What is calcium-vitamin D?

Calcium is a mineral that is found naturally in foods. Calcium is necessary for many normal functions of your body, especially bone formation and maintenance.

Vitamin D is important for the absorption of calcium from the stomach and for the functioning of calcium in the body.

Calcium and vitamin D combination is used to prevent or to treat a calcium deficiency.

Calcium and vitamin D combination may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Precautions

If you have certain conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely use this medication. Before you take calcium and vitamin D combination, tell your doctor if you have:

  • kidney disease;
  • past or present kidney stones;
  • heart disease;
  • circulation problems; or
  • a parathyroid gland disorder.

Talk to your doctor before taking calcium and vitamin D combination if you are pregnant.

Talk to your doctor before taking calcium and vitamin D combination if you are breast-feeding.

Avoid taking any other vitamin or mineral supplements that contain calcium or vitamin D without first talking to your doctor.

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Instructions

Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine.

Overdose symptoms may include irregular heartbeat, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, a metallic taste in your mouth, confusion, loss of appetite, constipation, weakness, headache, confusion, or fainting.

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to take the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

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Side Effects

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

Less serious side effects may include:

  • an irregular heartbeat;
  • nausea, vomiting, or decreased appetite;
  • dry mouth;
  • constipation;
  • weakness;
  • headache;
  • a metallic taste;
  • muscle or bone pain; or
  • drowsiness.

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. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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Interactions

Before taking calcium and vitamin D combination, tell your doctor if you are taking:

  • digoxin (Lanoxin, Lanoxicaps);
  • antacids containing calcium, aluminum, or magnesium;
  • other calcium supplements;
  • calcitriol (Rocaltrol) or other vitamin D supplements; or
  • a tetracycline antibiotic such as demeclocycline (Declomycin), doxycycline (Adoxa, Doryx, Oracea, Vibramycin), minocycline (Dynacin, Minocin, Solodyn, Vectrin), or tetracycline (Brodspec, Panmycin, Sumycin, Tetracap).

This list is not complete and there may be other drugs that can interact with calcium and vitamin D combination. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

Other Names

Calcarb with D, Calcet, Caltrate 600 with D, Caltrate 600 with D Plus Soy, Caltrate Colon Health, Caltro with Vitamin D, Calvite P&D, Chewable Calcium with Vitamin D, Citracal + D, Citracal 250 mg + D, Citracal Creamy Bites, Citracal Petites, Dical Captabs, Dical-D, Dicalphos plus D, O-Cal-D, Os-Cal 250 with D, Os-Cal 500 + D, Os-Cal 500 with D, Os-Cal with D, Osteocit D Plus, Oysco 500 with D, Oysco D, Oysco D with Calcium, Oyst-Cal-D, Oyster Shell Calcium with Vitamin D, Oyster-D, Oystercal-D, Posture-D H/P, Sedecal D, calcium-vitamin D, vitamin D with calcium, vitamin D-calcium, Calcio Del Mar, Calcitrate with D, Calcium 600+D, Citrus Calcium with Vitamin D, Liquid Calcium with Vitamin D, and Risacal-D

Available Strengths & Dosages


Route Form Strength
oral tablet 600 mg-200 units

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