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calcium lactate

Pronunciation: KAL see um LAK tate

Brand: Ridactate

What is the most important information I should know about calcium lactate?

What is the most important information I should know about calcium lactate?

Follow all directions on the label and package. Use exactly as directed.

What is calcium lactate?

What is calcium lactate?

Calcium lactate is a mineral that is used to treat or prevent low blood calcium levels (hypocalcemia) in people who do not get enough calcium from food.

Calcium lactate is also used in the treatment of conditions such as osteoporosis, disorders of the parathyroid gland, or certain muscle problems.

Calcium lactate may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking calcium lactate?

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking calcium lactate?

Ask a doctor or pharmacist if this medicine is safe to use if you have ever had:

  • kidney disease, kidney stones;
  • heart problems;
  • a lung disorder called sarcoidosis;
  • a pancreas disorder;
  • decreased stomach acid; or
  • any condition that makes it hard for your body to absorb nutrients from food (malabsorption).

Ask a doctor before using this medicine if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Your dose needs may be different during pregnancy or while nursing a baby.

Do not give this medicine to a child without medical advice.

How should I take calcium lactate?

How should I take calcium lactate?

Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor.

Calcium lactate works best if you take it with food.

Drink plenty of liquids every day.

You may need medical tests.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I miss a dose?

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not take two doses at one time.

What happens if I overdose?

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

Overdose may cause nausea, vomiting, decreased appetite, headache, tiredness, or mood changes.

What should I avoid while taking calcium lactate?

What should I avoid while taking calcium lactate?

Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity.

What are the possible side effects of calcium lactate?

What are the possible side effects of calcium lactate?

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using calcium lactate and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • severe nausea, vomiting, or constipation; or
  • high blood calcium --confusion, tiredness, loss of appetite, increased thirst or urination, weight loss.

Common side effects may include:

  • stomach pain, gas; or
  • constipation.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect calcium lactate?

What other drugs will affect calcium lactate?

Calcium lactate can make it harder for your body to absorb other medicines you take by mouth, especially:

  • an antibiotic;
  • any other supplement or medicine that contain calcium;
  • heart medication;
  • a diuretic or "water pill"; or
  • medicines to treat osteoporosis (such as alendronate, pamidronate, risedronate, zoledronic acid, Fosamax, Boniva, Reclast, and others).

This list is not complete. Other drugs may affect calcium lactate, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible drug interactions are listed here.

Where can I get more information?

Where can I get more information?

Your doctor or pharmacist can provide more information about calcium lactate.

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