Calcium Acetate

Description

Calcium Acetate is used to prevent and treat high blood phosphate levels in patients with severe kidney diseases, who are undergoing regular dialysis. This helps in preventing complications associated with the accumulation of excessive phosphate in the blood.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Calcium Acetate

  • Abdominal or stomach pain
  • Confusion
  • Constipation
  • Mild to moderate depression
  • Dry mouth
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Headache
  • Slurred speech
  • Increased urination
  • Loss of appetite
  • Change in taste/ Metallic taste
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Increased thirst
  • Unusual tiredness or weakness
  • Weight loss
  • Itching and rash

Uses of Calcium Acetate

What is it prescribed for?

  • Hyperphosphatemia
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The amount of time taken by this medicine to show its effects is not clinically established.
  • Duration of effect
    The amount of time for which this medicine remains effective in the body is not clinically established.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit-forming tendencies were reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. Your doctor will determine the best course of treatment after evaluating the potential benefits and risks associated with the use of this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. Your doctor will determine the best course of treatment after evaluating the potential benefits and risks associated with the use of this medicine.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to calcium acetate or any other inactive ingredients present in the formulation.

Hypophosphatemia

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with reduced blood phosphate levels (hypophosphatemia) since it will worsen the patient's condition.

Hypercalcemia

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with increased blood calcium levels (hypercalcemia) since it may worsen the patient's condition.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. Your doctor will determine the best course of treatment after evaluating the potential benefits and risks associated with the use of this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. Your doctor will determine the best course of treatment after evaluating the potential benefits and risks associated with the use of this medicine.
General warnings

Other medicines

This medicine may interact with many other medicines and may cause severe adverse effects. Hence, it is advised that you report all your current medicines, including any herbs and supplements, to the doctor before beginning treatment with this medicine.

Use in children

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients less than 18 years of age since safety and efficacy of use are not clinically established.

Renal failure without dialysis

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with renal failure who are not undergoing dialysis. Replacement with a suitable alternative should be considered based on the patient's clinical condition.

Chronic constipation

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients suffering from chronic constipation since it may worsen the patient's condition and cause severe adverse effects. Replacement with a suitable alternative should be considered based on the patient's clinical condition.

Gastro-intestinal blockage

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with blockages or foldings of the gastrointestinal tract since it may worsen the patient's condition and cause severe adverse effects. Replacement with a suitable alternative should be considered based on the patient's clinical condition.

Patients with prolonged immobility

This medicine should be used with extreme caution in patients who are bed-ridden or wheelchair-bound for a long duration due to the increased risk of severe adverse effects. Close monitoring of clinical condition, appropriate dose adjustments, or replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary based on the clinical condition of the patient.

Calcifications

Use of this medicine may increase the risk of calcifications (calcium deposits in the soft tissues, vascular system or renal system) in some patients. This risk is especially higher in patients suffering from hypoparathyroidism or severe kidney diseases. Close monitoring of clinical condition is recommended for these patients. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary based on the clinical condition of the patient.

Missed Dose

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next scheduled dose, then the missed dose can be skipped. Do not use extra medicine to make up for the missed dose.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine

Timolol

Chlorothiazide

Hydrochlorothiazide

Ciprofloxacin

Dolutegravir

Alendronate

Indapamide

Amlodipine

Levo-Thyroxine (Synthetic)

Atenolol

Digoxin

Gatifloxacin

Calcipotriene topical

Disease interactions

Heart rhythm disorders

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with a pre-existing heart rhythm disorder since it may worsen the patient's condition. Close monitoring of heart rhythm is recommended in these patients. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary in some cases based on the clinical condition of the patient.

Malabsorption

This medicine should be used with extreme caution in patients with malabsorption disorders due to the increased risk of severe adverse effects. Close monitoring of clinical condition, appropriate dose adjustments, or replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary in some cases.

Sarcoidosis

This medicine should be used with extreme caution in patients suffering from sarcoidosis due to the increased risk of elevated blood calcium levels and associated severe adverse effects. This medicine should be used in such patients only if absolutely necessary. Replacement with a suitable alternative should be considered based on the clinical condition.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Take this medicine exactly as prescribed by the doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller quantities than recommended. You may be advised to undergo certain tests both before and during the course of treatment to monitor electrolyte levels and clinical condition. Your doctor/dietitian will also suggest an appropriate diet for you during the course of this treatment. Report any unusual symptoms to the doctor immediately. Do not stop the use of any medicine without consulting your doctor.
Miscelleneous

To be taken with food

To be taken as instructed by doctor

May cause sleepiness

How it works
This medicine prevents the absorption of phosphate from food. This helps in reducing the blood levels of phosphate.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Approved

Unknown

Classification

Category

Minerals and electrolytes phosphate binders

Schedule

Schedule H

DailyMed - Calcium acetate tablet, coated [Internet]. Dailymed.nlm.nih.gov. 2018 [cited 19 September 2018]. Available from:

https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=c095727d-d0cb-448a-9325-d7eac27728a3

Calcium Acetate - DrugBank [Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2018 [cited 19 September 2018]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB00258

[Internet]. Medicines.org.uk. 2018 [cited 19 September 2018]. Available from:

https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/files/pil.47.pdf

[Internet]. Mri.cts-mrp.eu. 2018 [cited 19 September 2018]. Available from:

https://mri.cts-mrp.eu/Human/Downloads/NL_H_0887_001_FinalPI_1of4.pdf

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Information on this page was last updated on 20 Sep 2018

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