CALCIUM CARBONATE (KAL see um KAR bon ate) is a calcium salt. It is used as an antacid to relieve the symptoms of indigestion and heartburn. It is also used to prevent osteoporosis, as a calcium supplement, and to treat high phosphate levels in patients with kidney disease.
This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
high blood calcium levels
stomach bleeding, obstruction, or ulcer
an unusual or allergic reaction to calcium carbonate, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
Take this medicine by mouth. Chew it completely before swallowing. Follow the directions on the label. Drink a glass of water after taking this medicine. Antacids are usually taken after meals and at bedtime, or as directed by your doctor or health care professional. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this medicine may be used in children for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
antibiotics like ciprofloxacin, tetracycline
medicines for fungal infections like ketoconazole and itraconazole
medicines for seizures like ethotoin and phenytoin
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.
Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse. Do not treat yourself for stomach problems with this medicine for more than 2 weeks. See a doctor if you have black tarry stools, rectal bleeding, or if you feel unusually tired. Do not change to another antacid product without advice.
If you are taking other medicines, leave an interval of at least 2 hours before or after taking this medicine.
To help reduce constipation, drink several glasses of water a day.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
confusion or irritability
loss of appetite
unusually weak or tired
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
stomach bleeding, obstruction or ulcer
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the label. Antacids are usually taken after meals and at bedtime, or as directed by your doctor or health care professional. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
Take this medicine by mouth. Follow the directions on the label. Shake well before using. Use a specially marked spoon or container to measure each dose. Ask your pharmacist if you do not have one. Household spoons are not accurate. Antacids are usually taken after meals and at bedtime, or as directed by your doctor or health care professional. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
CALCIUM SALTS (KAL see um sawlts) are a calcium supplement. It is used to prevent and to treat low calcium levels.
heart rhythm problems
high blood calcium, phosphate, or vitamin D levels
kidney disease or stones
an unusual or allergic reaction to calcium, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the package or prescription label. Take with food. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
other calcium products
some antibiotics like ciprofloxacin, doxycycline, gatifloxacin, tetracycline
strontium 89 chloride
Follow a healthy diet. Taking a vitamin supplement does not replace the need for a balanced diet. Some foods that have calcium naturally are milk, cheese, yogurt, sardines, salmon, shrimp, and tofu (bean curd).
Do not take calcium within 2 hours of any other medication taken by mouth.
Do not use bonemeal or dolomite as a source of calcium, they can contain dangerous levels of lead.
stomach gas, upset