Calcichew-D3 Forte Chewable Tablets
Calcium Carbonate / Colecalciferol Equivalent to 500mg Calcium / 400IU Colecalciferol
1. WHAT CALCICHEW- D3 FORTE ARE AND WHAT THEY ARE USED FOR
Calcichew- D3 Forte are lemon flavoured chewable tablets. They contain the active ingredients:
• Calcium (1250g calcium carbonate: equivalent to 500mg calcium)
• vitamin D3 (400IU colecalciferol: equivalent to 10 micrograms vitamin D3)
Both calcium and vitamin D are found in the diet and vitamin D is also produced in the skin after exposure to the sun.
Calcichew- D3 Forte Chewable Tablets may be prescribed by doctors or recommended by pharmacists to treat and prevent vitamin D/calcium deficiency, or when the diet or lifestyle does not provide enough, or when body requirements are increased. This medicine may also be prescribed or recommended for certain bone conditions, for example osteoporosis, or in pregnancy.
2. BEFORE YOU TAKE CALCICHEW- D3 FORTE
Do not take Calcichew- D3 Forte if you:
• are allergic (hypersensitive) to any of the ingredients
• are allergic (hypersensitive) to soya or peanuts
• have a condition causing high levels of calcium in your blood or urine (hypercalcaemia or hypercalciuria) e.g.
renal (kidney failure)
cancer that has affected your bones
• have high levels of vitamin D in your blood
• have kidney stones.
Take special care with Calcichew- D3 Forte :
If any of the following applies to you, please tell your doctor:
• phenylketonuria (a deficiency in the enzyme which breaks down phenylalanine) as these tablets contain aspartame, a source of phenylalanine
• brittle bones (osteoporosis) as a result of being immobile
• taking medicines for your heart, or diuretics
• a high tendency to kidney stone (calculus) formation
• cancer or any other condtions that may have affected your bones.
If you have any of the following conditions your serum calcium or phosphate levels, or urinary calcium excretion must be monitored. Calcichew should be taken under close medical supervision.
• sarcoidosis (an immune system disorder which may affect your liver, lungs, skin or lymph nodes)
• kidney problems
• you are on long-term treatment with Calcichew
• you are already taking additional doses of calcium or vitamin D. Calcichew should be taken under close medical supervision
If you have increased calcium levels in the blood or develop signs of kidney problems, the dose of Calcichew-D3 Forte should be reduced or the treatment discontinued.
Taking other medicines
Please inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription.
In particular, the following medicines may interact with Calcichew-D3 Forte tablets:
• diuretics (water tablets); your serum calcium levels should be monitored regularly.
• heart medicines (cardiac glycosides); you should be monitored by electrocardiogram and your serum calcium levels measured.
• corticosteroids (e.g. prednisolone, dexamethasone); your dose of Calcichew- D3 Forte may need to be increased
• laxatives (such as paraffin oil) or a cholesterol-lowering drug called colestyramine.
• tetracycline antibiotics; these should be taken at least two hours before, or four to six hours afterwards.
• Hormones (levothyroxine); these should be taken at least four hours before, or afterwards.
• Anti-infectives (Quinolones: Ciprofloxacin, lomefloxacin, norfloxacin, sparfloxacin): please speak with your doctor.
• fluoride, or bisphosphonates; Calcichew- D3 Forte should be taken at least three hours afterwards.
Taking Calcichew- D3 Forte with food and drink
Calcichew- D3 Forte should not be taken within 2 hours of eating foods rich in oxalic acid (found in spinach and rhubarb) or phytic acid (found in whole cereals).
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice if you are pregnant or breast-feeding before taking Calcichew- D3 Forte.
Driving and using machines
Calcichew- D3 Forte has no known effect on your ability to drive or use machines.
Important information about some of the ingredients of Calcichew- D3 Forte
The following are ingredients in this product:
• Sorbitol, isomalt and sucrose: if you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, talk to your doctor before taking this medicine.
• Aspartame contains a source of phenylalanine and may be harmful to people with phenylketonuria (a deficiency in the enzyme which breaks down phenylalanine).
• Hydrogenated soya bean oil: if you are allergic to peanut or soya, do not use this medicinal product
3. HOW TO TAKE CALCICHEW- D3 FORTE
Always take Calcichew- D3 Forte Chewable Tablets exactly as your doctor has told you. You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Adults and elderly:
Chew or suck the two tablets a day, preferably one tablet in the morning and one in the evening.
Calcichew- D3 Forte Chewable Tablets are not recommended for use in children
If you take more than you should
If you accidentally take more Calcichew- D3 Forte Chewable Tablets than you should, you may have an increase in your blood calcium levels.
Symptoms of this are: excessive thirst, nausea, vomiting, constipation, abdominal pain, muscle weakness, tiredness, mental disturbances, lack of appetite, bone pain, having to pass more water than usual, kidney problems and, in severe cases, irregular heartbeat.
Very rarely in addition: irritability, continuing headache, lightheadedness, muscle spasms, twitches and tingling sensation.
Do not take any more Calcichew-D3 Forte and contact your doctor or emergency department as soon as possible. Take the packet and any remaining tablets with you.
If you forget to take Calcichew- D3 Forte
If you forget to take a dose, leave out that dose completely. Take your next dose when it is due. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE-EFFECTS
Like all medicines, Calcichew- D3 Forte can cause side-effects, although not everybody gets them.
Side effects with Calcichew- D3 Forte may include:
Uncommon side-effects (affecting less than 1 in 100 people):
• too much calcium in your blood (hypercalcaemia) – the symptoms include nausea, vomiting, lack of appetite, constipation, stomach ache, bone pain, extreme thirst, a need to pass more water than usual, muscle weakness, drowsiness and confusion.
• too much calcium in your urine (hypercalciuria)
Rare side-effects (affecting less than 1 in 1000 people):
- stomach ache
- wind (flatulence)
Very rare side-effects (affecting less than 1 in 10000 people):
- Milk alkali syndrome
If any of these side-effects become serious, or if you notice any side-effect(s) not listed in this post, please talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
5. HOW TO STORE CALCICHEW-D3 FORTE
Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Store in the original package and protect from moisture. Do not store above 30°C
Do not use Calcichew- D3 Forte Chewable Tablets after the expiry date which is stated on the label after EXP. The expiry date refers to the last date of that month. If the tablets have changed shape or colour do not use.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required. These measures will help to protect the environment.
6. FURTHER INFORMATION
What Calcichew-D3 Forte Chewable Tablets contain The active ingredients in each tablet are:
• 1250g calcium carbonate (equivalent to 500mg calcium)
• 400IU colecalciferol (equivalent to 10 micrograms vitamin D3)
The other ingredients are: sorbitol (E420), povidone, isomalt (E953), fatty acid mono- and di-glycerides, magnesium stearate, lemon flavour, aspartame (E951), sucrose, gelatin, hydrogenated soya bean oil, tocopherol and maize starch.
This product is gluten and lactose free.
What Calcichew-D3 Forte look like and contents of the pack
The tablets are round, white, uncoated convex and lemon flavoured; they may have small specks.
The tablets are packed in white, plastic bottles of 60 or 100 tablets.
Calcichew-D3 Forte are a combination of calcium and vitamin D designed to keep bones healthy. Calcium is an essential component of bones while vitamin D plays an important role in the absorption of calcium from food.
Requirements for calcium increase with age and, although many people obtain enough calcium from their diet, some people may require a supplement in order that their body has all the calcium it needs to maintain healthy bones. Vitamin D is produced largely from the action of sunlight. Certain foodstuffs do contain vitamin D in reasonable amounts but it is not always possible to obtain all the vitamin D you need from your diet. People who do not get out and about, for instance those who are housebound or people living in nursing and residential homes, may not receive all the vitamin D they need.
People with diets and lifestyles that mean they will obtain less than the recommended intake of calcium and vitamin D are at risk of weakened bones. Prolonged lack of adequate calcium and vitamin D intake can lead to the development of osteoporosis, a condition where bones become weak to a level that minimal trauma (for example, a fall) can result in a fracture, most typically at the hip, spine or wrist.
Calcichew-D3 Forte have been designed to give people whose intakes of calcium and vitamin D are low a boost to the recommended amounts.
Maintaining healthy bones and helping to avoid osteoporosis is an important issue for many people. There are many ways that people can help themselves: regular exercise, a balanced diet with an adequate intake of calcium and vitamin D and, for some people, advice on how to prevent falls which may lead to fracture.