Drug Name: DICALCIUM PHOSPHATE
DICALCIUM PHOSPHATE DESCRIPTION:
CALCIUM SUPPLEMENTS - ORAL
COMMON DICALCIUM PHOSPHATE BRAND NAME(S):
Caltrex, Citracal, Os-Cal, Oyster Shell, Posture
DICALCIUM PHOSPHATE SIDE EFFECTS:
Calcium is generally well tolerated. High levels of calcium can cause some adverse effects. Notify your doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, constipation, stomach pain, thirst, dry mouth, increased urination. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
HOW TO USE DICALCIUM PHOSPHATE:
DICALCIUM PHOSPHATE: Take with a large glass of water during or after a meal. Chewable tablets must be chewed well before swallowing. Effervescent tablets must be diluted in a glass of cold water or juice before taking. Allow the tablet to stop fizzing before drinking. Drink slowly. Because calcium can interfere with the absorption of other drugs, do not take other medications within 2 hours of taking calcium.
DICALCIUM PHOSPHATE USES:
Calcium supplements are used to ensure an adequate intake of calcium during important periods of bone growth such as in childhood, during pregnancy and while breast-feeding. In adults, calcium is used to prevent osteoporosis (deterioration of bone).
DICALCIUM PHOSPHATE PRECAUTIONS:
If you have any of the following health problems, consult your doctor before using DICALCIUM PHOSPHATE: diarrhea, stomach trouble, parathyroid disease, lung disease (sarcoidosis), kidney stones. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant before using this medication. Some forms of calcium are known to be excreted into breast milk. Though there have been no reports (to date) of harm to nursing infants, consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
DICALCIUM PHOSPHATE DRUG INTERACTIONS:
Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription drugs you may use, especially: vitamins, tetracycline, quinolone antibiotics (e.g. ciprofloxacin), gallium nitrate, cellulose sodium phosphate, etidronate, magnesium sulfate, calcium channel blockers (e.g., diltiazem, verapamil), phenytoin. Do not eat large amounts of bran or whole grain cereals and breads. They may reduce absorption of calcium. Also, consuming alcohol, large amounts of caffeine, and tobacco smoking may affect absorption of calcium. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.
DICALCIUM PHOSPHATE OVERDOSE:
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include severe nausea and vomiting, weakness, or constipation.
DICALCIUM PHOSPHATE NOTES:
Foods rich in calcium include: dairy products and leafy green vegetables such as broccoli, kale, and collards. Look for foods fortified with calcium such as orange juice and flour. There is no difference between calcium products derived from natural or synthetic sources.
MISSED DICALCIUM PHOSPHATE DOSE:
Take the missed dose as soon as possible but not if it is almost time for the next dose. If it is time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.
DICALCIUM PHOSPHATE STORAGE:
Store at room temperature and keep away from moisture and sunlight. Do not store in the bathroom. Do not freeze the liquid forms.