Is Tums Safe While Breastfeeding?

Is Tums Safe While Breastfeeding

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Breastfeeding is a special time indeed! However, it is a delicate time as well, and you need to ensure that what you eat or drink doesn’t affect your little one adversely. And it’s not all about the snacks and meals, you need to be careful about the various medications that you can or cannot take during this period.

Sometimes, it is not possible to avoid taking medicines, even while you are breastfeeding. If you have suffered from acidity or indigestion, one popular OTC that you have probably heard about is Tums. But is it safe to take Tums while breastfeeding your little one? Read on to find out more about it.

What Is Tums?

Tums is a type of antacid made with a combination of sucrose (which is also known as sugar) and calcium carbonate. In the U.S. it is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline. Tums is available as an OTC, in the form of a sugar-free tablet as well. Tums relieves various issues related to digestion, such as indigestion, acidity, heartburn, sour reflexes and more. Tums is also considered as a calcium supplement [1].

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Is It Safe To Take Tums While You Are Breastfeeding?

Tums contains calcium carbonate, which can easily pass into your breast milk and onto your baby. It also contains simethicone as an ingredient, but there is not enough evidence to show whether or not it passes into your breast milk. To be sure that your baby will not face any side effects if you take Tums during breastfeeding, consult your doctor first [2].

Side Effects Of Taking Tums While Breastfeeding:

Even though Tums is an over the counter medication, it is important that you first speak to your doctor before taking it, especially when you are a breastfeeding mom. Do remember that not everyone will experience the same side effects. Also, the side effects that you do experience may range from mild to severe, but it is important that you do mention the same to your doctor. Here are a few side effects that you may experience when you take Tums when breastfeeding:

1. Constipation:

You may experience slight or sudden constipation. If you experience any discomfort or do not pass stool for two days at a stretch after you have taken Tums, make sure to stop it and speak to your doctor about it.

2. Loss Of Appetite:

You may also experience a loss of appetite and may not feel hungry enough, as compared to how much you eat while you are breastfeeding.

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3. Sudden And Unexplained Loss In Weight:

It is also possible that you notice a sudden loss of weight, even if you have not made any changes to your diet. The weight loss that you will experience as a side effect of taking Tums will be sudden and kind of without any apparent reason. Also, if you do experience a loss of appetite as a result of the side effect of taking Tums, it may lead to weight loss.

4. Vomiting Or Nausea:

In some cases, you may experience vomiting once you take Tums. Even if you experience it once or twice, do stop taking the medication and speak to your doctor about it.

Additional Side Effects Of Using Tums:

In addition to the above signs and symptoms, you may also experience the following side effects when you take Tums. Do make sure to speak to your doctor immediately if you experience:

  • Pain in the muscles or the bones
  • Sudden mood swings such as unexplained depression, over anxiousness, confusion, irritability and such, without any likely reason
  • An increase in your thirst or feeling thirsty all the time, even when you have enough water or fluids
  • Frequent urination or an increase in the number of times you urinate, as well as a sudden urge to urinate immediately
  • Feeling weak or tired all the time, even if you have rested or slept well

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Serious Side Effects Of Using Tums:

Here are a few very serious side effects of using Tums that are rare, but may still occur. Do visit your nearest medical center immediately if you experience:

  • Excessive dizziness
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Swelling on any part of your body (especially if it is in the face, throat or tongue)
  • Itching on any part of your body
  • The appearance of rashes on any part of your body that may or may not spread or itch

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Before You Take Tums:

While you are breastfeeding your baby, you have to check with your doctor before you take Tums. Also, if you have any health issues that you are currently being treated for, or are aware of, make sure you mention the same to your doctor. Here are a few health conditions that you should speak to your doctor about when you ask about taking tums while breastfeeding:

  • Speak to your doctor if you are aware of any medical allergies that you have experienced in the past. In case you are allergic to calcium carbonate or simethicone, make sure you tell your doctor about the same.
  • Sometimes, Tums can contain some inactive ingredients, such as soy, which may not always be mentioned in the ingredient list, or which you may not be aware of. If you know that you have an allergic reaction to soy, make sure to tell your doctor about it.
  • If you have suffered from or are currently suffering from very high levels of calcium in your body, a condition that is known as hypercalcemia, make sure you inform your doctor about it.
  • If you have suffered from any blockage in the stomach or intestines, do keep your doctor informed.
  • If you have ever experienced kidney stones or severe dehydration or are currently experiencing these symptoms, do speak to your doctor about it.

Moms, did your doctor prescribe Tums while you were breastfeeding or did she give you any alternatives? Share your experiences here.

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