Skip to content


    Exciting News for WebMD Members!

    We've been busy behind the scenes building new message boards for you. You'll have new and easier ways to find messages, connect with others, and share your stories.

    And, this will all be available on your smartphone or other mobile device!

    What Do You Need to Do?

    The message board you're used to will be closing in the coming weeks. While many of your boards will be making the move to our new home, your posts will not. Want to keep a discussion going? Save posts you want to continue (this includes your member profile story), so that you can re-post them in the new message boards.

    Keep an eye here and on your email inbox, we'll be back in touch soon to give you all the information you need!

    Yours in health,
    WebMD Message Boards Management

    Have you had a kidney transplant or are waiting for one? Then visit the Organ Transplant Community and the Diabetes and Kidney Community to share your experiences with other community members!

    Are you newly diagnosed? Use the WebMD search engine to read articles like Understanding Kidney Disease.
    Anon_12802 posted:
    Is there a safe antacid with Kidney Disease?
    mrscora01 responded:
    You need to talk to your nephrologist as to what is and is not safe for you to take. I took a lot of tums because of phosphorus issues so I never needed an additional antacid.

    kay0922 replied to mrscora01's response:
    If you don't mind my asking, what stage were you at when you took the tums? I talked to my Nephroligist abuot over the counter antacid, he said prilosec. When you look at the pecautions Kidney disease is one of them so i'm afraid to take it. I'm at stage 4
    mrscora01 replied to kay0922's response:
    To be honest, they hadn't adopted the "stages" yet when I was at that point. I think my creatinine was probably around 300 (about 3.5) when I needed the calcium from the tums.

    I am never 100% convinced of how much these things will actually affect a kidney. I suspect that part of the issue is that it hasn't been extensively studied yet. I always trusted my neph that a drug wouldn't hurt me (at least not too much). Sometimes it's a necessary trade off. I used to take a bit of Advil when I had my periods due to monster pain. It wasn't good for my kidney, but I couldn't function otherwise.

    bgjlah replied to kay0922's response:
    Prilosec makes my husband's urine cloudy and makes him throw up. I wouldn't take Prilosec if I were you. I really think it affects his kidneys in a big way!
    john-skpt responded:
    They used to prescribe TUMS (calcium carbonate) for me, as a phosphate binder, not as an antacid. But it has the same effect.

    However, this choice would depend on your blood tests: calciumXphosphate product, etc.

    Is the acid/reflux/heartburn a chronic thing, or does it come and go say once a week or so?

    Spotlight: Member Stories

    I'm 54, female. Right around 6 years ago I had a horrible time with kidney stones. I had lithotripsy 4 times within 18 months. I still have a lot...More

    Helpful Tips

    I have a uti and severe kidney pain, Is this common?
    I have a uti and such bad kidney pain that I can hardly move, I cant bend down and it hurts more than I can explain. the pain comes and ... More
    Was this Helpful?
    0 of 0 found this helpful

    Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

    FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.