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Calcium carbonate

Generic Name: calcium carbonate (KAL see um KAR boe nate)
Brand Name: Calci-Chew, Oysco 500, ...show all 62 brand names.
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Drug Information:
Calcium is a mineral that is found naturally in foods. Calcium is necessary for many normal functions of the body, especially bone formation and maintenance. Calcium carbonate is used to prevent or to treat a Calcium deficiency. There are many brands and forms of Calcium carbonate available. Not all brands are listed on this leaflet. Calcium carbonate may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide. Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare prOviders about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use. Learn more

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Calcium carbonate Side Effects

For the Consumer

Applies to calcium carbonate: oral tablet

Other dosage forms:

  • oral suspension, oral tablet, oral tablet chewable

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Signs of high calcium levels like weakness, confusion, feeling tired, headache, upset stomach and throwing up, constipation, or bone pain.
  • Mood changes.

What are some other side effects of this drug?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • Constipation.
  • Upset stomach or throwing up.
  • Stomach pain.
  • Not hungry.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to calcium carbonate: compounding powder, oral capsule, oral gum, oral powder, oral suspension, oral tablet, oral tablet chewable

Metabolic

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Hypercalcemia

Very rare (less than 0.01%): Loss of appetite, milk-alkali syndrome

Frequency not reported: Alkalosis

Genitourinary

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Hypercalciuria

Very rare (less than 0.01%): Urinary frequency

Gastrointestinal

Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Nausea, diarrhea, constipation, flatulence, eructation, dyspepsia, gastric pain, abdominal pain/discomfort

Very rare (less than 0.01%): Vomiting

Dermatologic

Very rare (less than 0.01%): Pruritus, rash, urticaria

Renal

Very rare (less than 0.01%): Renal impairment

Nervous system

Very rare (less than 0.01%): Continuous headache

Hypersensitivity

Frequency not reported: Allergic reactions, hypersensitivity, anaphylactic reaction, angioedema

Other

Frequency not reported: Unusual tiredness or weakness

Respiratory

Frequency not reported: Asthma

Musculoskeletal

Frequency not reported: Muscular weakness

Editorial References and Review

Medically reviewed by USARx EDITORIAL TEAM Last updated on 1/1/2020.

Source: Drugs.com Calcium Carbonate (www.drugs.com/mtm/calcium-carbonate.html).