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CALCIUM ACETATE (KAL see um ASa tate) is a calcium salt. It works to bind phosphate in the digestive tract. This medicine is used to treat high levels of phosphate in patients with chronic renal failure.
This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
high level of calcium in the blood
history of kidney stones
an unusual or allergic reaction to calcium, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take with meals. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
any calcium containing product including certain antacids and vitamin supplements
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
strontium 89 chloride
tetracycline and quinolone antibiotics
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular check ups. You will need to have important blood work done while you are taking this medicine.
You may need to be on a special diet while taking this medicine. Ask your doctor. Also, ask how many glasses of fluid you need to drink a day.
Do not take this medicine within 2 hours of any other medication taken by mouth.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
blood in the urine
pain in the lower back or side
pain when urinating
symptoms of high calcium levels: thirst, severe or continued nausea or vomiting, constipation, abdominal pain, muscle weakness, fatigue, confusion, or difficulty in concentration
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (Report these to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome.):
This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
CALCIUM SALTS (KAL see um sawlts) are a calcium supplement. It is used to prevent and to treat low calcium levels.
heart rhythm problems
high blood calcium, phosphate, or vitamin D levels
kidney disease or stones
stomach bleeding, obstruction or ulcer
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the package or prescription label. Take with food. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
other calcium products
some antibiotics like ciprofloxacin, doxycycline, gatifloxacin, tetracycline
Follow a healthy diet. Taking a vitamin supplement does not replace the need for a balanced diet. Some foods that have calcium naturally are milk, cheese, yogurt, sardines, salmon, shrimp, and tofu (bean curd).
Do not take calcium within 2 hours of any other medication taken by mouth.
Do not use bonemeal or dolomite as a source of calcium, they can contain dangerous levels of lead.
confusion or irritability
loss of appetite
unusually weak or tired
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
stomach gas, upset
Take this medicine by mouth. Follow the directions on the package or prescription label. Use a specially marked spoon or container to measure each dose. Ask your pharmacist if you do not have one. Household spoons are not accurate. Take with food. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.