Health Tip: Go Easy With Antacids

Too many could be harmful

(HealthDayNews) -- Swallowing a few antacids after a spicy meal can do no harm, but don't make this a habit, advises the University of Southern California. Taking too many antacids can lead to health problems.

Antacids contain calcium, magnesium or aluminum and large doses of each of these can have dangerous side effects. High quantities of calcium can cause kidney stones, too much magnesium can cause diarrhea, and large doses of aluminum can lead to osteomalacia -- a disease in which the bones become brittle and painful.

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