A person taking a bottle of Tums off the shelf in a store
Health - Wellness
When You Eat Too Many Tums, This Is What Happens
Calcium Supplement
Each Tums pill has 200-400 milligrams of calcium, which can help get you to the recommended daily allowance of 1,000 milligrams for adults.
Ingesting too much can increase calcium blood levels beyond optimal, and the risk is higher when sourced from calcium carbonate as it can make the levels rise faster.
Motility Issues
Too many Tums may cause constipation due to the presence of excess calcium. Alternatively, in some people, it can cause diarrhea.
Nausea and Vomiting
Elevated calcium blood levels from eating too many Tums can cause a condition called ‘hypercalcemia.” Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, and digestion issues.
Additionally, severe hypercalcemia may cause confusion and other neurological symptoms. Research has even suggested a link to a higher risk of developing dementia.
Heart Problems
When you start popping Tums daily, it may lead to calcium deposits in the arteries, which affects circulation and can cause heart attacks.