What is this medicine?
CALCIUM; VITAMIN D (KAL see um; VYE ta min D) is a vitamin supplement. It is used to prevent conditions of low calcium and vitamin D.
This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Calcarb 600 with Vitamin D, Calcet Plus Vitamin D, Calcitrate + D, Calcium Citrate + D3 Maximum, Calcium Citrate Maximum with D, Caltrate, Caltrate 600+D, Citracal + D, Citracal MAXIMUM + D, Citracal Petites with Vitamin D, Citrus Calcium Plus D, OSCAL 500 + D, OSCAL Calcium + D3, OSCAL Extra D3, Osteo-Poretical, Oysco 500 + D, Oysco D, Oystercal-D Calcium
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- heart disease
- high level of calcium or vitamin D in the blood
- high level of phosphate in the blood
- kidney disease
- kidney stones
- liver disease
- parathyroid disease
- stomach ulcer or obstruction
- an unusual or allergic reaction to calcium, vitamin D, tartrazine dye, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medicine?
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the label. Take with food or within 1 hour after a meal. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this medicine may be used in children for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
What may interact with this medicine?
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
- ammonium chloride
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
- antibiotics like ciprofloxacin, gatifloxacin, tetracycline
- iron supplements
- medicines for fungal infections like ketoconazole and itraconazole
- medicines for seizures like ethotoin and phenytoin
- mineral oil
- other vitamins with calcium, vitamin D, or minerals
- thyroid medicine
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Taking this medicine is not a substitute for a well-balanced diet and exercise. Talk with your doctor or health care provider and follow a healthy lifestyle.
Do not take this medicine with high-fiber foods, large amounts of alcohol, or drinks containing caffeine. Do not take this medicine within 2 hours of any other medicines.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
- allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
- dry mouth
- high blood pressure
- increased hunger or thirst
- increased urination
- irregular heartbeat
- metallic taste
- muscle or bone pain
- pain when urinating
- unusually weak or tired
- weight loss
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
- loss of appetite
- nausea, vomiting
- stomach upset
This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Where should I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Protect from light. Keep container tightly closed. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
NOTE: This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.
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