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CALCIUM CARBONATE ANTACID - CHEWABLE TABLETS

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

CALCIUM CARBONATE ANTACID - CHEWABLE TABLETS

(KAL-see-um KAR-buh-nate)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Dicarbosil, Rolaids, Titralac, Tums

Uses

This medication is an antacid used to relieve upset stomach, heartburn or gas caused by stomach acid.

How To Use

Take this by mouth as directed. Chew thoroughly and swallow. Do not swallow the tablets whole. Follow each dose with a full glass of water. Do not increase the dose or take this more often than prescribed. If you feel your dose is not effective, consult your doctor.

Side Effects

This medication is generally well tolerated. Constipation or stomach cramps may occur. Notify your doctor if they continue or become severe. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these serious side effects occur: loss of appetite, vomiting, dizziness, headache. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

Before taking this, tell your doctor if you have: kidney disease, any allergies. Avoid taking more doses than recommended. This medication is considered safe for use during pregnancy or breast-feeding when used as directed.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of any nonprescription or prescription medication you may take including: certain antibiotics (e.g., tetracyclines, quinolones), demeclocycline, methacycline, verapamil (a calcium channel blocker), quinidine, sodium polystyrene sulfonate, iron-containing products. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, tiredness, and weakness.

Notes

There are various forms of this medication available. The chewable tablets offer convenience but the liquid form is faster acting. Talk to your health care provider or pharmacist about the best product for you. If your condition does not improve or worsens, contact your doctor or pharmacist. If your stools become dark in color or you vomit what looks like coffee grounds, contact your doctor as these may be signs of stomach bleeding

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as remembered do not take it if it is near the time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.

Storage

Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom.