What is the most important information I should know about Alcalak (calcium carbonate)?
Calcium can make it harder for your body to absorb certain medicines. Tell your doctor about all medicines you use, and those you start or stop using during your treatment with calcium carbonate.
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking Alcalak (calcium carbonate)?
Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to take this medicine if you have other medical conditions, especially:
a history of kidney stones;
a parathyroid gland disorder; or
if you are taking an antibiotic.
Ask a doctor before using this medicine if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Your dose needs may be different during pregnancy or while you are nursing.
Do not give this medicine to a child without medical advice.
How should I take Alcalak (calcium carbonate)?
Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Calcium carbonate works best if you take it with food.
Swallow the calcium carbonate tablet or capsule with a full glass of water.
The chewable tablet should be chewed before you swallow it.
Shake the oral suspension (liquid) well just before you measure a dose. Measure liquid medicine with the dosing syringe provided, or with a special dose-measuring spoon or medicine cup. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.
Use the calcium carbonate powder as directed. Allow the powder to dissolve completely, then consume the mixture.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Usual Adult Dose for Dyspepsia
-Recommended dose: 1000 to 3531 mg orally up to 4 times a day as needed
-Maximum dose: 6750 to 7500 mg/day
-Duration of therapy: Up to 2 weeks
Recommended dose: 500 mg (1 piece) orally every 2 to 4 hours as needed
Maximum dose: 6000 mg/day (12 pieces/day)
Duration of therapy: Up to 2 weeks
Recommended dose: 1250 mg orally as needed for symptoms
Maximum dose: 7500 mg/day
Duration of therapy: Up to 2 weeks
Recommended dose: 1000 mg (1 packet) orally as needed for symptoms
Maximum dose: 8000 mg/day (8 packets/day)
Duration of therapy: Up to 2 week
-This drug should only be used for 2 weeks except under the supervision of a healthcare provider.
Use: Relief of upset stomach due to heartburn, acid indigestion, and/or sour stomach
Calcium carbonate Pregnancy Warnings
Use is considered acceptable. AU TGA pregnancy category: Not formally assigned to a pregnancy category. This class of drugs is generally exempt from pregnancy classification. US FDA pregnancy category: Not formally assigned to a pregnancy category. Risk Summary: Malformative risk with use of this drug at recommended doses in pregnant women is unlikely. Comments: -Patients should limit their daily intake of calcium to 2500 mg. -If patients require iron supplementation, the iron supplements should be taken at different times of the day.
There are no controlled data human pregnancy; however, based on years of use, the malformative risk is unlikely in humans. In some patients, permanent hypercalcemia has resulted in adverse events on the fetus. US FDA pregnancy category Not Assigned: The US FDA has amended the pregnancy labeling rule for prescription drug products to require labeling that includes a summary of risk, a discussion of the data supporting that summary, and relevant information to help health care providers make prescribing decisions and counsel women about the use of drugs during pregnancy. Pregnancy categories A, B, C, D, and X are being phased out.