Pros: Individual Packets/Pre-measured; Instant Dissolve Powder; Nice Flavor; Works quickly
Cons: Price on high side; 1g of sugar per serving
We keep TUMS in the house and car for those moments when you need heartburn relief right away. Heartburn can be painful and burn for hours on end if you do not take care of it quickly. Sometimes it doesn't matter what kind of food you eat - heartburn can occur with even bland, non-spicy or non-fat foods.
My 14 year old son had been using the TUMS Smoothies but his dad picked up some of these TUMS Quik Pak Instant Dissolve Powders in Berry Fusion Flavor on a trip to our pharmacy. They are relatively new on the market and the flavor and instant dissolve powder feature looked like it would appeal to our son. After using these this new variety my son prefers TUMS Quik Pak over the Smoothies.
TUMS Quik Pak Instant Dissolve Powder - Berry Fusion Flavor comes in a box of 24 individual packets; there are 24 doses in total with one packet equaling one dose. Each packet equals 2 regular TUMS and delivers 1000mg of the active ingredient Calcium Carbonate, which works as an antacid.
Each red TUMS Quik Pak packet is long and thin, about 4" x 3/4" and only about 1/16" thick. The packet is a secure foiled material that does not rip open easily. Both ends are crimped for good closure and there is a easily seen "tear line" with an arrow to indicate where you can most easily open the package. I have had difficulty tearing one open and my son will sometimes have to ask for help - it is so much easier to cut on the line than to try and tear on the line - I doubt these packets would ever just accidentally open in your purse or desk or wherever you keep them. They will tear but you need to be precise and on the line for a good tear across.
Once opened the powder inside reminds me of the sugary pixie stix contents. It is light and pours out quickly onto your tongue. The powder is a light reddish/pink color - and since it is Berry Fusion Flavor you would expect it to be slightly sweet and fruit flavored ~ it is lightly sweet and does taste fruity - but in a diet sort of pixie stix way. If you pour it too fast onto your tongue and breathe, you can choke on the powdery substance. My son has taken to pouring the powder into a little water, swirling it around for a colored water drink. He likes it that way and it makes it easier for him to drink rather than pour the powder on his tongue.
The package does state that you do not need water, and that the powder will instantly dissolve ~ well, both are true, but that mound of powder on your tongue will start to dissolve with just the moisture in your mouth - my son just prefers to mix with water; I have used and will pour a bit at a time so as to not make a mound on my tongue all at once.
I have always liked TUMS and have used them in their many varieties and strengths over the years. This new variety is true in it's claim to Neutralize acid on contact and in Reaching the source of your heartburn quickly. Since it basically dissolves on contact with moisture it can start working right away as soon as it travels on down to your stomach. If you can't wait for heartburn relief, this may be the product for you!
TUMS Quik Pak Instant Dissolve Powder - Berry Fusion Flavor is fast and effective against heartburn and each packet is equal to 2 regular TUMS. The packets are convenient to tuck in your purse, pocket or keep handy at your desk or locker. They will relieve not only heartburn, but acid indigestion, a sour or upset stomach. They can also be used as a source of daily calcium, with the recommendation to take 2 packets a day for these benefit.
The active ingredient is 1000mg of Calcium Carbonate; The inactive ingredients are calcium carbonate, sorbitol, dextrose, sucrose, gum acacia, adipic acid, artificial flavor, corn starch, microcrystalline cellulose, maltodextrin, red 40 lake;
A serving size is one packet with 5 calories per packet; There is less than 5mg of sodium, 1g of sugar, and 400mg of calcium in each serving.
Warnings on the box are to not take more than 7 packets in a 24 hour period and to not use the maximum dose for more than 2 weeks. Keeping out of the reach of children is always strongly recommended.
Directions are easy! Take a packet when you have symptoms of heartburn or as directed by your doctor; Tear open a packet and pour the powder onto your tongue without tilting your head back; Close your mouth and allow the powder to dissolve. That's it. If you prefer a different method you can dissolve in some water, pour the powder on some food and eat that way.
TUMS Quik Pak Instant Dissolve Powder - Berry Fusion Flavor is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, Consumer HealthCare, LP; Moon Township, PA 15108; The product is made in the USA; You can call 1-800-897-7535 or visit their website at www.tums.com
Check out this new variety of TUMS where you can find Fast Relief On The Tip Of Your Tongue!
Thanks for reading! Judy