Calcium Sandoz

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Uses

What is Calcium Sandoz® (Calcium Carbonate) used for?

Calcium Sandoz® is commonly used to treat low levels of calcium in your body, help to slow down or stop loss of calcium from bones in osteoporosis (thinning of the bone), treat people who do not get enough calcium in their diet, treat babies with low levels of calcium.

Calcium Sandoz® may be prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Calcium Sandoz® (Calcium Carbonate).

What is the dose of Calcium Sandoz® (Calcium Carbonate) for an adult?

The usual dose of Calcium Sandoz® syrup:

  • Osteoporosis: the usual dose is eleven to fifteen, 5ml spoonfuls of Calcium Sandoz® syrup per day.
  • Low calcium levels: the usual dose is three to fifteen, 5ml spoonfuls of Calcium Sandoz® syrup per day.

The usual dose of Calcium Sandoz® effervescent tablets:

  • To treat conditions caused by the lack of calcium, the dose is usually between 2 and 5 tablets per day.
  • To prevent bone damage caused by osteoporosis, a dose of 1 to 3 tablets is required per day.
  • To supplement calcium in your diet, the dose is up to 3 tablets a day.

What is the dose of Calcium Sandoz® (Calcium Carbonate) for a child?

The usual dose of Calcium Sandoz® syrup:

  • Low calcium levels: the usual dose is six to nine 5ml spoonfuls of Calcium Sandoz® syrup per day.
  • Low calcium levels in newborn infants: 1.85ml of syrup per kg of body weight a day.
  • Low calcium diet: the usual dose is two to six 5ml spoonfuls of Calcium Sandoz® syrup per day.

The usual dose of Calcium Sandoz® effervescent tablets:

  • 6 to 10 years: 1 tablet daily (500 mg per day).
  • Over the age of 10 years: 2 tablets daily (1 g per day).

Directions

How should I take Calcium Sandoz® (Calcium Carbonate)?

To take Calcium Sandoz® effervescent tablet:

The tablets must be dissolved completely in a glass of water and the solution consumed immediately.

To use Calcium Sandoz® syrup:

Calcium Sandoz® syrup should be taken by mouth either as provided or after it is diluted with syrup BP. If diluted, it should be used within 14 days.

For newborn infants, the syrup may be mixed with the first (small) part of the milk feed.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use medication.

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

It is also important to carry a written list of all of the prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines you are taking with you in case of emergencies.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Calcium Sandoz®, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Calcium Sandoz® (Calcium Carbonate)?

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

Calcium Sandoz® may cause these side effects, such as:

  • Allergic reaction: rash, itching, difficulty in breathing or swelling of the face, lips, throat or tongue.
  • Nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, wind, skin rashes and itching, high concentration of calcium in the blood (hypercalcaemia) or urine (hypercalciuria).

Precautions/Warnings

What should I know before using Calcium Sandoz® (Calcium Carbonate)?

Consult with your doctor or pharmacist, if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
  • You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of Calcium Sandoz® or other Calcium Sandoz®s.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions, e.g., an overactive parathyroid gland (hyperparathyroidism) or too much vitamin D in your body (hypervitaminosis D), high levels of calcium in your blood, very high levels of calcium in your urine, kidney stones, or have severe kidney problems, galactosaemia (a rare genetic disorder which means you cannot metabolise the sugar galactose).

Is it safe in specific conditions (e.g. pregnancy, breastfeeding, or surgery)?

Surgery:

Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).

Pregnancy and breastfeeding:

Calcium Sandoz® syrup/ Calcium Sandoz® effervescent tablet may be taken by patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Always consult your health care provider prior to using Calcium Sandoz® if you are pregnant, breastfeeding.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with Calcium Sandoz® (Calcium Carbonate)?

Calcium Sandoz® may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

These are some medications may interact with Calcium Sandoz®:

  • Vitamin D;
  • Heart medicines such as digoxin and cardiac glycosides;
  • Tetracycline antibiotics;
  • Thiazide diuretics (water tablets);
  • Bisphosphonates and sodium fluoride (drugs used to treat bone disorders).

Does food or alcohol interact with Calcium Sandoz® (Calcium Carbonate)?

Calcium Sandoz® may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

How do I store Calcium Sandoz® (Calcium Carbonate)?

Calcium Sandoz® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Calcium Sandoz® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Calcium Sandoz® that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Calcium Sandoz® down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

How is Calcium Sandoz® (Calcium Carbonate) available?

Calcium Sandoz® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Calcium Sandoz® effervescent tablets: 500mg.
  • Calcium Sandoz® syrup: 300ml.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Review Date: December 5, 2016 | Last Modified: December 19, 2019

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