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Can calcium reduce indigestion and heartburn?

Calcium carbonate, a common form of calcium, is an effective treatment for indigestion and heartburn. It is the active ingredient in many over-the-counter antacids, such as Tums, Tums Kids, Rolaids Extra Strength Softchews and Maalox Regular Strength Chewables.

If you take calcium-containing antacids on a regular basis, remember to consider that as you track your calcium intake so you don’t get too much. Adults should not get more than 2,500 milligrams (mg) of calcium per day on a regular basis. You should also tell your doctor about your frequent indigestion or heartburn, as this could be a sign of a more serious condition, such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

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