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Calcium

INFORMATION

Uses

Calcium is used in the treatment of nutritional defeciencies.

How it works

Calcium containing preparations (including calcium salts such as, calcium carbonate, calcium citrate, calcium lactate, calcium gluconate, and phosphate) belong to a group of medicines called calcium supplements. Calcium, stored mostly in bones and teeth, is required by the body for maintaining bones, muscles, nervous system, and healthy heart. 

Common side effects

Kidney stone, Flatulence, Abdominal bloating, Constipation, Nausea, Vomiting, Altered heart rate, Abnormal heart rhythm

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Expert advice

Do not start or continue calcium preparations (calcium salts) and consult your doctor: 
  • If you have higher than normal levels of calcium in your urine (hypercalciuria).
  • If you have kidney stones.
  • If you have mild to moderate problems with your kidneys.
  • If you have an overactive parathyroid gland (hyperparathyroidism).
  • If you have thinning or weakening of bones (osteoporosis) caused by immobility or tumors.

Frequently asked questions

Calcium

Q.Is calcium tablet/ calcium sandoz good to take?
Yes, calcium tablet/ supplement is good if you take it for approved indications, in recommended dosage. However, patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use

Q.Can I take calcium with Forteo?
Yes, you can take calcium with Forteo if it is recommended by your doctor. Forteo (teriparatide) is a man-made form of a hormone and used to treat thinning or weakening of the bone (osteoporosis). Patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use

Q.What can I take for calcium in calcium deficiency?
Adequate dietary intake and/ or calcium supplement is recommended in patients with calcium deficiency. Patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding use of any calcium supplement

Q.Can I take calcium with milk?
Milk is one of the richest sources of calcium. Yes, patient can take calcium supplement with milk

Q.Can I take calcium with iron/ does calcium inhibit iron absorption?
No, iron supplement should not be taken with calcium supplements, as they interact to form non-absorbable complexes. They, however, can be taken at interval of 1 to 2 hours between them. Please follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use when indicated together

Q.Can I take calcium with vitamin C?
There has been no study to prove interaction between Vitamin C and calcium. However, patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use

Q.Can I take calcium with coffee/ tea?
No, coffee/ tea can reduce the absorption of calcium in the body

Q.Can I take calcium with magnesium?
No, patient should avoid concomitant administration of calcium along with magnesium. There could be increase in urinary calcium excretion when calcium is given along with magnesium. Please follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use

Q.Can I take calcium with vitamin D?
Yes, calcium can be taken with vitamin D. It helps in absorption of calcium in the body

Q.Can I take calcium with metformin?
There has been no study that proved interaction between calcium and metformin. However, patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use

Q.Can I take calcium with Synthroid?
You should avoid concomitant use of calcium and Synthroid within 4 hours. However, patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use

Q.Can I take calcium with other supplements?
You should consult your doctor regarding use of other supplement along with calcium

Q.Does calcium help in weight loss/weight gain?
The results from the studies conducted do not report the role of calcium in weight loss or increase in weight. Patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use

Q.Does calcium increase height/blood pressure?
No study has been reported on role of calcium in height gain or increase or decrease in blood pressure. Patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use

Q.Does calcium tablet cause kidney stones?
Yes, calcium supplement may cause kidney stones if taken at larger dose or for prolonged duration. Always consult your doctor regarding its use

Q.Does calcium cause constipation?
Yes, use of calcium may cause constipation. Patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use.


Content on this page was last updated on 17 October, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)