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Calactate

 

Description

Round, white uncoated tablet, shallow convex faces, "HD" embossed and scored on the same face.

 

Composition

Calcium Lactate Pentahydrate 300 mg equivalent to 39 mg calcium.

 

Actions and Pharmacology

Calcium is essential to physiological processes such as transmission of nerve impulses; contraction of cardiac, smooth and skeletal muscles, renal function, respiration, blood coagulation and other regulatory roles in the body.

 

Oral absorption decreases with age and increases when the body is deficient in calcium or by administration of Vitamin D; and excretion is via the kidneys.

 

Indications

As a nutritional supplement.

 

Contraindications

Not recommended in patients with hypercalcaemia, renal calculi or ventricular fibrillation, hypercalcuria and sarcoidosis.

 

Precautions

* Caution in patients with impaired renal function or a history of renal stone formation.

* It should not be taken for prolonged periods without medical advice.

 

Main Side/ Adverse Effects

Abdominal pain, chalky taste and constipation

 

Drug Interactions

* Calcium salts reduce the absorption of tetracycylines. Patients are advised not to take calcium salts within 1 to 3 hours of taking tetracyclines.

* Concurrent use with phenytoin reduces bioavailability of both phenytoin and calcium. Patients are advised not to take calcium salts within 1 to 3 hours of taking phentyoin.

 

Overdosage

Clinical features: Severe constipation, gastrointestinal disturbances, muscle pain or twitching, fatigue.

 

Treatment consists of withdrawing calcium therapy, or as directed by physician.

 

Dosage and Administration

Adults: Oral, up to 25 tablets a day.

 

Storage

Store below 25 C. Protect from moisture.

 

Presentation/Packing

Tablet 300 mg x 100's, 1000's, Blisters of 10 x 10's.

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