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CALCICHEW-D3 FORTE STRAWBERRY AND WATERMELON 500 MG/400 IU CHEWABLE TABLETS

Active substance(s): CALCIUM CARBONATE / CHOLECALCIFEROL / COLECALCIFEROL

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Package leaflet: Information for the user
Calcichew-D3 Forte Strawberry and Watermelon 500 mg/400 IU chewable tablets
calcium/cholecalciferol (vitamin D3)

Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine because it contains
important information for you.
Always take this medicine exactly as described in this leaflet or as your doctor or pharmacist have
told you.
Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
Ask your pharmacist if you need more information or advice.
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side
effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.
What is in this leaflet
1.
What Calcichew-D3 Forte Strawberry and Watermelon is and what it is used for
2.
What you need to know before you take Calcichew-D3 Forte Strawberry and Watermelon
3.
How to take Calcichew-D3 Forte Strawberry and Watermelon
4.
Possible side effects
5.
How to store Calcichew-D3 Forte Strawberry and Watermelon
6.
Contents of the pack and other information
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What Calcichew-D3 Forte Strawberry and Watermelon is and what it is used for

Calcichew-D3 Forte Strawberry and Watermelon are chewable tablets containing calcium and vitamin
D3, which both are important substances in bone formation. Calcichew-D3 Forte Strawberry and
Watermelon is used in the prevention and treatment of calcium and vitamin D deficiency, and as a
supplement to specific treatment of osteoporosis.
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What you need to know before you take Calcichew-D3 Forte Strawberry and Watermelon

Do not take Calcichew-D3 Forte Strawberry and Watermelon:
if you are allergic to calcium, vitamin D or any of the other ingredients of this medicine (listed
in section 6)
if you have excessive amounts of calcium in the blood or in the urine
if you have severe kidney problems
if you have kidney stones
if you have excessive amounts of vitamin D in the blood
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Calcichew-D3 Forte Strawberry and Watermelon
if you are on long-term treatment, especially if you also take diuretics (used in the treatment of
high blood pressure or oedema) or cardiac glycosides (used to treat heart disorders).
if you have impaired renal function.
if you have sarcoidosis (an immune system disorder that may increase vitamin D levels in the
body).
if you have osteoporosis and at the same time are unable to move around.
if you take other products containing vitamin D. Additional doses of calcium and vitamin D
should be taken under close medical supervision.
Children
Calcichew-D3 Forte Strawberry and Watermelon chewable tablets are not intended for use in children
Other medicines and Calcichew-D3 Forte Strawberry and Watermelon
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Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other
medicines.
If you also take tetracyclines (a type of antibiotics), you should take these at least two hours before or
four to six hours after intake of Calcichew-D3 Forte Strawberry and Watermelon. Calcium carbonate
may interfere with the absorption of tetracycline preparations if taken at the same time.
Medicines containing bisphosphonates (used to treat osteoporosis) should be taken at least one hour
before intake of Calcichew-D3 Forte Strawberry and Watermelon.
Calcium can reduce the effect of levothyroxine (used to treat thyroid deficiency). For this reason,
levothyroxine should be taken at least four hours before or four hours after Calcichew-D3 Forte
Strawberry and Watermelon.
The effect of quinolone antibiotics may be reduced if taken at the same time as calcium. Take
quinolone antibiotics two hours before or six hours after taking Calcichew-D3 Forte Strawberry and
Watermelon.
Calcium salts may decrease the absorption of iron, zinc and strontium ranelate. Consequently, iron,
zinc or strontium ranelate preparations should be taken at least two hours before or after CalcichewD3 Forte Strawberry and Watermelon.
Orlistat (used to treat obesity) may disturb the absorption, and thereby reduce the effect, of fat-soluble
vitamins, e.g. vitamin D3.
Other medicines that may influence or be influenced by Calcichew-D3 Forte Strawberry and
Watermelon are:
tiazide diuretics (used in treatment of high blood pressure or oedema)
cardiac glycosides (used to treat heart disorders)
If you are taking any of the above-mentioned medicines, your doctor will give you further
instructions.
Calcichew-D3 Forte Strawberry and Watermelon with food and drink
Calcichew-D3 Forte Strawberry and Watermelon can be taken with our without food and drink.
Pregnancy, breast-feeding and fertility
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask
your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.
During pregnancy the daily intake should not exceed 1500 mg calcium and 4000 IU vitamin D, as
overdoses may have adverse effects on the unborn child. If you are pregnant, you may use CalcichewD3 Forte Strawberry and Watermelon in case of a calcium and vitamin D deficiency.
Calcichew- D3 Forte Strawberry and Watermelon can be used during breast-feeding. Calcium and
vitamin D3 pass into breast milk. This should be considered when giving additional vitamin D to your
child.
Driving and using machines
No studies on the effects on the ability to drive and use machines have been performed. An effect is
however unlikely.
Calcichew-D3 Forte Strawberry and Watermelon contains aspartame, sorbitol and sucrose
Calcichew-D3 Forte Strawberry and Watermelon contains aspartame (E951), a source of
phenylalanine. May be harmful for people with phenylketonuria. Calcichew- D3 Forte Strawberry and

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Watermelon contains sorbitol (E420) and sucrose. If you have been told by your doctor that you have
an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking this medicinal product.
3.

How to take Calcichew-D3 Forte Strawberry and Watermelon

Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist
if you are not sure.
Dosage:
The recommended dose is one tablet twice daily. The tablets can be chewed or sucked.
Use in children
Calcichew-D3 Forte Strawberry and Watermelon chewable tablets are not intended for use in children
If you take more Calcichew-D3 Forte Strawberry and Watermelon than you should
If you may have taken more Calcichew-D3 Forte Strawberry and Watermelon than you should, talk to
your doctor or pharmacist immediately.
If you forget to take Calcichew-D3 Forte Strawberry and Watermelon
Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten tablet.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
4.

Possible side effects

Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Hypersensitivity reactions have occurred with unknown frequency (cannot be estimated from the
available data). If you experience the following symptoms, you should immediately contact a doctor.
Swelling of the face, tongue, lips (angioedema) or swelling of the throat (laryngeal oedema).
Uncommon side effects (may affect up to 1 in 100 people)
Excessive amounts of calcium in the blood (hypercalcaemia) or in the urine (hypercalciuria) may
occur with large doses.
Rare side effects (may affect up to 1 in 1000 people)
Constipation, dyspepsia, flatulence, nausea, gastric pain, diarrhoea.
Very rare side effects (may affect up to 1 in 10 000 people)
Itching, rash and hives. Milk-alkali syndrome (also called Burnett’s syndrome and usually only seen
when excessive amounts of calcium have been ingested), symptoms are frequent urge to urinate,
headache, loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, unusual tiredness or weakness, along with elevated
levels of calcium in the blood and kidney impairment.
If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please
tell your doctor or pharmacist.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor. This includes any possible side effects not listed in
this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at:
www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on
the safety of this medicine.
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How to store Calcichew-D3 Forte Strawberry and Watermelon

Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
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Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the label. The expiry date refers to
the last day of that month.
Do not store above 30°C. Store in the original container in order to protect from light. Keep the
container tightly closed in order to protect from moisture.
Shelf life after first opening of the tablet container is 60 days.
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to
throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.
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Contents of the pack and other information

What Calcichew-D3 Forte Strawberry and Watermelon contains
The active substances in one tablet are:
Calcium carbonate 1250 mg (equivalent to 500 mg calcium)
Cholecalciferol (vitamin D3) 400 IU (10 microgram)
The other ingredient are: sorbitol (E420), povidone, flavouring (strawberry-watermelon), maize
maltodextrin, glyceryl triacetate (E1518), mono and diacetyl tartaric acid esters of mono-and
deglycerides of fatty acids, magnesium stearate, aspartame (E951), all-rac-alpha-tocopherol, sucrose,
modified maize starch, medium-chain triglycerides, sodium ascorbate, colloidal anhydrous silica.
What Calcichew-D3 Forte Strawberry and Watermelon looks like and contents of the pack
Calcichew-D3 Forte Strawberry and Watermelon are white, round chewable tablets of 16 mm. May
have small specks.
Pack sizes:
Tablet container with HDPE screw cap: 20, 30, 50, 60, 90, 100, 120, 168 and 180 tablets.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
Marketing Authorisation holder:
Takeda UK Ltd.
Building 3
Glory Park
Glory Park Avenue
Wooburn Green
High Wycombe
HP10 0DF
Manufacturers:
Takeda Nycomed AS
Drammensveien 852
P.O.Box 205
NO-1372 Asker
Norway
or
Takeda Pharma AS
55B Jaama Street,
63308 Polva
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Estonia
This medicinal product is authorised in the Member States of the EEA under the following
names:
Belgium:
Czech Republic:
Finland:
Luxembourg:
Netherlands:
Spain:
Sweden:
Slovakia:
United Kingdom:

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This leaflet was last revised in 04/2015.

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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