About calcium with colecalciferol
|Type of medicine||Mineral and vitamin supplement|
|Used for||To promote healthy bones and prevent osteoporosis|
|Also called||Adcal-D3®, Adcal-D3® Dissolve
Calcichew D3®, Calcichew D3 Forte®
|Available as||Caplets, chewable tablets, effervescent tablets, effervescent granules, and powder|
Calcium and colecalciferol (vitamin D3) are important for bone health. Your body needs adequate supplies of colecalciferol in order to absorb the calcium that you eat or drink in your diet. Foods that are good sources of colecalciferol are oily fish (such as sardine, herring, salmon and tuna), liver, dairy products and egg yolks. Colecalciferol is also made by your body after exposure to the sun. The ultraviolet rays in sunshine trigger your skin to make vitamin D.
A long term lack of calcium and colecalciferol results in softening of the bones. In adults this can cause osteoporosis, backache, muscle weakness, bone pain and fractures.
Before taking calcium with colecalciferol
Before taking calcium with colecalciferol make sure your doctor or pharmacist knows:
- If you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
- If you suffer from kidney problems.
- If you know you have high levels of calcium in your blood or urine.
- If you have ever had kidney stones.
- If you have sarcoidosis (an inflammatory disorder).
- If you are taking other medicines, including those available to buy without a prescription, herbal and complementary medicines.
- If you have ever had an allergic reaction to this or any other medicine.
How to take calcium with colecalciferol
- Before starting this treatment, read the manufacturer's printed information leaflet from inside the pack.
- Take calcium with colecalciferol exactly as advised by your doctor. Read the label on your pack carefully.
- If you are taking tablets, check the label to see if you have been given chewable tablets. If so, suck or chew your dose before swallowing.
- If you have been given effervescent tablets, powder or granules, dissolve your dose into water. Stir, and then drink the solution straight away.
- Try to take calcium with colecalciferol at the same times each day to avoid missing any doses.
- If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember unless it is nearly time for your next dose, in which case leave out the missed dose. Do not take two doses together to make up for a forgotten dose.
Getting the most from your treatment
- Keep your regular appointments with your doctor so your progress can be monitored.
- If you buy any medicines, check with a pharmacist that they are safe to take with calcium and colecalciferol.
Can calcium with colecalciferol cause problems?
This medicine is unlikely to cause any side effects. If however you experience any worrying symptoms which you think may be due to this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
How to store calcium with colecalciferol
- Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children.
- Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct heat and light.
Important information about all medicines
Further reading & references
- British National Formulary; 62nd Edition (Sep 2011) British Medical Association and Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, London
|Original Author: Helen Allen||Current Version: Helen Allen|
|Last Checked: 26/10/2011||Document ID: 7227 Version: 6||© EMIS|
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