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Adcal D3

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Information specific to: Adcal D3.

About Adcal D3 and how it works

This medicine is a calcium and vitamin D supplement and helps correct low levels of calcium and vitamin D in the body. This may be when dietary intake is low, when the body requires higher than normal levels as during pregnancy or to correct deficiencies in the elderly. It is also used in managing certain conditions such as osteoporosis or osteomalacia.

This medicine contains the calcium salt, calcium carbonate and vitamin D3 which is also known as colecalciferol. Calcium and vitamin D are essential for the growth of healthy bones and teeth. This medicine helps correct calcium and vitamin D deficiencies. Vitamin D also helps the intestine absorb both calcium and phosphorus which are needed for bone growth.

This medicine is available in two forms: as tablets that have to be chewed or sucked slowly before swallowing or as tablets that have to be dissolved in water before taking. If you are taking the effervescent tablets you should drink the prepared solution immediately after the tablets have completely dissolved.

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

This medicine contains sugar and can be harmful to the teeth if taken for a long period of time.

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

Before using Adcal D3

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 or to soya
  • this medicine is for a child under 12 years of age
  • you have kidney problems
  • you have or have a history of kidney stones
  • you have high levels of calcium in your urine
  • you have high levels of calcium in your blood. This could be caused by certain conditions such as hyperparathyroidism, sarcoidosis, vitamin D poisoning, or cancer or tumours of the bones
  • your osteoporosis is caused by being immobile
  • you are on a low-sugar diet or have diabetes
  • 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:

  • thyroxine, bisphosphonates, sodium fluoride, quinolones, tetracycline antibiotics or iron - take these medicines at least four hours before you take a calcium preparation
  • phenytoin
  • barbiturates
  • thiazide diuretics
  • glucocorticoids
  • cardiac glycosides such as digoxin
  • calcium and vitamin D preparations

Possible side effects of Adcal D3

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
  • abnormally high levels of calcium in your blood or urine - this may happen if you take high doses of this medicine for a long period of time
  • rashes

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.

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.

The chewable tablets are available in lemon flavour.

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

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