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Information specific to: Calceos.

About Calceos 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. It is used in situations such as poor dietary intake or when the body requires higher than normal levels or to correct deficiencies in the elderly. It is also used in managing certain conditions such as osteoporosis.

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 and vitamin D also helps the intestine absorb both calcium and phosphorus which are needed for bone growth.

This medicine is available as lemon flavoured tablets that have to be chewed before swallowing. You should drink some water after chewing the tablets.

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 more than two weeks.

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

Before using Calceos

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, to soya or peanuts
  • this medicine is for a child under 12 years of age
  • you have kidney problems
  • you have high levels of calcium in your blood which could also be due to: high levels of calcium in the urine, kidney stones, calcium deposits in the kidney, vitamin D poisoning, being immobile, or you have certain conditions such as hyperparathyroidism, cancer or tumours of the bones
  • you have sarcoidosis
  • you have fructose intolerance
  • you have glucose-galactose malabsorption
  • you have sucrase-isomaltase insufficiency
  • you are taking vitamin D supplements or have high levels of vitamin D in your blood

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:

  • tetracyclines, etidronate, fluoride and iron - you should take these medicines and Calceos at least three hours apart
  • strontium - do not take Calceos immediately before and after taking the preparation strontium
  • estramustine and thyroid hormones - take these medicines at least two hours before or after taking Calceos
  • thiazide diuretics
  • cardiac glycosides such as digoxin
  • vitamin D preparations

Possible side effects of Calceos

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:

  • hypersensitivity reactions such as angioedema or swelling of the larynx
  • itching, rash and urticaria
  • 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
  • abnormally low levels of phosphates in your blood
  • nausea
  • constipation
  • flatulence
  • stomach pain
  • diarrhoea
  • teeth problems - these may happen if you take this medicine for more than two weeks

If you experience other side effects or have any other worrying symptoms while you are taking this medicine, seek medical advice.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding

This medicine is not known to cause any problems during pregnancy or while breast-feeding. However, as with all medicines, 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. These include foods containing phosphates (such as ham, sausages and cheese spread), oxalic acid (such as spinach, cocoa, tea, sorrel and rhubarb), and phytic acid (such as whole-grain cereals, pulses and chocolate). You should not take this medicine within two hours of eating foods that contain phosphates, oxalic acid or phytic acid.

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

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