Calcium Carbonate [Coral source] + Vitamin D3

Composition

Each tablet contains-
  • 1250 mg of Coral Calcium Carbonate USP equivalent to 500 mg of elemental Calcium and
  • 200 IU as Cholecalciferol USP equivalent to Vitamin D3.

Indications

This is indicated for the treatment & prevention of osteoporosis, osteomalacia, tetany, hypoparathyroidism, disorders of osteogenesis. Also used as supplement in case of inadequate intake of Calcium in childhood diet, rickets, pregnancy & lactation, elderly patients. Other indications include pancreatitis, phosphate binder in chronic renal failure etc.

Therapeutic Class

Specific mineral & vitamin combined preparations

Pharmacology

This is a Calcium and Vitamin D3 preparation where Calcium Carbonate is sourced from coral origin. The Calcium Carbonate from Coral has a chemical structure that is very similar to the composition of human bone. Coral Calcium is similar to other sources but ensures better absorption. Vitamin D3 aids in the absorption of Calcium from GI tract and helps to maintain Calcium balance in the body.

Dosage & Administration

One tablet once or twice daily with plenty of water or as directed by the physician. Taking in full stomach ensures better absorption.

Interaction

Oral Calcium can reduce the absorption of tetracycline & fluoride preparations and minimum 3 hours time should be allowed between ingestion of these medications. Thiazide diuretics reduces the renal excretion of Calcium. Phenytoin, barbiturates, glucocorticoids may induce metabolism of Vitamin D3. Concomitant ingestion of certain foods like spinach, cereals, milk and its derivatives may reduce the intestinal uptake of Calcium.

Contraindications

Hypersensitivity to any of the components, hypocalcaemia resulting from overdose of Vitamin D3, hyperparathyroidism, bone metastases, severe renal insufficiency, severe hypercalciuria, renal calculi etc.

Side Effects

Flatulence, diarrhoea, constipation, upper GI discomfort etc. are rare manifestation. Hypercalcaemia due to prolong use has rarely been reported.

Pregnancy & Lactation

This can be given to pregnant and lactating mothers as per recommendation of physician.

Precautions & Warnings

In presence of mild hypercalciuria, careful monitoring with reduction of dose may be needed. Plasma and serum Calcium level should be monitored in mild to moderate renal impairment and also in case of long-term use. Patients with renal stones or with such previous history should also take precautions.

Overdose Effects

At high doses it may result in nausea, vomiting, dizziness, anorexia, abdominal cramps, headache, constipation, irritability etc. Treatment includes cessation of therapy and adequate rehydration.

Storage Conditions

Store at temperature of below 30°C, protect from light & moisture. Keep out of reach of children.

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