Calcium carbonate Dosage

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Dosage of Calcium carbonate in details

The dose of a drug and dosage of the drug are two different terminologies. Dose is defined as the quantity or amount of medicine given by the doctor or taken by the patient at a given period. Dosage is the regimen prescribed by the doctor about how many days and how many times per day the drug is to be taken in specified dose by the patient. The dose is expressed in mg for tablets or gm, micro gm sometimes, ml for syrups or drops for kids syrups. The dose is not fixed for a drug for all conditions, and it changes according to the condition or a disease. It also changes on the age of the patient.
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Calcium carbonate Dosage

Applies to the following strength(s): 650 mg; 600 mg; 1250 mg/5 mL; 1250 mg; 1000 mg; 500 mg; 400 mg; base 500 mg; 750 mg; 900 mg; 648 mg; 420 mg; 250 mg; 550 mg; 1177 mg; 850 mg; 400 mg/5 mL; 350 mg; 1.5 g; 1 g; 300 mg; 450 mg

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Usual Adult Dose for:

Usual Pediatric Dose for:

Additional dosage information:

Usual Adult Dose for Osteoporosis

2500 to 7500 mg/day orally in 2 to 4 divided doses.

Usual Adult Dose for Hypocalcemia

900 to 2500 mg/day orally in 2 to 4 divided doses. This dose may be adjusted as needed to achieve a normal serum calcium level.

Usual Adult Dose for Dyspepsia

300 to 8000 mg/day orally in 2 to 4 divided doses. This dose may be increased as needed and tolerated to decrease symptoms of stomach upset.

Maximum Dose: 5,500 to 7980 mg (depending on product used). Not to exceed maximum daily dosage for a period of greater than 2 weeks unless directed by a physician.

Usual Adult Dose for Duodenal Ulcer

1250 to 3750 mg/day in 2 to 4 divided doses. This dose may be increased as needed and tolerated to decrease the abdominal discomfort. The major limiting factor to the chronic use of Calcium carbonate is gastric hypersecretion and acid rebound.

Usual Adult Dose for Gastric Ulcer

1250 to 3750 mg/day in 2 to 4 divided doses. This dose may be increased as needed and tolerated to decrease the abdominal discomfort. The major limiting factor to the chronic use of Calcium carbonate is gastric hypersecretion and acid rebound.

Usual Adult Dose for Erosive Esophagitis

1250 to 3750 mg/day orally in 2 to 4 divided doses. The potential for acid rebound could be detrimental. However, antacids have been frequently used in the management of erosive esophagitis and may be beneficial in decreasing the acidity of gastric contents.

Maximum Dose: 5,500 to 7980 mg (depending on product used). Not to exceed maximum daily dosage for a period of greater than 2 weeks unless directed by a physician.

Usual Adult Dose for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

1250 to 3750 mg/day orally in 2 to 4 divided doses. The potential for acid rebound could be detrimental. However, antacids have been frequently used in the management of erosive esophagitis and may be beneficial in decreasing the acidity of gastric contents.

Maximum Dose: 5,500 to 7980 mg (depending on product used). Not to exceed maximum daily dosage for a period of greater than 2 weeks unless directed by a physician.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Hypocalcemia

Neonatal:

Hypocalcemia (dose depends on clinical condition and serum calcium level): Dose expressed in mg of elemental calcium: 50 to 150 mg/kg/day in 4 to 6 divided doses; not to exceed 1 g/day

Usual

Dosage:

Calcium carbonate:

Children 2 to 5 years: Childrens Pepto, Mylanta (R) Childrens: 1 tablet (400 mg Calcium carbonate) as symptoms occur; not to exceed 3 tablets/day

Children 6 to 11 years: Childrens Pepto, Mylanta (R) Childrens: 2 tablets (800 mg Calcium carbonate) as symptoms occur; not to exceed 6 tablets/day

Children 11 years and older:

Tums (R), Tums (R) E-X: 2 to 4 tablets chewed as symptoms occur; not to exceed 15 tablets [Tums (R)] or 10 tablets [Tums (R) E-X] per day

Tums (R) Ultra: 2 to 3 tablets chewed as symptoms occur; not to exceed 7 tablets per day

Hypocalcemia (dose depends on clinical condition and serum calcium level): Dose expressed in mg of elemental calcium:

Children: 45 to 65 mg/kg/day in 4 divided doses

Treatment of hyperphosphatemia in end-stage renal failure: Children and Adults: Dose expressed in mg of Calcium carbonate: 1 g with each meal; increase as needed; range: 4 to 7 g/day

Hydrofluoric acid (HF) burns (HF concentration less than 20%):

Topical: Various topical calcium preparations have been used anecdotally for treatment of dermal exposure to HF solutions; Calcium carbonate at concentrations ranging from 2.5% to 33% has been used; a topical Calcium carbonate preparation must be compounded.

Renal Dose Adjustments

Patients with renal dysfunction have an increased risk of hypercalcemia. Periodically checking the serum calcium level, especially if signs or symptoms of hypercalcemia are detected, is recommended.

The use of Calcium carbonate is not indicated for the treatment of hyperphosphatemia in patients with calculated or estimated creatinine clearance equal to or greater than 25 mL/min.

Liver Dose Adjustments

Data not available

Dialysis

Calcium is removed by hemodialysis. To ensure a positive net calcium flux into the patient during dialysis, a dialysate calcium concentration of 3 to 3.5 mEq/L is usually required. Mid-dialysis modest hypercalcemia is not uncommon when this concentration is used.

Calcium is removed by peritoneal dialysis. The standard peritoneal dialysate contains 3.5 mEq/L of calcium (in 1.5% dextrose) to maintain a positive calcium balance and to prevent calcium losses. When higher concentrations of dextrose are used, the net calcium balance may be negative because of a greater convective removal of calcium during ultrafiltration. This counterbalances the diffusion of calcium from the dialysate to the patient.

Other Comments

Dietary reference intake: Dosage is in terms of elemental calcium:

0 to 6 months: Adequate intake: 200 mg/day

7 to 12 months: Adequate intake: 260 mg/day

1 to 3 years: RDA: 700 mg/day

4 to 8 years: RDA: 1000 mg/day

9 to 18 years: RDA: 1300 mg/day

Adults, Female/Male: RDA:

19 to 50 years: 1000 mg/day

51 years and older, females: 1200 mg/day

51 to 70 years, males: 1000 mg/day

Female: Pregnancy/Lactating: RDA: Same as for Adults, Female/Male

Calcium carbonate:

Elemental calcium: 400 mg/1 g (20 mEq calcium/gram)

Approximate equivalent dose: 225 mg of calcium salt

Osteoporosis may be associated with increased serum parathyroid hormone, excessive alcohol intake, tobacco use, inactivity, and certain drugs. Additional factors to consider in males with osteoporosis include hypogonadism and/or age related decreases in serum testosterone. Adequate vitamin D intake and weight bearing exercise (if possible) are recommended.

Each 1 g of Calcium carbonate contains 400 mg elemental calcium, or 20 mEq calcium.

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What other drugs will affect Calcium carbonate?

Before taking Calcium carbonate, tell your doctor if you are taking

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

Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with Calcium carbonate. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any other prescription or over-the-counter medicines, including vitamins, minerals, and herbal products.

Calcium carbonate interactions

Interactions are the effects that happen when the drug is taken along with the food or when taken with other medications. Suppose if you are taking a drug Calcium carbonate, it may have interactions with specific foods and specific medications. It will not interact with all foods and medications. The interactions vary from drug to drug. You need to be aware of interactions of the medicine you take. Most medications may interact with alcohol, tobacco, so be cautious.
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An interaction generally means that one drug may increase or decrease the effect of another drug. Also, the more medications a person takes, the more likely there will be a drug interaction. Antacids do interact with or prevent the absorption of many medications. As a general rule it is best to separate Calcium carbonate use and any other medications by at least 1 hour. When antacids are only taken occasionally, this seldom presents a serious problem. Since there are so many good medications to reduce stomach acid, some of them over-the-counter, it is unusual to require frequent Calcium carbonate use during the day and night.

Interactions with this Calcium carbonate may occur with the following:

* flecainide (Tambocor)

* phenytoin type drugs (Dilantin, Mesantoin, Peganone, Cerebyx)

* iron (Feosol, ferrous sulfate, Nu-Iron)

* quinidine (Quinidex, Quinaglute)

* aspirin, salicylates

* tetracycline (Sumycin, Tetracyn)

References

  1. DailyMed. "CALCIUM CARBONATE; FAMOTIDINE; MAGNESIUM HYDROXIDE: DailyMed provides trustworthy information about marketed drugs in the United States. DailyMed is the official provider of FDA label information (package inserts).". https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailyme... (accessed September 17, 2018).
  2. DailyMed. "CALCIUM: DailyMed provides trustworthy information about marketed drugs in the United States. DailyMed is the official provider of FDA label information (package inserts).". https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailyme... (accessed September 17, 2018).
  3. FDA/SPL Indexing Data. "SY7Q814VUP: The UNique Ingredient Identifier (UNII) is an alphanumeric substance identifier from the joint FDA/USP Substance Registration System (SRS).". https://www.fda.gov/ForIndustry/Data... (accessed September 17, 2018).

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The drug can be in various doses. Most anti-diabetic, anti-hypertensive drugs, pain killers, or antibiotics are in different low and high doses and prescribed by the doctors depending on the severity and demand of the condition suffered by the patient. In our reports, ndrugs.com website users used these doses of Calcium carbonate drug in following percentages. Very few drugs come in a fixed dose or a single dose. Common conditions, like fever, have almost the same doses, e.g., [acetaminophen, 500mg] of drug used by the patient, even though it is available in various doses.
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