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Calcium Supplements-Oral



Calcium supplements are used to ensure an adequate intake of calcium during important periods of bone growth such as in childhood, during pregnancy and while breast-feeding. In adults, calcium is used to prevent osteoporosis (deterioration of bone).

 
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Calcium Supplements-Oral

Uses
Calcium supplements are used to ensure an adequate intake of calcium during important periods of bone growth such as in childhood, during pregnancy and while breast-feeding. In adults, calcium is used to prevent osteoporosis (deterioration of bone).


Storage
  • Store at room temperature and keep away from moisture and sunlight.
  • Do not store in the bathroom.
  • Do not freeze the liquid forms.


Overdose
  • If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
  • Symptoms of overdose may include severe nausea and vomiting, weakness, or constipation.

How To Use
  • Take with a large glass of water during or after a meal.
  • Use as directed.
  • If you are using a chewable product, it must be chewed well before swallowing.
  • If you are using an effervescent tablet, it must be dissolved in a glass of cold water or juice before taking it.
  • Allow the tablet to stop fizzing before drinking.
  • Drink the liquid slowly.
  • Because calcium can interfere with the absorption of other drugs, do not take other medications within 2 hours of taking calcium.

Side Effects
  • Calcium is generally well tolerated.
  • High levels of calcium can cause some adverse effects.
  • Notify your doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, constipation, stomach pain, thirst, dry mouth, increased urination.
  • If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions
  • If you have any of the following health problems, consult your doctor before using Calcium: diarrhea, stomach trouble, parathyroid disease, lung disease (sarcoidosis), kidney stones.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant before using Calcium.
  • Some forms of calcium are known to be excreted into breast milk.
  • Though there have been no reports (to date) of harm to nursing infants, consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Missed Dose
  • Take the missed dose as soon as possible but not if it is almost time for the next dose.
  • If it is time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your regular schedule.
  • Do not double the dose.

Drug Interactions
  • Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription drugs you may use, especially: vitamins, tetracycline, quinolone antibiotics (e.g.
  • ciprofloxacin), gallium nitrate, cellulose sodium phosphate, etidronate, magnesium sulfate, phenytoin.
  • Do not eat large amounts of bran or whole grain cereals and breads.
  • They may reduce absorption of calcium.
  • Also, consuming alcohol, large amounts of caffeine, and tobacco smoking may affect absorption of calcium.
  • Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

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