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calcium carbonate

calcium carbonate

Pronunciation: KAL see um KAR boe nate

Brand: Alcalak, Alka-Mints, Calci Mix (obsolete), Calci-Mix, Calcium Oyster Shell, Cal-Gest, Caltrate, Icar Prenatal Chewable Calcium, Maalox Quick Dissolve, Maalox Regular Strength, Os-Cal 500, Oysco 500, Oyster Calcium, Oyster Shell Calcium 500, Pepto Children's, Rolaids Soft Chew, Tums

Calcium Carbonate 1250 mg-ROX

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What is the most important information I should know about calcium carbonate?

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Calcium can make it harder for your body to absorb certain medicines. Tell your doctor about all medicines you use, and those you start or stop using during your treatment with calcium carbonate.

What is calcium carbonate?

Calcium is a mineral that is found naturally in foods. Calcium is necessary for many normal functions of the body, especially bone formation and maintenance. Calcium can also bind to other minerals (such as phosphate) and aid in their removal from the body.

Calcium carbonate is used to prevent and to treat calcium deficiencies.

Calcium carbonate may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking calcium carbonate?

Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to take this medicine if you have other medical conditions, especially:

  • a history of kidney stones;
  • a parathyroid gland disorder; or
  • if you are taking an antibiotic.

Do not use this medicine without a doctor's advice if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Your dose needs may be different during pregnancy or while you are nursing.

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Do not give this medicine to a child without medical advice.

How should I take calcium carbonate?

Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

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Calcium carbonate works best if you take it with food.

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Swallow the calcium carbonate tablet or capsule with a full glass of water.

The chewable tablet should be chewed before you swallow it.

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Shake the oral suspension (liquid) well just before you measure a dose. Measure liquid medicine with the dosing syringe provided, or with a special dose-measuring spoon or medicine cup. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.

Use the calcium carbonate powder as directed. Allow the powder to dissolve completely, then consume the mixture.

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Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

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Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should I avoid while taking calcium carbonate?

Follow your healthcare provider's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity.

What are the possible side effects of calcium carbonate?

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Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

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Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • little or no urinating;
  • swelling, rapid weight gain; or
  • high levels of calcium in the blood --nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, loss of appetite, constipation, increased thirst or urination, muscle pain or weakness, joint pain, confusion, and feeling tired or restless.

Common side effects may include:

  • nausea or vomiting;
  • constipation.
  • decreased appetite;
  • dry mouth or increased thirst; or
  • urinating more than usual.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs can affect calcium carbonate?

Other drugs may interact with calcium carbonate, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use now and any medicine you start or stop using.

Where can I get more information?

Your doctor or pharmacist can provide more information about calcium carbonate.


Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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Last modified on: 21 November 2014


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