Calcium supplements are available as different types of tablet - chewable tablets, effervescent tablets and tablets to swallow whole. Read the label carefully to check how to take your tablets.
Calcium can interfere with the way other medicines are absorbed. If you are taking any other medicines ask your pharmacist for advice.
Calcium supplements rarely cause any side-effects.
|Type of medicine||Calcium supplement|
|Used for||Calcium deficiency |
As a phosphate binder
|Also called||Adcal®; Cacit®; Calcichew®; Calcium-500®; Calcium-Sandoz®; Sandocal®|
|Available as||Tablets, chewable tablets, effervescent tablets, and oral liquid|
Calcium is a naturally occurring substance which is important for healthy, strong bones. Our bodies usually get sufficient calcium from what we eat. Good sources of calcium in food are milk, hard cheese (such as cheddar or edam), yoghurt, bread, calcium-fortified soya milk, and some vegetables (spinach and watercress). Sometimes though, our bodies need more calcium than normal, for example in childhood and during pregnancy or whilst breast-feeding. Also, as we get older our bodies may not absorb as much calcium as they once did. When there is not enough calcium in our diet for our body's needs, then a calcium supplement may be useful.
Calcium tablets are also taken by people who have kidney problems. The levels of a substance in the body called phosphate can be too high in people with kidney failure. Calcium binds to the phosphate and this allows it to be removed, helping to keep the levels normal.
Calcium supplements are available on prescription, or you can buy them at pharmacies without a prescription.
To make sure this is the right treatment for you, before you start taking a calcium supplement it is important that your doctor or pharmacist knows:
Along with their useful effects, most medicines can cause unwanted side-effects although not everyone experiences them. These usually improve as your body adjusts to the new medicine, but speak with your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following side-effects continue or become troublesome.
|Rare calcium side-effects - these affect less than 1 in 1,000 people who take this medicine||What can I do if I experience this?|
|Stomach upset||Stick to simple food, and drink plenty of water|
If you experience any other symptoms which you think may be due to this medicine, speak with your doctor or pharmacist.