don't know why, but I was only told Tums was okay.
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  • I have no idea why one would be "better" -- Tums has Calcium carbonate in it. Rolaids has both Calcium carbonate and Magnesium hydroxide. So possibly it has to do with the magnesium hydroxide.

    My doctor told me that I should just take tums anyway, becuase a little extra calcium never hurt anyone. Then I discovered viactiv caramels. ;-)

    (BTW, for heartburn, the viactiv caramels work just as well as tums, maybe a little more slowly...)

  • I have heard no rolaids too. I would choose Tums anyway, because they give extra calcium.
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     I gotta tell you though, if you have heartburn/acid reflux, Zantac is wayyy better.

     

    This, totally. Zantac totally made it go away, tums just lessened it. If you are popping tums like candy like i was for 3 weeks you can forgo calcium pills, but switching back to zantac i think you have to take them. (just an added tidbit :)

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  • Tums Smoothies.

    Because they taste AWESOME!

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  • Tums, for me it's instant relief.
  • My midwife with DS didn't care which one I took (I prefer Rolaids softchews...like Starbursts for heartburn), but when it got to the point where I was taking a pack a day she suggested I might be better off with Zantac.  Zantac was like a gift from God...heartburn ran away and sleep returned.
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