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Information on Calcium Carbonate

Calcium carbonate is a dietary type of supplement intendedfor use by those who suffer from calcium deficiency and do not ingestsufficient amounts of calcium via their normal diet. The human body requirescalcium for the normal functioning of the heart, nervous system, muscles andbones. Calcium carbonate is also known for its potent antacid properties so itcan be used for the treatment of an upset stomach, acid indigestion andheartburn. One can purchase calcium carbonate supplements without asubscription. Calcium carbonate supplements may be purchased in the form ofcapsules, chewable tablets, ordinary tablets or in the form of a liquid. Theyshould be taken according to the dosage prescribed by a doctor or following theinstructions from the package label. The supplement is usually taken withmeals, 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 calciumcarbonate supplements. A person may be allergic to them. It is also importantto tell the doctor if any other medicaments or vitamin supplements are taken atthe time, because calcium supplements may decrease their effectiveness. Thosewho have had various stomach conditions or kidney diseases need to be extracareful before using calcium carbonate supplements. The same can be said forwomen who pregnant, planning to become pregnant and of course all thebreastfeeding mothers. If a person forgets a dose it should be taken as soon aspossible. If it is almost time for the person’s next dose, the skipped one mustbe missed and the dosing schedule should then be continued. One should nevertake double dose in order to make up for the one that has been missed. Calciumcarbonate supplements may sometimes be associated with the occurrence ofcertain side effects. They may also get very severe in certain cases, so ifthat occurs one must seek immediate medical attention. The most common sideeffects of calcium carbonate supplements may include an upset stomach, metallictaste in the mouth, vomiting, loss of appetite, stomach pain, increased orfrequent urination, belching, dry mouth and sometimes even constipation. Thesupplements need to be kept in their container and should be placed out ofreach of children. It can be stored at room temperature, in a dry place. Incase of calcium carbonate overdose, one must seek immediate medical attention.

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