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Calcium Supplement
(oral) (tablet, Tablet, Chewable, Liquid, Wafer)


Supplies your body with calcium if you need more than you get in your diet. Also helps prevent osteoporosis (weak or brittle bones). This medicine is a mineral that your body needs to work properly.

ALTERNATE NAMES

Tums, Caltrate 600, Tums E-X, Rolaids, Actonel with Calcium, Calcio Del Mar, OS-Cal 500, Family Pharmacy Oyster Shell Calcium, Ostrarid, Oyster Shell Calcium, Family Pharmacy Calcium 500, Oyst-Cal 500, Nephro-Calci, Calcarb 600, Rolaids Softchews


 
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Calcium Supplement
Tums, Caltrate 600, Tums E-X, Rolaids, Actonel with Calcium, Calcio Del Mar, OS-Cal 500, Family Pharmacy Oyster Shell Calcium, Ostrarid, Oyster Shell Calcium, Family Pharmacy Calcium 500, Oyst-Cal 500, Nephro-Calci, Calcarb 600, Rolaids Softchews
Uses
Supplies your body with calcium if you need more than you get in your diet. Also helps prevent osteoporosis (weak or brittle bones). This medicine is a mineral that your body needs to work properly.

Storage
  • Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
  • Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed. Keep all medicine away from children and never share your medicine with anyone.


How To Use
  • APPEARANCE: Tablet, Chewable Tablet, Liquid, Wafer, Liquid Filled Capsule, Capsule. Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often.
  • Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to. If you are using this medicine without a prescription, follow the instructions on the medicine label.
  • Ask your pharmacist or health caregiver if you are not sure how much calcium you should take in one day.
  • Most calcium supplements should be taken with food.
  • Drink a full glass of water (8 ounces) with each dose, unless you are on kidney dialysis.
  • If you are using this medicine as a phosphate binder for kidney dialysis, do not drink extra water with each dose.
  • Carefully follow your doctor's instructions about any special diet. If you need to take more than one dose each a day, take each dose at evenly spaced times, unless your doctor has told you otherwise.
  • Do not crush, break, or chew the tablet or capsule unless the label says it is chewable.
  • Swallow the regular tablet or capsule whole.
  • If you are using the chewable tablet or wafer, chew it completely before you swallow.
  • Measure the oral liquid medicine with a marked measuring spoon, oral syringe, or medicine cup.
  • You might need to shake the medicine just before using it.

Side Effects
  • Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects: Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing. Headache that will not go away, dry mouth, loss of appetite, severe constipation.

Precautions
  • You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to calcium.

Missed Dose
  • If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, use it as soon as you can.
  • If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose.
  • Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.

Drug Interactions
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breast feeding, or if you are allergic to shellfish.
  • Tell your doctor if you have kidney disease or have ever had kidney stones.
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you have had problems with too much calcium (hypercalcemia) or too little calcium in your blood (hypocalcemia).
  • Some health problems that can cause hypercalcemia are sarcoidosis or problems with your parathyroid gland. You should not use certain brands of this medicine if you have kidney disease or are on dialysis.
  • Some brands contain ingredients that could be harmful if your kidneys are not working properly.
  • Always ask your health caregiver what specific brands of this medicine will work best for you. Some health problems can affect how much calcium you should take.
  • Tell your doctor if you have stomach or digestion problems, such as on-going diarrhea, not absorbing nutrients properly, or not having enough acid in your stomach.
  • If you are using a large amount of calcium or using it for a long time, your doctor might need to check your blood on a regular basis.
  • Be sure to keep all appointments.

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