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Information specific to: Adcal.

About Adcal and how it works

This medicine is a calcium supplement and contains the calcium salt calcium carbonate. It helps correct low levels of calcium in the body when dietary intake is poor or the body requires higher than normal levels of calcium. It is also used in managing certain conditions such as osteoporosis and as a phosphate binder in people who have high levels of phosphates in their blood and are undergoing kidney dialysis.

This medicine is available as tablets that have to be chewed or sucked slowly before swallowing. You should take them just before, during or immediately after a meal.

You should not take this medicine to treat a condition that has not been diagnosed by a healthcare professional.

Consult your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse during treatment with this medicine.

Before using Adcal

This medicine may not be suitable for everyone and some people must never take it. Check the leaflet that comes with your medicine to make sure that the medicine is suitable before taking it.

Always get advice from a healthcare professional before taking this medicine if:

  • you are allergic or sensitive to or have had a reaction to any of the ingredients in the medicine
  • you have or have a history of kidney stones
  • you have high levels of calcium in your blood or urine. This could be caused by certain conditions such as hyperparathyroidism, sarcoidosis, vitamin D poisoning, cancer or tumours of the bones, or other types of kidney problems for which you are not having dialysis
  • your osteoporosis is caused by being immobile
  • you have fructose intolerance
  • you have glucose-galactose malabsorption
  • you have sucrase-isomaltase insufficiency
  • you are taking calcium and vitamin D supplements

Medicines interactions

If you are taking more than one medicine they may interact with each other. Before taking this medicine consult your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines including vitamins, supplements and herbal or complementary preparations.

The following medicines may interact with this medicine and you should not take them at the same time but at least four hours before you take this medicine:

  • bisphosphonates
  • sodium fluoride
  • thyroxine
  • quinolone or tetracycline antibiotics
  • thiazide diuretics
  • corticosteroids
  • cardiac glycosides such as digoxin
  • vitamin D
  • iron

Possible side effects of Adcal

Most medicines can cause some side-effects but not everyone taking the same medicine will get the same side-effects.

The following side-effects have been associated with people taking this medicine:

  • gastrointestinal disturbances such as constipation, nausea, flatulence, stomach pain or diarrhoea

Pregnancy and breast-feeding

You should seek medical advice from your doctor before taking this medicine if you are pregnant or are breast-feeding.

Other important information

Make sure that you read the leaflet that comes with your medicine to check what dose you should take and if there is anything that you need to do if you take more than the recommended dose. If you are in any doubt about whether this medicine is suitable for you, speak to your doctor or pharmacist.

You must seek medical advice from your doctor or a health nutritionist if you have a calcium rich diet, or are taking vitamin D or calcium-containing preparations. This is because high levels of calcium in the body can lead to kidney problems.

There are certain foods that may prevent the body from absorbing calcium and should not be taken at the same time as this medicine. These include foods containing oxalic acid, phosphates and phytic acid.

Keep all medicines out of the sight and reach of children.

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