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Calcium Carbonate
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

Calcium Carbonate Overview

Written by FoundHealth, sshowalter.

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U.S. Brand Names

Alcalak [OTC]; Alka-Mints® [OTC]; Cal-Gest [OTC]; Cal-Mint [OTC]; Calcarb 600 [OTC]; Calci-Chew® [OTC]; Calci-Mix® [OTC]; Caltrate® 600 [OTC]; Children's Pepto [OTC]; Chooz® [OTC]; Florical® [OTC]; Maalox® Children’s [OTC]; Maalox® Regular Chewable [OTC] [DSC]; Mylanta® Children's [OTC] [DSC]; Nephro-Calci® [OTC]; Nutralox® [OTC]; Oysco 500 [OTC]; Oyst-Cal 500 [OTC]; Rolaids® Softchews [OTC]; Titralac™ [OTC]; Tums® E-X [OTC]; Tums® Extra Strength Sugar Free [OTC]; Tums® Smoothies™ [OTC]; Tums® Ultra [OTC]; Tums® [OTC]

Canadian Brand Names

Apo-Cal®; Calcite-500; Caltrate®; Caltrate® Select; Os-Cal®

Mexican Brand Names

Calsan; Caltrate; Caltrón; Mubonet; Osteomin; Tums

Pharmacologic Category

Antacid; Antidote; Calcium Salt; Electrolyte Supplement, Oral

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to calcium or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

• If you have any of the following conditions: High calcium levels, kidney stones, or low phosphate levels.

How does it work?

• Antacids reduce stomach acid.

• Calcium is a dietary supplement that helps the body make strong bones.

• Calcium reduces absorption of phosphate through the gastrointestinal tract.

How is it best taken?

• Take this medicine 1 hour before or 2 hours after high bran or fiber meal.

• Take this medicine with food.

• Take 1 to 3 hours after meals as antacid.

• Chewable tablet: Chew or crush well. Mix crushed tablet with food. Do not swallow whole.

• A liquid (suspension) is available if you cannot swallow pills. Shake well before use.

• Those who have feeding tubes can also use the liquid. Flush the feeding tube before and after medicine is given.


• Follow diet plan and exercise program as recommended by healthcare provider.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Take a missed dose as soon as possible.

• If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.

• Do not take a double dose or extra doses.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

How should I store this medicine?

• Store at room temperature.

• Protect capsules and tablets from moisture. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2006-10-13 11:08:13.0

Modified: 2010-03-22 12:54:39.0

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