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Introduction

Expert Advice

  • This medicine should be taken by mouth with food.
  • Follow all directions mentioned on the product package or act as directed by the doctor.
  • When using chewable medicine, chew it well before swallowing
  • In case of effervescent tablet, allow tablet to fully dissolve in water before drinking it.
  • If doctor has recommended to follow a special diet, the follow all the diet properly to get most benefit of this medicine, which also helps prevent serious side effects.
  • Unless directed by the doctor, don’t use any other supplement/vitamin with this medicine.

Primary Uses

Hypocalcemia, Dyspepsia

Indications

This medicine is indicated in preventing & treating low blood levels of calcium in individuals who are unable to get enough calcium from their diet. Hence, this medication can be used to treat conditions caused by low calcium levels like osteoporosis (bone loss), osteomalacia/rickets (weak bones), hypoparathyroidism (reduced activity of parathyroid gland) & latent tetany (a muscle disease).

Side Effects

Its side effects include constipation and upset stomach. More serious but unlikely to occur side effects include nausea/vomiting, loss of appetite, unusual weight loss, mental & mood changes, bone & muscle pain, weakness, increased thirst/ urination. Very serious allergic reactions are rare. But if symptoms of an allergic reaction (rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, difficulty breathing) occurs, ask for an immediate medical help.

Warnings

Pregnancy

Its use in pregnant females needs to be under doctor consultation and recommendation.

Lactation

The medicine passes in breast milk. Lactating should consult their doctors before using this medicine.

Alcohol

Please avoid consuming alcohol when taking this medicine.

Precautions

It is to be used with special caution & with a doctor’s consult in individuals having hypercalcemia (high calcium levels), kidney disease, kidney stone, achlorhydria (having no or little stomach acid), heart disease, pancreatic disease, sarcoidosis (a lung disease), malabsorption syndrome (difficulty in absorbing nutrition from food).  Also, some formulations of calcium are sugar-free & they may contain aspartame in them. Hence, its use is to be carefully done in individuals who have phenylketonuria (PKU) or any other condition which requires them to restrict consumption of aspartame.  Consult your doctor or pharmacist for its safe use.

Contraindications

It is contraindicated in conditions such as sarcoidosis, increased activity of parathyroid gland (hyperparathyroidism), increase calcium amount in blood (hypercalcemia), dehydration, constipation, kidney stones, tumor that dissolves bone, reduced kidney function. It is also contraindicated in individuals being allergic to calcium & calcium carbonate.

FAQS

When should this medicine be used?

It is used in calcium deficiency or in conditions that cause this deficiency secondarily to the primary damage

Is it safe to use this medicine with other medicines?

Ensure to not use them all in one go, maintain some time interval between each.

What food products should be avoided when using calcium supplements?

Food involving cereals and spinach is to be refrained from.

How to ensure that the desired calcium level is achieved after using this medicine?

A calcium blood test is recommended after the treatment course is completed.

Is it safe to use more than one calcium supplement together?

Yes, it is. But this combination is usually advised for patients with severe calcium deprivation.

This medication is contraindicated in patients with iron metabolism disorder, increased iron in the blood, hemolytic anemia (decrease in red blood cells due to breakdown), stomach ulcer, and inflammation of the stomach/intestines

Disclaimer

Dawaai's intention is to make sure that it's consumers get information that is accurate, reviewed by an expert and error-free. However, the information mentioned here should not be used as a replacement for the advice of a qualified physician. The information given here is for informational purposes only, which may not cover all possible precautions, side effects, contraindications or drug interactions. Consult your doctor and discuss your queries related to any medicine or disease.

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