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Calcium Carbonate



Calcium Carbonate is used in the treatment of nutritional defeciencies.

How it works

Calcium carbonate is a dietary supplement used when the amount of calcium taken in the diet is not enough. It acts by neutralizing acids when taken as antacid.

Common side effects

Frequent urge to urinate, Belching, Constipation, Dry mouth, Loss of appetite, Stomach pain, Stomach upset


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Expert advice

  • Do not take calcium carbonate within 1-2 hours of taking other medicines. Calcium may decrease the absorption of the other medicines.
  • Should be taken after 2 hours of eating foods rich in oxalic acid (spinach and rhubarb), phosphate (bran), or phytinic acid (whole cereals).
  • Consult a doctor if you have Higher than normal levels of calcium in your  blood Mild to moderate problems with your kidneys (Kidney stones or Kidney failure). 

Frequently asked questions

Calcium Carbonate

Q.What is supracal/shelcal 500/cipcal 500?
Shelcal, supracal, cipcal contain calcium carbonate along with vitamin D3

Q.What is it used for?
These preparations are used as a calcium supplements

Q.Is calcium carbonate/shelcal 500 chewable?
Yes, however it depends on dosage form available. If it is an oral tablet it has to be swallowed

Q.Is calcium carbonate a metal/ alkali/ base?
No, calcium carbonate is a mineral salt

Q.Does calcium carbonate cause kidney stones?
Calcium carbonate may cause kidney stones if taken at larger dose or for prolonged duration. Always consult your docctor regarding its use.

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