Caltrate 600 (Oral)

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Absorption of Caltrate

I take my Caltrate every am crushed in cereal. I don't take Citrical due to its effects on the stomach. I am anemic and my multi-vit with iron cereal is not enough since the Caltrate is taken at the same time? I will take them at opposite times.
by Unknown, 03/09/2006

Interaction of Caltrate with prescription drugs

Father was instructed to take 500-600 mg of caltrate twice a day for bone thinning (age 67).  He takes the following prescribed drugs: Nurontin, Lepitor, Lisinipril, Prilosec, Immuran and Elavil.  Is there anything we should be aware of?
by Allyson in USA, 10/11/2006

Allergic to Caltrate?

Dear Health Digest, I recently started taking Caltrate 600 after some broken toes. All of sudden I have a skin rash, I'm not sure if my skin rash could be cuased by the cast I'm wearing or the Caltrate 600. Is skin rash possible with Caltrate 60...
by Gloria in Brownsville Texas, 11/09/2005

Caltrate 600 (Oral) Drug and Prescription Information

Caltrate 600 (Oral)

Caltrate 600 (Oral) Medication Classification


Caltrate 600 (Oral) Brandname

Embrex 600, Tums, Caltrate 600, Tums E-X, Rolaids, Chewable Calcium, Tums Calcium For Life Bone Health, Chooz, Alkets, OS-Cal 500, Calci-Chew, QC Antacid Calcium Supp, Tums Ultra, CareNate 600, ICAR Prenatal

Caltrate 600 (Oral) is used for the Treatment

Treats indigestion, gas, heartburn, peptic ulcers, and other conditions.

When To Not Use Caltrate 600 (Oral)

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to medicines that contain calcium. Make sure your doctor knows if you have had hypercalcemia (too much calcium in your body).

How Should You Use Caltrate 600 (Oral)

Liquid, Powder for Suspension, Tablet, Capsule, Chewable Tablet, Lozenge, Wafer, Long Acting Tablet

  • Your doctor will tell you how much to use and how often. If you are being treated for peptic ulcer, keep using this medicine for as long as your doctor tells you to.
  • If you are using this medicine without a prescription, follow the instructions on the medicine label.
  • Shake the oral liquid well before each use. Measure your dose carefully using a measuring spoon or medicine cup.
  • Chew the chewable tablet thoroughly before swallowing. It may be helpful to drink a glass of water after swallowing the chewed tablet.
  • Let the lozenge melt slowly in your mouth.
  • Swallow the extended-release tablet whole. Do not crush, break, or chew it.
  • Carefully follow your doctor's instructions about any special diet.
  • If a dose is missed:
  • If you use this medicine on a regular schedule, use the missed dose as soon as possible, unless it is almost time for your next dose.
  • Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next regular dose.
  • You should not use two doses at the same time.

Proper Caltrate 600 (Oral) Storage

Store Caltrate 600 (Oral) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep Caltrate 600 (Oral) and all medications out of the reach of children.

What To Avoid While Using Caltrate 600 (Oral)

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Antacids may keep other medicines from working the way they are supposed to. Do not use an antacid within 1 to 2 hours before or after using other medicines. If you have questions about when are the best times to use your medicines, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
  • If you are using an antibiotic such as tetracycline, minocycline, or doxycycline, do not take an antacid within 3 hours before or after taking the antibiotic.
  • Avoid drinking large amounts of milk with this medicine.

Caltrate 600 (Oral) Warnings

  • Talk with your doctor before using antacids if you have kidney disease or liver disease.
  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your doctor before using this medicine.
  • Tell your doctor if your heartburn or stomach problems do not get better after 1 or 2 weeks or if they get worse after taking this medicine.
  • Antacids may contain large amounts of salt. Talk to your doctor before using this medicine if you are on a low-sodium diet.

Caltrate 600 (Oral) Side Effects

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Severe stomach pain, vomiting
  • Muscle pain or severe weakness
  • If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
  • Diarrhea
  • Unpleasant or chalky taste
  • White-colored stools

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Matia, Matia - 01/11/2014

Have you tried probiotics? I've done a lot of reracseh on IBS because both my mother and brother have it and they have both seen HUGE benefits from taking a good probiotic daily. They have both independently told me that they could easily notice when they missed a few days of the probiotics (like when they ran out or forgot). It's also common to develop irregularity after taking antibiotics for the same reason, but the probiotics are the beneficial bacteria that lives in your intestinal tract and helps your body absorb the nutrients in your intestinal tract, which helps regularity.I'd recommend getting a good probiotic with at least 3-5 strains and at least 4-6 billion viable organisms per dose if not more you may want to try a higher dose at first to replenish everything right away, too. Give it a try for just 1 month and I'm willing to bet you'll notice a huge difference even within the first couple weeks. Oh, and expect loose stools for the first day or two if you've had antibiotics before it's perfectly normal as your body's way of trying to balance itself out and clears up within a day or so.Good luck and I hope I helped!