If you have been taking antacids over an extended period of time, chances are you have acid reflux. While it will not hurt you to take tums every now and then, continuing to take them when the problem may be more serious is a mistake. Go see a doctor if you have had symptoms for quite some time.
Try to eat smaller meals if you suffer from acid reflux. Sitting and eating large meals can contribute to the pain associated with acid reflux. Eating smaller meals will reduce the amount of acid your stomach has to produce to digest your food. This means that your stomach will work less and you will not have as much pain.
Pop a lozenge made with slippery elm. The slippery elm bark is used to make these lozenges and it coats the digestive tract and puts a protective layer on it. Slippery elm bark can also help with your coughing. These can be purchased at many drug stores and at most health and natural food stores.