I have only had to take 2 in a day so far. My HB has been mild. This is the only thing I could find on TUMS.
I had HORRENDOUS hb w/ my last 2 pregnancies. I popped tums like it was an addiction. I think you can just pop them....
Also, they are a good source of calcium. =)
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DD Phoenix, 5 DD Violet, 3 DD Boots, 12/2011
I have heard stuff about too many Tums causing kidney stones, but I'm not sure if thats true. But I had horrible heartburn and was taking like 6 a day. Decided to switch to Prevacid and the heartburn got almost 100% better. I think I've only had to take 2 or 3 in the last month as opposed to 5-6 per day.
Zantac works better than tums and w/o the constipation side-effect!
DH Mike 2/10/01
DS Caleb 11/19/05
DS Jonah 11/25/11
Its the calcium that can cause kidney stones and constipation. Kidney stones isn't that common unless you have had them before and are known to be at high risk of developing them. The constipation is just from too much calcium and can happen with regular milk or liquid calcium magnesium too. The only patient I've ever had develop constipation from them was taking around 10 to 15 a day but if you are having pregnancy related constipation already you might be at higher risk.
I don't know the max daily dose for a pregnant women and couldn't find it in my reference but I would have to agree with more than 4 or 5 on a daily basis (or definitely anything past the package max dose) warranting a maintenance med like Zantac or Prevacid instead because that much heartburn can start to damage your esophagus. Tums are meant for short term, quick relief.