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Tums are fruit flavoured antacid tablets made by Glaxo Smith Kline. They are for neutralising excess stomach acid and providing relief from indigestion, heartburn and trapped wind. They are suitable for adults and children over 12 years old.
Tums are made out of calcium carbonate and are therefore chalky and can either be chewed or sucked. They are about the size of a 5p coin and about twice as thick. They come packs which contain four assorted flavours which are cherry, orange, lemon and blackcurrant and are coloured accordingly. I like all of the flavours but the order I have listed them in here are from most favourite to least favourite, in case anyone is interested! Irrespective of the flavour, each tablet contains 500mg of calcium carbonate and does exactly the same thing.
The pack I have looks different from the picture as it is a clear plastic container so you can see how many are left and it has a white lid which flips open. The opening is quite large so if you don't want to tip them out at random, you can preferentially choose which flavour you want. Overall this is a good thing but it does mean that now I have used about three quarters of my pack, there are a lot of yellow and purple ones down there at the bottom and not pink one in sight! They taste a bit like the sweets called refreshers only without the fizzy part. Perhaps more people use Rennies rather than Tums but I really can't stand the chalkiness combined with the mint flavour. It makes me gag and there is no way I can swallow a mouthful of minty chalk, ew! Thankfully I don't experience this with Tums as they taste quite pleasant so I am really pleased about this.
It is recommended that you take 1 to 2 tablets at a time and do not exceed 16 in a 24 hour period (7 if you are pregnant). In my experience, Tums are effective and they do quite quickly settle an uncomfortable acidic stomach. I practically lived off a diet of Tums and paracetamols for more days than I care to remember when suffering from the dreaded norovirus before Christmas. They are not really strong enough to tackle that degree of stomach issue (my God, is anything?) but I did feel that they helped a bit. At the very least it gave me something nice to suck on and gave my stomach something to digest as it didn't see food for a long time! So I was thankful to have some trusty Tums in my cupboard.
Although we don't tend to think of calcium carbonate tablets as being potentially harmful, as with any medicine, they can have serious side effects if taken in more than the recommended dosage or with other medications. Side effects can include constipation, wind and changes in your blood. Tums are not suitable for children under 12, people with certain medical conditions (such as kidney conditions, among others) or people on certain medications. I'm not going to be boring and list everything here as this will not apply to most and all this information is printed on the back of the pack and available online (www.tums.com).
I bought my pack of Tums from Boots and they are currently listed on their website as costing £3.59. The pack contains 75 tablets which works out at 5p each which is good value. Seeing as there are so many of them in there, they will also last quite a long time. I like to take Tums with me when I go on holiday and this sized box is a little bulky to fit in a wash bag so you can also get a smaller box containing 36 tablets which takes up slightly less space. A trip to India depleted my Tums supply a little more (but give me Dehli Belly over norovirus any day) and Tums were there to help me out.
In summary, Tums are a useful indigestion/heatburn/stomach ache remedy to have in the medicine cabinet for those occasions when you ate something that you wish you didn't. And thanks to Tums, I never have to eat another Rennie again! 5 stars!
A few months ago, I was at work and had a constant, continuous dull tummy ache. It wasn't like period pain or anything I experienced before, I just felt uneasy and uncomfortable and someone at work said maybe I had indigestion. I have never had indigestion or heartburn before so wasn't really sure when I always see those Gaviscon ads on TV etc how people felt but nevertheless I trotted off to Boots around the corner and bought these Tums as my colleague recommended and thought I would give them a try.
The packaging is different to that shown in the picture above as they are now in a transparent plastic, slightly curved rectangular container, with a plastic flip lid to pop them open and it is wide enough to pick one out, or you can shake a Tum into the palm of your hand and then pop the container closed again. Tums are quite large in size, probably the size of a circular 50p coin and they remind me of small fizzy sweets I used to eat as a child (racking my brain trying to remember the name of them!)
Anyway, Tums are supposed to provide effective relief from indigestion, heartburn and trapped wind. Each tablet contains 500mg of calcium carbonate to neutralise excess stomach acid. There is a limit of 16 of these in a 24 hour period, and I did find that after eating one, they did have a calming effect on my tummy pain and I found myself wanting to eat one after the other! However, I was cautious and had perhaps one an hour and would suck on it for as long as possible before chewing to make it last as long as I could!
They have four flavours are orange, lemon, cherry and blackcurrant which co-ordinate with the colours of the tum - orange, yellow, pink and red and the flavours are quite nice so do taste a lot like sweets although I would't say strong enough for it to taste exactly like a cherry and so on, but of course an artificial taste which most sweets have nowadays. Tums do have quite a chalky texture which strangely enough I find quite nice to chew on, but I am sure this may not be the case for everyone!
Overall, Tums are a great antacid that I would definitely recommend and I would use again in the future! Not too pricey as a box costs £3.59 in Boots and they provide great relief from indigestion and taste nice at the same time!
I do not get indegestion very often, once every three months at most I would guess but my other half does suffer a bit more frequently and that is why I always have a supply of Tums in the medicine box as he reckons that they are the most effective and on the odd occasion I have used them I have certainly found them to provide some very welcome relief. You get 75 assorted fruit flavour tablets and they retail for £3.59 at Boots.
The packaging is different to that shown in the Dooyoo picture. They actually come in a plastic container which you can see through and there is a plastic flip lid to access them. Given that they resemble small sweets and are coloured to denote the different flavours you need to keep these well out of the reach of little hands. They are not suitable for children under the age of 12. It is recommended that you should not take more than 16 in a 24hr period (less if you are pregnant) and you can take one or two at a time depending on how bad you are sufferring.
The four flavours are orange, lemon, cherry and blackcurrant and while the flavours are not exactly strong personally for me i like the cherry one the best as it has the most flavour, I find the orange to be the weakest and the one that feels most artificial and not at all natural, the lemon is also a bit acidic in flavour. They also have that not very nice chalky texture as well so I tend to crunch them up quickly and flush down with some water.
The good news is that they do certainly work, I find that one at a time is enough although my other half tends to take two, the antacids certainly help relieve the symptoms of indigestion, they can also be used for trapped wind and heartburn but I never suffer from either of these so no idea whether they work as effectively. They are fast acting and on both occasions I have felt some relief within a quarter of an hour and rarely do I find the need to take a second tablet.
My other half swears by them as well and as he suffers more than me I guess that is a good enough recommendation.
I am one of those people who occasionally suffer from indigestion - probably because I eat far too quickly! I don't shovel my food into my mouth but I do eat more quickly than is good for me and I don't seem to be able to break the habit.
So, as I said, I do occasionally suffer from indigestion or heartburn. The one product that I find relieves my symptoms every time is Tums antacid tablets.
Tums are made by GlaxoSmithKline and a tub containing 75 tablets will currently set you back £3.16 at Boots. These tablets are also available at all good chemists and supermarkets so they may well be cheaper elsewhere. They are also available in little rolls so you can keep one in your handbag.
The tub is made from translucent plastic with a white plastic push off lid. The label on the front of the tub tells us the name of the product and the fact that they contain calcium and will bring fast effective relief from heartburn and indigestion. The label on the back gives the directions for use, contact information, expiry date, the possible side effects of Tums and the ingredients.
The tablets inside the tub come in four flavours and colours - blackcurrant (blue), cherry (pink), orange (orange) and lemon (yellow). They look like small Refreshers - if you remember those from your childhood.
Adults should either suck or chew one or two tablets as required taking no more than sixteen in any twenty four hour period. Children between six and twelve years old should suck or chew just one tablet as required taking no more than four in twenty four hours. Tums should not be given to children under the age of six.
Tums work by neutralising the excess stomach acid which causes heartburn, indigestion and also trapped wind. The effective ingredient that achieves this is calcium carbonate.
I really like these tablets for one main reason - most indigestion remedies are flavoured with peppermint and that is a flavour that I just don't like! Tums taste really pleasant and they work very quickly and effectively so they are ideal for me. I always keep some in the bedside cabinet as I tend to find that when I do suffer from indigestion it is usually at night. I just suck a couple of Tums and it is gone in minutes!
There is no worry about side effects although you are advised to consult your doctor before taking these if you are pregnant. You also need to keep these out of reach of children as, because they taste nice, children might well think that they are sweets.
In conclusion I would definitely recommend Tums especially if, like me, you don't like the taste of peppermint!
The tub is semi transparent and made of plastic, the lid is white plastic and is a push open lid. On the front of the tub are the brand and product name, what the product is for and how many tablets are in a tub which is 75. On the back of the tube is one of those peeling stickers which have information on the inside as well as on the back. The information includes directions for use, contact information, expiry date, and check list before you take tums, possible side effects and ingredients.
I used these antacid tablets last time I was pregnant and now I am pregnant again I had to buy another tub. I suffer from really bad heartburn whilst I am pregnant and I have tried other remedies but they are just too chalky or I don't like the taste. On opening the tub you notice the smell, they smell like the sweets refreshers a good start I think. When looking at the tablets they look like refreshers too and come in four colours blue (blackcurrant), pink (cherry), yellow (lemon) and orange (orange). Once putting them in the mouth you can either suck or chew them, I tend to chew them. They have a nice fruity taste to them and aren't chalky in the slightest. They start to work within ten minutes of consuming and start to sooth whatever pain you are in whether that is heartburn, indigestion or trapped wind. Make sure you read the instructions and side effects as you should only be taking half the daily intake if you are pregnant. I haven't suffered any side effects yet but you should watch out for constipation, wind or changes in your blood. The only times I have real trouble is when I have severe heartburn and then I have a drink of milk along the tablets and this helps a lot. The fact that they have calcium in them is good to but I wouldn't recommend taking them as a calcium substitute. I recommend this product as they taste nice and are convenient to carry.
Price and Availability
Tums are available in most pharmacies and supermarkets. They are priced from £2.99 onwards.
These are antacids that are used for bloatedness, indigestion and heartburn. These are calcium carbonate tablets with added flavouring to make them taste nice. They are manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline (Beecham's, Ribena, Lucozade, Sensodyne, Aquafresh, to name but a few ). Their revenue for 2008 was a whopping £24.3 million - giving you an idea of what kind of company is behind these little gems.
When the acid and alkaline ph is disturbed in the body, these tablets help you to get back to a state of normality (those of you who paid attention in science class should remember this ;-)
The taste is really nice, with different fruit flavours such as cherry, lemon which simply melt in the mouth. The sweet taste and effectiveness have been the reasons I have stuck to this solution as opposed to other antacids.
They come very well packaged, in a neat little tub. These do vary, but the one I have at my side, for those moments, contains 75 individual tablets for around £3.19. You can also get them in a convenient roll, handy when you're on the go. They are ideal for those regrettable feelings after a Friday night out of indulgence with beers and curry. They can pretty much be bought in most chemists and supermarkets - Asda to definitely state one.
The most you are advised to take in a day are 16 tablets, and they should not be used as a long term solution. They are not to be used by kids under the age of 6, people with kidney problems or people with high levels of calcium or phosphate in their blood.
Be careful not to overindulge with these, as they can have serious side effects such as constipation, hypercalcaemia (too much calcium in the blood, which can result in kidney stones).
I would certainly recommend ensuring you have these in stock, as you never know when you might need them.
Relief from indigestion and heartburn