Calcium- Side Effects, Precautions and Contraindications
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Calcium - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Calcium cause?

  • Stomach upset, flatulence or bloating
    • You may reduce the stomach discomfort by taking medication with or after food
  • Constipation
    • Drink more water (unless you have water intake restriction or advised otherwise by your healthcare professional) and eat more high- fibre foods such as vegetables, fruits and whole grains

Speak to your doctor if the side effects do not go away.

The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following:

  • Swollen face/eyes/lips/tongue
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Itchy skin rashes over your whole body

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should stop your medication and see your healthcare professional immediately.

Before taking Calcium , what precautions must I follow?

​Before starting on this medication, inform your healthcare professional if you:

  • Are allergic to this medication, or any of the other ingredients in this medication
  • Have a medical condition called Hypercalcemia where there is high calcium levels in the body
  • Have a medical condition called Hypercalciuria where there is excessive urinary clearance of calcium
  • Are experiencing chronic constipation
  • Are taking any other medications, including supplements, traditional medications and herbal remedies

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Calcium ?

Space calcium supplements 2 hours apart from medications such as iron supplements, Levothyroxine and certain antibiotics (e.g. Quinolones - Ciprofloxacin, Tetracyclines). You may check with your healthcare professional for more information.

Calcium - Additional Information

  • Tags: Calcium, Calcium Carbonate
  • Updated on 12/31/2019 12:00:00 AM
  • Article contributed by PSS National Medication Information Workgroup PSS National Medication Information Workgroup
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