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Caltrate 600+D

Generic Name: calcium carbonate with vitamin d (KAL-see-um KAR-bo-nate with VYE-ta-min D)
Brand Name: Examples include Caltrate 600+D and Os-Cal 500+D

Caltrate 600+D is used for:

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

Caltrate 600+D is a dietary supplement. It works by providing extra calcium to the body.

Do NOT use Caltrate 600+D if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Caltrate 600+D
  • you have high blood calcium levels or high blood 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 Caltrate 600+D:

Some medical conditions may interact with Caltrate 600+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 (including shellfish)
  • if you have high blood phosphate levels or high levels of calcium in the urine
  • if you have dehydration, heart problems, hardening of the arteries, kidney problems, kidney stones, or sarcoidosis

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Caltrate 600+D. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Mycophenolate because its effectiveness may be decreased by Caltrate 600+D

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Caltrate 600+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 Caltrate 600+D:

Use Caltrate 600+D as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Take Caltrate 600+D by mouth with or without food.
  • Take Caltrate 600+D with a full glass of water (8 oz/240 mL).
  • If you also take azole antifungals (eg, ketoconazole), bisphosphonates (eg, etidronate), cation exchange resins (eg, sodium polystyrene sulfonate), cephalosporins (eg, cefdinir), doxycycline, iron, quinolones (eg, ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin), tetracyclines (eg, doxycycline), or thyroid hormones (eg, levothyroxine), ask your doctor or pharmacist how to take them with Caltrate 600+D.
  • If you miss a dose of Caltrate 600+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 Caltrate 600+D.

Important safety information:

  • Do not take large doses of vitamins while you use Caltrate 600+D unless your doctor tells you to.
  • Tell your doctor or dentist that you take Caltrate 600+D before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
  • This product may contain tartrazine dye (FD&C Yellow No. 5). This may cause an allergic reaction in some patients. If you have ever had an allergic reaction to tartrazine, ask your pharmacist if your product has tartrazine in it.
  • Lab tests, including serum calcium levels, may be performed while you use Caltrate 600+D. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Caltrate 600+D 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 Caltrate 600+D while you are pregnant. It is not known if Caltrate 600+D is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Caltrate 600+D, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Caltrate 600+D:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. No COMMON side effects have been reported with Caltrate 600+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); loss of appetite; nausea; severe or persistent constipation; vomiting.

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. Symptoms may include confusion; delirium; loss of consciousness; mood or mental changes; sluggishness.

Proper storage of Caltrate 600+D:

Store Caltrate 600+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 Caltrate 600+D out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Caltrate 600+D, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Caltrate 600+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 Caltrate 600+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 Caltrate 600+D. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Caltrate 600+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 Caltrate 600+D.

Issue Date: November 5, 2014
Database Edition 14.4.1.002
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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