GENERIC NAME: calcium carbonate
BRAND NAME: Caltrate 600, Os-Cal 500, Tums Extra, Tums Chewy Delight, and Many Other Brands and Generics
GENERIC AVAILABLE: yes
PRESCRIBED FOR: Calcium-containing products are used as part of a regimen for preventing and treating osteoporosis in individuals with low levels of calcium in their diets. Calcium carbonate is also used as an antacid for treating minor stomach upset.
Other side effect due to severe hypercalcemia may include:
Calcium supplements cause rebound stomach acidity.
- The usual recommended dose of calcium replacement is 1 to 1.2 g given daily in 2 or 4 divided doses with meals.
- The dose for use as an antacid is 2 to 4 tablets per 24 hours not to exceed 7 g a day.
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