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If you are using the liquid form of this medication, carefully measure the dose using a special measuring device/spoon. Do not use a household spoon because you may not get the correct dose.
This combination medication is used to prevent or treat low blood calcium levels in people who do not get enough calcium from their diets. It may also be used in certain patients to make sure they are getting enough calcium (e.g., women who are pregnant, nursing, or postmenopausal, people taking certain medications such as phenytoin, phenobarbital, or prednisone ). It may be used to treat conditions caused by low calcium levels such as bone loss ( osteoporosis ), weak bones (osteomalacia/ rickets ), decreased activity of the parathyroid gland ( hypoparathyroidism ), and a certain muscle disease (latent tetany).
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Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time(s) each day.
Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: high calcium/vitamin D levels (hypercalcemia/hypervitaminosis D), difficulty absorbing nutrition from food ( malabsorption syndrome ). This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions.
This medication may interfere with certain laboratory tests (including cholesterol tests), possibly causing false test results. Make sure laboratory personnel and all your doctors know you use this drug.
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If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember.
Chewable tablets may contain sugar or aspartame. Caution is advised if you have diabetes, phenylketonuria (PKU), or any other condition that requires you to limit/avoid these substances in your diet. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about using this product safely.
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You can decrease the risk of bone disease by being physically active, not smoking, and avoiding the use of alcohol/caffeine.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching /swelling (especially of the face/ tongue /throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
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If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist. This is not a complete list of possible side effects.
If your product contains calcium citrate, then it may be taken with or without food. For best absorption, if your total daily dose is more than 600 milligrams, then divide your dose and space it throughout the day. If you are uncertain about any of the information, consult your doctor or pharmacist. Take this medication by mouth with food. Follow all directions on the product package, or take as directed by your doctor.
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Vitamin D is very similar to calcitriol. Do not use medications containing calcitriol while using vitamin D.
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Also, do not split the tablets unless they have a score line and your doctor or pharmacist ls you to do so. Swallow the whole or split tablet without crushing or chewing. Doing so can release all of the drug at once, increasing the risk of side effects. Do not crush or chew extended-release tablets.
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Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your product.
Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects. If your doctor has directed you to use this medication, remember that he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects.
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If your doctor has directed you to take this medication, laboratory and/or medical tests (e.g., calcium levels) should be performed periodically to monitor your progress or check for side effects. Keep all regular medical and laboratory appointments. Consult your doctor for more details.
Check the labels on all your prescription and nonprescription/herbal products (e.g., antacids, laxatives, vitamins) because they may contain calcium, phosphate, or vitamin D. Ask your pharmacist about using those products safely.
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Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. During pregnancy, doses of vitamin D greater than the recommended dietary allowance should be used only when clearly needed. l your doctor if you are pregnant before using this medication.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist about how long you should wait between doses and for help finding a dosing schedule that will work with all your medications. Therefore, separate your doses of these medications as far as possible from your doses of calcium/vitamin D. Calcium can decrease the absorption of other drugs such as tetracycline antibiotics (e.g., doxycycline, minocycline ), bisphosphonates (e.g., alendronate ), estramustine, levothyroxine, and quinolone antibiotics (e.g., ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin). Also, certain medications can decrease the absorption of vitamin D (bile acid sequestrants such as cholestyramine/colestipol, mineral oil, orlistat).
Vitamin D is also made by the body as a result of exposure to the sun. Foods rich in vitamin D include: fortified dairy products, eggs, sardines, cod liver oil, chicken livers, and fatty fish.
Do not take other supplements /vitamins unless ordered by your doctor. If your doctor has recommended that you follow a special diet, it is very important to follow the diet to get the most benefit from this medication and to prevent serious side effects.
If any of these effects persist or worsen, l your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Constipation or stomach upset may occur.
Talk to your pharmacist for more details. Before taking this medication, l your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other vitamin D products (such as calcitriol); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems.
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Foods rich in calcium include: dairy products (e.g., milk, yogurt, cheese, ice cream), dark-green leafy vegetables (e.g., broccoli, spinach, bok choy), and calcium-fortified foods (e.g., orange juice).
Some products that may interact with this drug include: digoxin, phosphate binders, thiazide diuretics (e.g., hydrochlorothiazide ).
Before using this medication, l your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: heart /blood vessel disease, kidney stones, kidney disease, certain immune system disorder ( sarcoidosis ), liver disease, certain bowel diseases ( Crohn's disease, Whipple's disease), little or no stomach acid (achlorhydria), low levels of bile, untreated phosphate imbalance.
Calcium plays a very important role in the body. Having the right amounts of vitamin D, calcium, and phosphorus is important for building and keeping strong bones. It is necessary for normal functioning of nerves, cells, muscle, and bone. Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium and phosphorus. If there is not enough calcium in the blood, then the body will take calcium from bones, thereby weakening bones.
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Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist.
Consult your doctor before breast -feeding. This medication passes into breast milk.
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