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Calcium carbonate tablets

Pronunciation

Generic Name: calcium carbonate (KAL-see-um KAR-bo-nate)
Brand Name: Generic only. No brands available.

Calcium carbonate tablets is used for:

Treating heartburn, sour stomach, acid indigestion, and upset stomach caused by these conditions. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Calcium carbonate tablets is an antacid. It works by neutralizing acid in the stomach.

Do NOT use calcium carbonate tablets if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in calcium carbonate tablets
  • you have high blood calcium levels

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using calcium carbonate tablets:

Some medical conditions may interact with calcium carbonate tablets. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have high blood phosphate levels or high calcium levels in the urine
  • if you have appendicitis, heart problems, parathyroid problems, hardening of the arteries, kidney problems, kidney stones, stomach or bowel problems (eg, blockage of your bowel, stomach bleeding), or inflammatory problems (eg, sarcoidosis)
  • if you take digoxin or if you are dehydrated

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with calcium carbonate tablets. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines.

Ask your health care provider if calcium carbonate tablets may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use calcium carbonate tablets:

Use calcium carbonate tablets as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Take calcium carbonate tablets by mouth with or without food.
  • Many medicines (eg, used for blood clots, immune system suppression, infection, iron supplementation, low blood platelets, osteoporosis, thyroid problems) should not be taken at the same time as calcium carbonate tablets; their effectiveness may be decreased. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if your dose of calcium carbonate tablets should be separated from your dose of any of your other medicines.
  • If you miss a dose of calcium carbonate tablets, take it as soon as you remember. Continue to take it as directed by your doctor or on the package label.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use calcium carbonate tablets.

Important safety information:

  • Do not take more than the recommended dose or use for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor.
  • If your symptoms do not get better within 2 weeks or if they get worse, check with your doctor.
  • Calcium carbonate tablets should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using calcium carbonate tablets while you are pregnant. It is not known if calcium carbonate tablets is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use calcium carbonate tablets, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of calcium carbonate tablets:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Constipation.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); confusion; increased urination; loss of appetite; mental or mood changes; nausea; severe or persistent constipation or stomach pain; weakness; vomiting.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of calcium carbonate tablets:

Store calcium carbonate tablets at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep calcium carbonate tablets out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about calcium carbonate tablets, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Calcium carbonate tablets is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take calcium carbonate tablets or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about calcium carbonate tablets. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to calcium carbonate tablets. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using calcium carbonate tablets.

Issue Date: September 3, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.003
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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