Caltrate Uses, Dosage, Side Effects, Precautions & Warnings

CALTRATE 600 mg, film-coated tablet, box of 1 vial of 60 scored coated tablets
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Generic drug of the Therapeutic class: Metabolism and nutrition
Active ingredients: Calcium carbonate

what is Caltrate 600 MG ?

This medicine contains calcium.

what is Caltrate medication used for and indication?

It is recommended:

  • in case of calcium deficiency following an increase in needs (growth, pregnancy, breastfeeding).
  • as an adjunct to bone decalcifications in the elderly, or after menopause, corticosteroid therapy, prolonged immobilization after resumption of mobility.

PRESENTATION (S) AVAILABLE FOR CALTRATE 600 MG

3 presentations are available for this drug:

  • 1 polypropylene bottle (s) of 30 tablet (s)
  • 1 polypropylene bottle (s) of 60 tablet (s)
  • 1 polypropylene bottle (s) of 90 tablet (s)
FEATURE DESCRIPTION
Pharmaceutical class mineral supplements
Active substance (s) for one tablet: calcium carbonate (1498 mg)
General medicine no
Pharmaceutical form coated tablet
Route (s) of administration oral
Social security reimbursement rate 65%
Laboratory (s) PFIZER FAMILY HEALTH
Conditions of issue restricted prescription drug

Caltrate Dosage

RESERVED FOR ADULTS AND CHILDREN OVER 6 YEARS OLD.

In adults:

  • Calcium deficiencies in general and adjunctive treatment of osteoporosis (maintenance treatment): 2 to 3 tablets per day.

In children over 6 years old:

  • Calcium deficiencies during growth according to age: 1 to 2 tablets per day.

Caltrate Contraindications

Do not take CALTRATE 600 mg film-coated tablet in the following cases  :

  • Hyper-sensitivity to one of the compounds,
  • abnormally high amount of calcium in the blood (hypercalcaemia),
  • exaggerated elimination of calcium through the urine (hypercalciuria),
  • kidney stones (calcium lithiasis), calcium deposit in the tissues,
  • Prolonged immobilization accompanied by hypercalcemia and / or hypercalciuria: calcium should only be administered when mobility is restored.

IN CASE OF DOUBT, IT IS ESSENTIAL TO ASK FOR THE OPINION OF YOUR DOCTOR OR YOUR PHARMACIST.

How To Take Caltrate ?

Method and route of administration

  • Oral route.
  • The tablets are to be swallowed with a full glass of water.

Frequency of administration

  • IN ALL CASES, STRICTLY COMPLY WITH THE MEDICAL PRESCRIPTION.

Duration of treatment

  • IN ALL CASES, STRICTLY COMPLY WITH THE MEDICAL PRESCRIPTION.

how does Caltrate work?

MINERAL SUPPLEMENTS.

ATC CODE: A12AA20.

  • Calcium intake corrects dietary calcium deficiency.
  • The daily calcium requirements are of the order of 1000 to 1500 mg of elemental calcium.

How To Store Caltrate ?

Keep out of the reach and sight of children.

Expiration date

  • Do not use CALTRATE 600 mg film-coated tablet after the expiry date stated on the carton.

Storage conditions

  • No special storage conditions.

If necessary, warnings against certain visible signs of deterioration

  • Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist what to do with any unused medicine. These measures will help protect the environment.

Caltrate Side Effects

Like all medicines, CALTRATE 600 mg film-coated tablets can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

  • Digestive disorders such as constipation, gas, nausea.
  • In the event of prolonged treatment at high doses: risk of modification of the calcium level in the blood or urine,
  • extensive rash, hives and itching.

If you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, or if any side effects get serious, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.

Keep out of the reach and sight of children.

Caltrate Interactions

In particular in case of association with vitamin D.

ASSOCIATIONS REQUIRING PRECAUTIONS FOR USE :

Cyclines:

  • Decrease in the digestive absorption of cyclins.
  • Take calcium salts away from cyclins (more than 2 hours, if possible).

Digital:

  • Risk of rhythm disturbances.
  • Clinical monitoring and, if necessary, control of ECG and serum calcium.

Bisphosphonates:

  • Risk of reduced digestive absorption of bisphosphonates.
  • Take calcium salts away from bisphosphonates (more than 2 hours, if possible).

Estramustine:

  • Decreased digestive absorption of estramustine.
  • Take calcium salts away from estramustine (more than 2 hours, if possible).

Iron (salts) (oral route):

  • Decreased digestive absorption of iron salts.
  • Take iron between meals and in the absence of calcium.

ASSOCIATIONS TO BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT :

Thiazide diuretics:

  • Risk of hypercalcemia by reduction of urinary elimination of calcium.

Foods:

  • Possibility of interaction with food (eg containing oxalic acid, phosphates or phytic acid).

Effects on ability to Drive and use machines

  • Not applicable.
  • Not applicable.
  • Not applicable.
  • Not applicable.

Warnings and Precautions

Take special care with CALTRATE 600 mg film-coated tablets:

Special warnings

  • Excessive calcium intake can be dangerous. DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE WITHOUT MEDICAL ADVICE.

Precautions for use

  • Use this medication WITH CAUTION in case of prolonged treatment or renal failure: it is necessary to check the calcium level in the urine and in the blood.
  • This medication is likely to interact with certain foods rich in oxalic acid (spinach, rhubarb, sorrel, cocoa, tea) and phytic acid (whole grains, pulses, oil seeds, chocolate), which is why it is recommended take it away from meals containing this type of food.
  • It is advisable to wait at least two hours between taking a drug based on bisphosphonates, cyclines or estramustine and taking CALTRATE 600 mg, film-coated tablet.
  • IN CASE OF DOUBT, DO NOT HESITATE TO ASK FOR THE ADVICE OF YOUR DOCTOR OR YOUR PHARMACIST.

PREGNANCY & BREAST-FEEDING & Sportsmen

Pregnancy and breast feeding

  • If there is a deficiency, your doctor may prescribe this medicine for you during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
  • Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine.

Sportsmen

  • Not applicable.

What happens if I overdose from Caltrate ?

If you take more CALTRATE 600 mg film-coated tablet than you should, the following symptoms may occur:

  • Nausea, vomiting, thirst intense constipation.

If such effects occur, tell your doctor immediately who will take the necessary measures.

In case of prolonged overdose, calcifications may appear in the vessels or tissues

What should I do if I miss a dose?

Do not take a double dose to make up for the single dose you forgot to take.

What happens if you stop taking Caltrate ?

  • Not applicable.
  • Not applicable.
  • Not applicable.
  • Not applicable.

What is  Forms and Composition ?

SHAPES and PRESENTATIONS

  • White, coated, scored tablet.
  • Bottle (Polypropylene) of 60 tablets.

Other shapes

  • CALTRATE 500 mg, tablet to suck, box of 1 vial of 60

COMPOSITION

  p cp
Calcium-element  600 mg
(as carbonate: 1498.5 mg / tab).
  • Excipients: microcrystalline cellulose, croscarmellose, magnesium stearate, crospovidone, povidone, sodium lauryl sulfate, hypromellose, titanium dioxide, light liquid paraffin, talc.

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Additional information:

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Special warnings:

  • For pregnant and breastfeeding women, the elderly, boys and drivers, and use before surgery.

Side effects:

  • It treats possible side effects and drug interactions that require attention and its effect on continuous use.
  • The information contained in this medicine is based on medical literature, but it is not a substitute for consulting a doctor.

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