Can Tums cause kidney stones?

Can taking Tums every day for heartburn during pregnancy cause kidney stones? I have heard that the calcium content can cause them. I already had one and it was horrible. However my heartburn is so bad that I have to take like 7-10 a day.

  1. kriti, 16 May, 2010

    Kidney stones are caused by excess calcium deposits. So theoretically you can get kidney stones by taking tums. But practically most of it is removed by the kidney. One should drink enough water, about 2ltrs a day, to flush out the toxins from the kidney. It also helps in flushing out the excess calcium which otherwise forms deposits.

  2. kevin, 27 October, 2010

    That’s kind of the opposite. Kidney stones aren’t pure calcium, they are mainly calcium oxalate. So if you have a low intake of oxalates then you would prevent kidney stones. Technically eating Tums with a meal with lots of oxalates would prevent both from being absorbed and reaching your kidneys. This seems to be the consensus among a few websites, but of course, your case is specific to you.

    Yeah, a kidney stone is like having a migraine in your abdomen. I was driving to the hospital and I wanted to run every red light on the way.

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