ADCAL-D3 CAPLETS 750 MG/200 I.U FILM-COATED TABLETS

Active substance: COLECALCIFEROL

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3. HOW TO TAKE ADCAL-D3 CAPLETS

Patient Leaflet: Information for the user

Adcal-D3® Caplets

Calcium carbonate (750 mg) and vitamin D3 (200 I.U.)
Film-coated tablets
In this leaflet:
1. What Adcal-D3 Caplets are and what
they are used for
2. Before you take Adcal-D3 Caplets
3. How to take Adcal-D3 Caplets
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Adcal-D3 Caplets
6. Further information

Read all of this leaflet carefully before you
start taking this medicine
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it
again.
• If you have any further questions, ask your
doctor or pharmacist.
• This medicine has been prescribed for you.
Do not pass it on to others. It may harm
them, even if their symptoms are the same
as yours.
• If any of the side effects worsen, or if
you notice any side effects not listed in this
leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.

1. WHAT ADCAL-D3 CAPLETS ARE AND WHAT THEY ARE USED FOR

Adcal-D3 Caplets contain calcium and vitamin D3 which are both essential for healthy bones and teeth.
Adcal-D3 Caplets provide extra calcium and vitamin D3 to your diet. It is therefore used in conditions
where your body’s calcium and vitamin D levels need to be increased.
Adcal-D3 Caplets can be prescribed by doctors for certain bone conditions, for example,
osteoporosis.
Studies show that taking calcium and vitamin D3 over a long time can prevent hip and other nonvertebral bone fractures in later life.

2. BEFORE YOU TAKE ADCAL-D3

Do not take Adcal-D3
• If you are allergic (hypersensitive) to calcium carbonate, vitamin D3 or any of the other ingredients in
Adcal-D3 Caplets (see Section 6 Further Information).
• If you have higher than normal levels of calcium in your blood (hypercalcaemia). Your doctor will be
able to tell you if you do.
• If you have severe kidney failure
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Take special care with Adcal-D3 Caplets
If you have osteoporosis (thinning of the bones) due to long periods of inactivity, such as long-term
bed rest.
If you have problems with your kidneys, for example kidney stones.
If you have higher than normal levels of calcium in your urine (hypercalciuria). If you are unsure
your doctor will advise you.
If you have sarcoidosis (inflammation that produces lumps of cells in various organs in the body).
Your doctor will be able to tell you if you do.
If you have previously been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars.
If you are taking any other medication, even those you may have bought for yourself without
prescription.

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Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor if you are taking calcium supplements or antacids for indigestion, digitalis drugs
(e.g. Lanoxin), diuretics or corticosteroids.
If you are taking thyroxine, bisphosphonates, iron or fluoride medicines, tetracycline or quinolone
antibiotics make sure your doctor knows this. When taking these medicines leave a period of about
4 hours before taking your Adcal-D3 Caplets. Do not take any of these listed medicines at the same
time as your Adcal-D3 Caplets.
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines
including medicines taken without a prescription.
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Pregnancy and breast-feeding
In pregnancy or when breast feeding, Adcal-D3 Caplets should only be used under medical
supervision. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine.

Always take Adcal-D3 Caplets exactly as your doctor has told you. You should check with your doctor
or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Adults, elderly and children over 12 years of age - Swallow 2 caplets twice daily, ideally two
caplets in the morning and two in the evening.
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Children under 12 - Do not give Adcal-D3 Caplets to children under 12 years.

If you take more Adcal-D3 Caplets than you should - You should only take what your doctor
recommends. If you take too many caplets contact your doctor or pharmacist if you can do so. If not,
go to the nearest hospital casualty department immediately, taking the pack and remaining tablets
with you.
If you forget to take Adcal-D3 Caplets - If you forget to take your caplets, take them as soon as
possible and then continue to take them as normal. Do not take a double dose to make up for
forgotten caplets.
If you stop taking Adcal-D3 Caplets - Always talk to your doctor or pharmacist before you stop
taking the caplets.
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If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS

! Like all medicines, Adcal-D3 Caplets can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Rare Side Effects (affecting less than 1 in 1,000 people):
• Constipation, wind, feeling sick, stomach ache, diarrhoea
• Skin rash
• Hypercalcaemia (too much calcium in your blood) or hypercalciuria (too much calcium in your urine)

If you are on long term treatment your doctor may from time to time wish to check the level of calcium
in your blood and take urine samples to monitor kidney function.
If any of the side effects worsen, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell
your doctor or pharmacist.

5. HOW TO STORE ADCAL-D3 CAPLETS






Keep out of reach and sight of children.
Do not store above 25oC. Store in the original package.
Do not use Adcal-D3 Caplets after the expiry date that is printed on the carton label has passed.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how
to dispose of medicines no longer required. These measures will help to protect the environment.

6. FURTHER INFORMATION

What Adcal-D3 Caplets contain
• The active substances are calcium carbonate (750 mg equivalent to 300 mg calcium) and
vitamin D3 (200 I.U. equivalent to 5 micrograms of colecalciferol).
• The other ingredients in the tablet core are colloidal silicon dioxide, microcrystalline cellulose,
croscarmellose sodium, magnesium stearate, modified food starch, sucrose, sodium ascorbate,
medium chain triglycerides, silicon dioxide, DL-alpha-tocopherol and pregelatinized starch.
• The orange film-coat contains hypromellose, polydextrose, acacia, talc, titanium dioxide, iron oxide
yellow and iron oxide red.

What Adcal-D3 Caplets looks like and contents of the pack
Adcal-D3 Caplets are pale orange capsule-shaped film-coated tablets (‘caplets’) provided in bottles of
112 or 224 tablets. Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
Manufacturer:
Marketing Authorisation Holder:
NextPharma
ProStrakan Limited
allphamed Pharbil Arzneimittel GmbH
Galabank Business Park
Hildebrandstrasse 12
Galashiels
D-37081 Göttingen
Scotland
Germany
TD1 1QH
Additional information
If you have been prescribed Adcal-D3 Caplets for the treatment or prevention of osteoporosis and
would like further information you should speak to your doctor or contact the National Osteoporosis
Society on 0845 450 0230. The National Osteoporosis Society is a national charity dedicated to
offering advice, information and support to all osteoporosis sufferers and those at risk of the disease.
This leaflet was last approved in 08/2011
PG2035

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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