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Citracal

Generic Name: calcium citrate (KAL see um SIT rayt)
Brand Name: Citracal

The Citracal Kosher brand name has been discontinued in the U.S. If generic versions of this product have been approved by the FDA, there may be generic equivalents available.

What is Citracal?

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. Calcium can also bind to other minerals (such as phosphate) and aid in their removal from the body.

Citracal is used to prevent and to treat calcium deficiencies.

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

Important Information

Do not take Citracal or antacids that contain calcium without first asking your doctor if you also take other medicines. Calcium can make it harder for your body to absorb certain medicines.

Citracal works best if you take it with food.

Before taking this medicine

Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you have:

  • a history of kidney stones; or

  • a parathyroid gland disorder.

If you have any of these conditions, you may not be able to take Citracal, or you may need a dose adjustment or special tests during treatment.

Talk to your doctor before taking Citracal if you are pregnant.

Talk to your doctor before taking Citracal if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I take Citracal?

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.

Citracal works best if you take it with food.

Take Citracal with a full glass of water.

Allow the effervescent tablets to dissolve completely in the amount of water directed on the package. Drink the full amount of the mixture once it has dissolved.

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.

Overdose symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, decreased appetite, constipation, confusion, delirium, stupor, and coma.

What should I avoid while taking Citracal?

Follow your healthcare provider's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity.

Citracal side effects

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

Less serious side effects may include:

  • nausea or vomiting;

  • decreased appetite;

  • constipation;

  • dry mouth or increased thirst; or

  • increased urination.

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.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

What other drugs will affect Citracal?

Citracal can make it harder for your body to absorb other medications you take by mouth. Tell your doctor if you are taking:

  • digoxin (Lanoxin, Lanoxicaps);

  • antacids or other calcium supplements;

  • calcitriol (Rocaltrol) or vitamin D supplements; or

  • doxycycline (Adoxa, Doryx, Oracea, Vibramycin), minocycline (Dynacin, Minocin, Solodyn, Vectrin), or tetracycline (Brodspec, Panmycin, Sumycin, Tetracap).

This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with Citracal. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

Further information

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.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

Date modified: December 03, 2017
Last reviewed: December 15, 2010

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