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Information on Calcium Carbonate

Calcium carbonate is a dietary type of supplement intended for use by those who suffer from calcium deficiency and do not ingest sufficient amounts of calcium via their normal diet. The human body requires calcium for the normal functioning of the heart, nervous system, muscles and bones. Calcium carbonate is also known for its potent antacid properties so it can be used for the treatment of an upset stomach, acid indigestion and heartburn. One can purchase calcium carbonate supplements without a subscription. Calcium carbonate supplements may be purchased in the form of capsules, chewable tablets, ordinary tablets or in the form of a liquid. They should be taken according to the dosage prescribed by a doctor or following the instructions from the package label. The supplement is usually taken with meals, and it should not be used for more than 2 weeks.

Measures of Precaution and Side Effects

One must always consult a doctor before using calcium carbonate supplements. A person may be allergic to them. It is also important to tell the doctor if any other medicaments or vitamin supplements are taken at the time, because calcium supplements may decrease their effectiveness. Those who have had various stomach conditions or kidney diseases need to be extra careful before using calcium carbonate supplements. The same can be said for women who pregnant, planning to become pregnant and of course all the breastfeeding mothers. If a person forgets a dose it should be taken as soon as possible. If it is almost time for the person’s next dose, the skipped one must be missed and the dosing schedule should then be continued. One should never take double dose in order to make up for the one that has been missed. Calcium carbonate supplements may sometimes be associated with the occurrence of certain side effects. They may also get very severe in certain cases, so if that occurs one must seek immediate medical attention. The most common side effects of calcium carbonate supplements may include an upset stomach, metallic taste in the mouth, vomiting, loss of appetite, stomach pain, increased or frequent urination, belching, dry mouth and sometimes even constipation. The supplements need to be kept in their container and should be placed out of reach of children. It can be stored at room temperature, in a dry place. In case of calcium carbonate overdose, one must seek immediate medical attention.

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