Calcium carbonate/ vitamin d

Generic Name: calcium carbonate/vitamin d (KAL-see-um KAR-bo-nate/VYE-ta-min D)
Brand Name: Caltrate 600+D Plus

Calcium carbonate/ vitamin d is used for:

Treating or preventing calcium deficiency. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Calcium carbonate/vitamin d is a dietary supplement. It works by providing extra calcium, vitamin D, and minerals to your body.

Do NOT use calcium carbonate/ vitamin d if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in calcium carbonate/vitamin d
  • you have high blood calcium or vitamin D 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/ vitamin d:

Some medical conditions may interact with calcium carbonate/vitamin d. 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
  • 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/vitamin d. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Azole antifungals (eg, ketoconazole), bisphosphonates (eg, alendronate), certain cephalosporins (eg, cefpodoxime), iron, mycophenolate, quinolones (eg, ciprofloxacin), sodium polystyrene sulfonate, tetracyclines (eg, doxycycline), or thyroid hormones because their effectiveness may be decreased by calcium carbonate/vitamin d

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if calcium carbonate/vitamin d 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/ vitamin d:

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

  • Take calcium carbonate/vitamin d by mouth with or without food.
  • Chew calcium carbonate/vitamin d well before you swallow it.
  • Take calcium carbonate/vitamin d with a full glass of water (8 oz/240 mL).
  • If you take an azole antifungal (eg, ketoconazole), a bisphosphonate (eg, alendronate), certain cephalosporins (eg, cefpodoxime), iron, mycophenolate, a quinolone antibiotic (eg, ciprofloxacin), a cation exchange resin (eg, sodium polystyrene sulfonate), a tetracycline antibiotic (eg, doxycycline), or a thyroid hormone, ask your doctor or pharmacist how to take them with calcium carbonate/vitamin d.
  • If you miss a dose of calcium carbonate/vitamin d, 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/vitamin d.

Important safety information:

  • Do not take large doses of vitamins while you use calcium carbonate/vitamin d unless your doctor tells you to.
  • Calcium carbonate/vitamin d has calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D in it. Before you start any new medicine, check the label to see if it has calcium, magnesium, or vitamin D in it too. If it does or if you are not sure, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Different brands of calcium carbonate/vitamin d may have different dosing instructions for CHILDREN. Follow the dosing instructions on the package labeling. If your doctor has given you instructions, follow those. If you are unsure of the dose to give a child, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using calcium carbonate/vitamin d while you are pregnant. It is not known if calcium carbonate/vitamin d is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use calcium carbonate/vitamin d, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of calcium carbonate/ vitamin d:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. No COMMON side effects have been reported with calcium carbonate/vitamin d. 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).

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

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/vitamin d:

Store calcium carbonate/vitamin d 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/vitamin d out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about calcium carbonate/vitamin d, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Calcium carbonate/vitamin d 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/vitamin d 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/vitamin d. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to calcium carbonate/vitamin d. 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/vitamin d.

Issue Date: July 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.001
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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