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Citracal + D

Generic Name: calcium and vitamin D combination (KAL see um and VYE ta min D)
Brand Name: Calcitrate with D, Citracal + D, Os-Cal Calcium+D3, Oyster Shell Calcium with Vitamin D

What is Citracal + D?

Calcium is a mineral that is found naturally in foods. Calcium is necessary for many normal functions of your body, especially bone formation and maintenance.

Vitamin D is important for the absorption of calcium from the stomach and for the functioning of calcium in the body.

Citracal + D is used to prevent or to treat a calcium deficiency.

There are many brands and forms of Citracal + D available. Not all brands are listed on this leaflet.

Citracal + D may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Important Information

Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.

Before taking this medicine

Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to take this medicine if you have ever had:

  • kidney disease;

  • kidney stones;

  • heart disease;

  • cancer;

  • high levels of calcium in your blood;

  • circulation problems; or

  • a parathyroid gland disorder.

Ask a doctor before using this product if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Your dose needs may be different during pregnancy or while you are nursing.

How should I take Citracal + D?

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.

Check the label of your Citracal + D product to see if it should be taken with or without food.

Take the calcium and vitamin D regular tablet with a full glass of water.

The chewable tablet must be chewed before you swallow it.

Do not crush, chew, or break an extended-release tablet. Swallow it whole.

Calcium and vitamin D may be only part of a complete program of treatment that also includes dietary changes. Learn about the foods that contain calcium and vitamin D.

Your supplement dose may need to be adjusted as you make changes to your diet. Follow your doctor's instructions very closely.

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?

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

What should I avoid while taking Citracal + D?

Ask a doctor or pharmacist before taking any multivitamins, mineral supplements, or antacids while you are taking Citracal + D.

Citracal + D side effects

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

Call your doctor at once if you have signs of too much calcium in your body, such as:

  • nausea, vomiting, constipation;

  • increased thirst or urination;

  • muscle weakness, bone pain; or

  • confusion, lack of energy, or feeling tired.

Common side effects may include:

  • an irregular heartbeat;

  • weakness, drowsiness, headache;

  • dry mouth, or a metallic taste in your mouth; or

  • muscle or bone pain.

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.

Side Effects (complete list)

What other drugs will affect Citracal + D?

Calcium can make it harder for your body to absorb certain medicines, and some medicines can make it harder for your body to absorb vitamin D. If you take other medications, take them at least 2 hours before or 4 to 6 hours after you take Citracal + D.

Other drugs may interact with calcium and vitamin D, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any medicine you start or stop using.

Where can I get more information?

  • Your pharmacist can provide more information about Citracal + D.
  • 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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Date modified: January 03, 2018
Last reviewed: December 13, 2017

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