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Adcal 1500mg chewable tablets
Adcal® 1500 mg Chewable Tablets
1. What Adcal is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you take Adcal
3. How to take Adcal
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Adcal
6. Contents of the pack and other information
Adcal contains calcium which is essential for healthy bones and teeth. Adcal provides extra calcium to your diet. It is therefore used in conditions where your body’s calcium levels need to be increased. Adcal can be prescribed by doctors for certain bone conditions.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Adcal.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you:
Tell your doctor if you are taking calcium supplements or antacids for indigestion, digitalis drugs (e.g. Lanoxin), diuretics or corticosteroids.
If you are taking thyroxine, bisphosphonates, iron or fluoride medicines, tetracycline or quinolone antibiotics make sure your doctor knows this. When taking these medicines leave a period of about 4 hours before taking your Adcal tablets. Do not take them at the same time.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines including medicines obtained without a prescription.
This medicine should not be taken within 2 hours of eating foods rich in oxalic acid (e.g. spinach and rhubarb), phosphate (e.g. bran), or phytic acid (e.g. whole cereals).
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.
In pregnancy or when breast feeding, Adcal should only be used under medical supervision.
The tablets contain a small amount of sugar and may be harmful to the teeth if used for a prolonged period.
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Adults, elderly and children - 2 tablets daily, ideally one tablet taken in the morning and one in the evening, just before, during or straight after a meal.
Adcal tablets should be chewed. Do not swallow whole.
If you take more Adcal than you should - You should only take what your doctor recommends. If you take too many Adcal tablets contact your doctor or pharmacist if you can do so. If not, go to the nearest hospital casualty department immediately, taking the Adcal pack and remaining tablets with you.
If you forget to take Adcal - If you forget to take your tablet, take it as soon as possible and continue to take the tablets as normal. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten tablet.
If you stop taking Adcal – Always talk to your doctor or pharmacist before stopping using Adcal.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Rare side effects (affecting fewer than 1 in 1,000 people)
If you are on long term treatment your doctor may, from time to time wish to check the level of calcium in your blood and take urine samples to monitor kidney function.
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme: Website: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
The tablets are white, flat faced and circular in shape.
Adcal tablets are provided in packs of 100 tablets.
If you have been prescribed Adcal Chewable Tablets for the treatment or prevention of osteoporosis and would like further information you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist.
This leaflet was last revised in 06/2022