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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1 tab twice daily [eg, 1 tab in the morning and in the evening (equivalent to calcium 1200 mg & vitamin D3 800 IU)]. Reduction of intake should be considered necessary following the monitoring of calcium levels.
Pregnant Women: 1 tab daily. No dose adjustment is required in cases of hepatic insufficiency.
The tablets are chewed and then swallowed with some liquid. In exceptional cases (eg, disabled patients), the tablets can, after consulting a doctor, be sucked.
Pharocal should be taken by adults only.
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 Pharocal, 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.
Thiazide diuretics reduce calcium excretion in the urine. Because of the increased risk of hypercalcaemia, calcium monitoring is recommended in cases when thiazide diuretics are given simultaneously.
Systemic corticosteroids reduce calcium absorption. In the case of concomitant administration of corticosteroids, it might be necessary to increase the dose of Pharocal.
Orlistat, combined ion-exchange resin treatment eg, cholestyramine or laxatives eg, paraffin oil can reduce the gastrointestinal absorption of vitamin D3. An interval of at least 2 hrs should be observed between ingestion of ion-exchange resins (eg, cholestyramine) or laxatives and Pharocal as otherwise the absorption of vitamin D3 is reduced.
Calcium Carbonate (Pharocal) can alter tetracycline absorption when given simultaneously. It is recommended that taking tetracycline be staggered by at least 2 hrs before or 4-6 hrs after taking calcium by mouth.
Hypercalcaemia can increase the toxicity of cardiac glycosides in the case of simultaneous administration with calcium and vitamin D. Consequently patients must be monitored regularly (ECG check and calcaemia).
Rifampicin, phenytoin or barbiturates may reduce the activity of vitamin D3, since they increase the rate of its metabolism.
Calcium salts may decrease the absorption of iron, zinc or strontium. Consequently, the iron, zinc or strontium preparation should be taken at a distance of 2 hrs from the calcium preparation.
Calcium salts may reduce the absorption of the estramustin or thyroid hormones. It is recommended that taking Pharocal be spaced at least 2 hrs from these medicines.
In the case of concomitant bisphosphonate, sodium fluoride or fluoroquinolone administration, it is recommended that taking Pharocal be spaced by at least 3 hrs, as their absorption during digestion may be reduced.
Oxalic acid (found in spinach and rhubarb) and phytic acid (found in wholegrain cereals) can inhibit calcium absorption by forming insoluble compound with calcium ions. Patients must not take calcium containing-products in the 2 hrs after the consumption of foods rich in oxalic acid and phytic acid.
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).
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).
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).
The results of a survey conducted on ndrugs.com for Pharocal are given in detail below. The results of the survey conducted are based on the impressions and views of the website users and consumers taking Pharocal. We implore you to kindly base your medical condition or therapeutic choices on the result or test conducted by a physician or licensed medical practitioners.
1 consumer reported frequency of use
How frequently do I need to take Pharocal? It was reported by ndrugs.com website users that Pharocal should ideally be taken 3 times in a day as the most common frequency of the Pharocal. You should you adhere strictly to the instructions and guidelines provided by your doctor on how frequently this Pharocal should be taken. Get another patient's view on how frequent the capsule should be used by clicking here.
3 times in a day
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