View Full Version : TUMS--interaction with calcium channel blocker??

02-29-2004, 02:11 AM
this may be a dumb question.....but I awoke with a stomach ache and was going to take a TUMS and it said on the bottle to check with your doctor about drug interactions. Since it is calcium, I didnt know if it would have any kind of interaction with verapamil

Burton Borrok
02-29-2004, 02:50 AM
Hi Cynthia,
You’re not dumb at all. In fact questioning the interaction was a very smart move. Here’s what I found.
Please note: only generic drug names are displayed.

verapamil and calcium carbonate (moderate Drug-Drug)

Calcium-containing products may decrease the effectiveness of calcium channel blockers by saturating calcium channels with calcium. Calcium chloride has been used to manage acute severe verapamil toxicity.

Management consists of monitoring the effectiveness of calcium channel blocker therapy during coadministration with calcium products.

Hope this is of help to you.
By the way, I found that carbonated soda often helps an upset stomach. I use club soda myself as I don’t need the sugar. Actually, if you go back far enough, carbonated water was originally used to control indigestion. Then one day a druggist added coke syrup (a narcotic derived from the cola bean) to ease stomach contractions, and Coca-Cola was born. The soda has gone through many changes through the years, but that’s where it started.

02-29-2004, 06:50 AM
thanks, again, Burt for your response! That's exactly what I took -- gingerale....I don't think it's the medication making my stomach ache. I've had this before...it's like a "gripping" which comes and goes. Hopefully I can catch some z's this afternoon...didn't get much sleep last night