Calcium citrate is recommended to the patients who have calcium deficiency. Calcium is an important mineral for formation of the bones and many other functions in the body. Calcium deficiency is characterized by dry skin, brittle hair and nails and yellow teeth. You may also experience cramps in the muscles and neck stiffness. Other signs may occur, but they are rare. Such signs may be sleeping difficulties, cramps in the abdomen prior to the menstrual period and high blood pressure. Calcium citrate can also prevent calcium deficiency and its symptoms.
Before you start taking Calcium citrate you should inform your doctor about any medications, herbal or vitamin supplements that you take and about any health problems, especially if you have kidney stones or problems with parathyroid gland. Also notify your doctor about pregnancy of if you are breastfeeding. In all these cases the dose of Calcium citrate may have to be adjusted. You should take this medication exactly as your doctor told you for optimal results. The best way to use Calcium citrate is to take it with food.
Most people tolerate Calcium citrate quite well. However, as any medication, Calcium citrate has a number of side effects. Some of the side effects which are not considered to be dangerous include loss of appetite, constipation, nausea and vomiting. You may also notice that your mouth is dry and that you need to drink water more often. Another side effect of Calcium citrate is increased urination. These side effects may go away on their own after your body adjusts to Calcium citrate. In case any of the side effects become severe and persistent, contact your doctor, so he/she could change the course of the treatment. The most common side effects of Calcium citrate are headache and constipation. Some of the other side effects include pain in the bones and muscles, and swallowing difficulties.
Overdose and Allergic Reaction
If you have taken too much of Calcium citrate, you may have an overdose reaction. This reaction may have symptoms such as confusion, hallucination, loss of consciousness or coma. You may also experience nausea, vomiting, constipation and loss of appetite. An allergic reaction to Calcium citrate may include tension in the chest, swelling of the mouth, face or tongue, breathing difficulties and skin disorders, such as rash, irritation or itchiness. In case of any these symptoms, you should stop taking Calcium citrate and contact your doctor as soon as possible.