Cal-Med Uses

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What is Cal-Med?

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. Calcium can also bind to other minerals (such as phosphate) and aid in their removal from the body.

Calcium citrate is used to prevent and to treat calcium deficiencies.

Calcium citrate may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Cal-Med indications

An indication is a term used for the list of condition or symptom or illness for which the medicine is prescribed or used by the patient. For example, acetaminophen or paracetamol is used for fever by the patient, or the doctor prescribes it for a headache or body pains. Now fever, headache and body pains are the indications of paracetamol. A patient should be aware of the indications of medications used for common conditions because they can be taken over the counter in the pharmacy meaning without prescription by the Physician.

This medication is used to prevent or treat low blood calcium levels in people who do not get enough calcium from their diets. It may be used to treat conditions caused by low calcium levels such as bone loss (osteoporosis), weak bones (osteomalacia/rickets), decreased activity of the parathyroid gland (hypoparathyroidism), and a certain muscle disease (latent tetany). It may also be used in certain patients to make sure they are getting enough calcium (e.g., women who are pregnant, nursing, or postmenopausal, people taking certain medications such as phenytoin, phenobarbital, or prednisone).

Calcium plays a very important role in the body. It is necessary for normal functioning of nerves, cells, muscle, and bone. If there is not enough calcium in the blood, then the body will take calcium from bones, thereby weakening bones. Having the right amount of calcium is important for building and keeping strong bones.

Cal-Med dosage

Pregnancy & lactation: 2 tabs a day. Menopause: 3 tabs a day.

Cal-Med interactions

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What other drugs will affect Cal-Med?

Before taking calcium citrate, tell your doctor if you are taking

  • digoxin (Lanoxin, Lanoxicaps);
  • antacids containing calcium or aluminum;
  • another calcium supplement;
  • calcitriol (Rocaltrol) or vitamin D supplements; or
  • a tetracycline antibiotic such as tetracycline (Sumycin, Achromycin V, and others), demeclocycline (Declomycin), doxycycline (Vibramycin, Monodox, Doxy, and others), minocycline (Minocin, Dynacin, and others), or oxytetracycline (Terramycin, and others).

    You may not be able to take calcium citrate, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during your treatment if you are taking any of the medicines listed above.

    Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with calcium citrate. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any other prescription or over-the-counter medicines.

    Cal-Med side effects

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    What are the possible side effects of Cal-Med?


    Adverse reactions can occur with any drug, even over-the-counter medications. Most antacids produce only minor side effects, especially if they are used infrequently. Minor side effects are usually relieved by reducing the dose or frequency. For major reactions, the patient should contact the physician immediately.

    Constipation can often be corrected by a high fiber diet. Patients with hormone disorders of the parathyroid glands, those on kidney dialysis or who have any calcium problem should discuss its use with the physician.

    For this antacid, the following are the observed side effects:


  • constipation

  • nausea

  • unpleasant taste

    Major: (These usually occur only with an overdose of calcium.)

  • loss of appetite

  • mood or mental change

  • vomiting

  • excessive restlessness

  • unusual fatigue or weakness

    Cal-Med contraindications

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    What is the most important information I should know about Cal-Med?

    this medicine should not be administered to patients with:

    • Severe renal function impairment

    • Hypercalcaemia

    • Hypersensitivity to the active ingredients or any of the excipients


    Active ingredient matches for Cal-Med:

    Calcium Dicitrate in Vietnam.

    Ca citrate in Thailand.

    Unit description / dosage (Manufacturer)Price, USD
    Cal-Med 60 Tablet
    Cal-med 950 mg x 60's
    Cal-Med 950 mg x 60 Tablet

    List of Cal-Med substitutes (brand and generic names):

    Cal-Cit tab 950 mg 60's (Vesco Pharma)
    Calbo 950 mg x 1000's (Nucleo Remedies)
    Calbo 500 mg+1500 mcg+0.25 mcg Tablet (Nucleo Remedies)$ 0.19
    Calcibon 500 mg+250 iu Tablet (Vega Laboratories Pvt. Ltd.)$ 0.04
    Calcibon 200 ml Suspension (Vega Laboratories Pvt. Ltd.)$ 0.02
    10's (Stalwart Remedies Pvt. Ltd.)$ 0.35
    Calcibone Calcium citrate 1000 mg, Vitamin D3 200 IU. TAB / 10 (Stalwart Remedies Pvt. Ltd.)$ 0.35
    Calcibone 200 ml Suspension (Stalwart Remedies Pvt. Ltd.)$ 0.02
    Calcibone 1000 mg+200 iu Tablet (Stalwart Remedies Pvt. Ltd.)$ 0.03
    CALCIBONE tab 10's (Stalwart Remedies Pvt. Ltd.)$ 0.35
    Calcik 950 mg
    Tablet; Oral; Calcium Citrate Tetrahydrate 400 mg (Meyer)
    Calcimax Forte Calcium carbonate 1000 mg, Vitamin D3 200 IU, Zinc 4 mg, Elemental magnesium 100 mg. TAB / 30 (Meyer)$ 1.82
    Calcimax Forte Ca carbonate 400mg, Vit D3200iu, Zn 4mg, Elemental Mg100mg TAB / 15 (Meyer)$ 0.91
    30's (Meyer)$ 1.82
    Calcimax Forte Calcium carbonate 1000 mg, vitamin D3 200 IU, zincsulphate monohydrate 11 mg, magnesium hydroxide 240 mg. FC-TAB / 30 (Meyer)$ 2.00
    CALCIMAX FORTE film-coated tab 30's (Meyer)$ 2.30
    Tablet, Film-Coated; Oral; Calcium Citrate (Merckle)
    Suspension; Oral; Calcium / Calcium Citrate 50 mg / 5 ml (Valdecasas)
    Suspension; Oral; Calcium / Calcium Citrate 100 mg / 5 ml (Valdecasas)
    Suspension; Oral; Calcium / Calcium Citrate 150 mg / 5 ml (Valdecasas)
    Tablet; Oral; Calcium / Calcium Citrate 100 mg (Valdecasas)
    Tablet; Oral; Calcium / Calcium Citrate 200 mg (Valdecasas)
    Calsorp 1188 mg x 60's (Thaipharmed)$ 5.15
    Calsorp 1188 mg x 500's (Thaipharmed)$ 42.42
    Cenca 950 mg x 80's
    Cenca 950 mg x 90's
    Cenca 950 mg x 500's
    Tablet; Oral; Calcium / Calcium Citrate 200 mg (Bruno)
    Tablet; Oral; Calcium / Calcium Citrate 250 mg (Bruno)
    E.Cal 950 mg
    Ecical 950 mg x 1000's
    Eucabone 950 mg
    Free-Cal 950 mg
    Jia-Cal 950 mg x 1000's
    Livingca 950 mg x 1000's


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