Why is this medication prescribed?
When the calcium intake from food alone is insufficient, people take calcium carbonate as a dietary supplement. The body requires calcium to maintain healthy bones, muscles, nerves, and hearts. Heartburn, acid reflux, and upset stomach can all be treated with calcium carbonate as an antacid. It’s offered both with and without a prescription.
You should speak with your doctor or pharmacist for more details if you want to take this drug for a different purpose.
How should this medicine be used?
The oral forms of calcium carbonate include tablets, chewable tablets, capsules, and liquid. Typically, it is taken three or four times a day. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions on your prescription or package label that you do not understand, and carefully follow them. As instructed, take the calcium carbonate supplement. Never take it in larger or less amounts or more frequently than directed by your doctor. Take this medication with food or immediately after meals if you’re using it as a dietary supplement.
Chewable tablets completely before swallowing them; do not swallow them whole. After taking the normal or chewable tablets or capsules, drink a full glass of water. Before usage, some liquid calcium carbonate forms require a good shake.
If your doctor doesn’t instruct you to, you shouldn’t use calcium carbonate as an antacid for longer than two weeks.
What special precautions should I follow?
Before taking calcium carbonate,
- If you have any medicine or calcium carbonate allergies, let your doctor and pharmacist know right away.
- Inform your physician and pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription drugs you are taking, notably vitamins and tetracycline (Sumycin), digoxin (Lanoxin), etidronate (Didronel), phenytoin (Dilantin), and etidronate. If you take other medications, wait 1-2 hours before taking calcium carbonate. The other medication’s effectiveness could be hampered by calcium.
- Inform your doctor of any kidney or stomach issues you now have or have ever had.
- Inform your doctor if you are expecting, intend to get pregnant, or are nursing a baby. Call your doctor if you become pregnant while taking calcium carbonate.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
Take the missing dose of calcium carbonate right away if you take it on a regular basis. If the next dose is soon due, skip the missed one and carry on with your regular dosing plan. To make up for a missing dose, do not take a second one.
What side effects can this medication cause?
Side effects from calcium carbonate are possible. If any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away, let your doctor know right once:
- Uneasy stomach
- Abdominal pain
- Mouth ache
- More frequent urination
- Reduced appetite
- Metal flavour
What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?
Keep this medication tightly closed in the original container and out of the reach of children. Keep it away from excessive heat and moisture at room temperature (not in the bathroom).
Unused prescriptions must be disposed of carefully to prevent pets, kids, and other people from ingesting them. You should not, however, dispose of this medication in the toilet. Instead, utilising a medicine take-back programme is the easiest approach to get rid of your medication. To find out about take-back programmes in your area, speak with your pharmacist or the garbage/recycling department in your city. If you do not have access to a take-back programme, see the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medications website at http://goo.gl/c4Rm4p for additional information.
Although many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and are simple for young children to open, it is crucial to keep all medications out of sight and out of reach of children. Always lock safety caps and promptly stash medication up and away from young children where it is out of their sight and reach to prevent poisoning. http://www.upandaway.org
In case of emergency/overdose
Call the poison control hotline at 1-800-222-1222 in the event of an overdose. Moreover, information can be found online at https://www.poisonhelp.org/help. Call 911 right once if the person has collapsed, experienced a seizure, is having difficulty breathing, or cannot be roused.
What other information should I know?
Keep all scheduled meetings with your doctor if you have been prescribed this medication so that they can monitor how you are responding to calcium carbonate. No one else should take your medication.
You should keep a written record of every medication you take, including any over-the-counter (OTC) items, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements like vitamins and minerals. This list should be brought with you whenever you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital. You should always have this information with you in case of emergencies.
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