Webber (Calcium Carbonate)

WEBBER® CALCIUM CARBONATE

Novartis Consumer Health

Calcium Carbonate

Calcium Supplement

Indications And Clinical Uses: As a dietary supplement where calcium intake may be inadequate: childhood and adolescence, pregnancy and lactation, postmenopausal females and in the aged. In the treatment of calcium deficiency states which may occur in diseases such as: tetany of the newborn (as a supplement to parenterally administered calcium), hypoparathyroidism and senile osteoporosis, rickets and osteomalacia.

Contra-Indications: Hypercalcemia and hypercalcinuria (e.g. in hyperparathyroidism, vitamin D overdosage, decalcifying tumors such as plasmocytoma, bone metastases), severe renal disease, calcium loss due to immobilization.

Precautions: In mild hypercalcinuria (exceeding 300 mg/24 hours) as well as in chronic renal failure, or where there is evidence of stone formation in the urinary tract, adequate checks must be kept on urinary calcium excretion. If necessary, the dosage should be reduced or calcium therapy discontinued. High vitamin D intake should be avoided during calcium therapy unless specially indicated. Administration of corticosteroids may interfere with calcium absorption.

Calcium compounds reduce blood concentrations of oral tetracyclines. Concomitant use should be avoided, or doses of the drugs should not be taken within 1 hour of each other.

Although certain dietary substances interfere with the absorption of calcium, including oxalic acid (found in large quantities in rhubarb and spinach), phytic acid (bran and whole cereals) and phosphorus (milk and other dairy products) clinical significance has not been proven.

Adverse Reactions: Occasional diarrhea or constipation may occur with high calcium intake.

Dosage And Administration: Adults: 1 to 3 tablets (500 to 1 500 mg) daily in divided doses or as recommended by physician.

Children: 1 to 2 tablets (500 to 1 000 mg) daily in divided doses or as recommended by physician.

Availability And Storage: Each grey, film-coated, elongated tablet contains: calcium carbonate 1 250 mg from oyster shell, providing 500 mg (25 mEq) of elemental calcium. Nonmedicinal ingredients: gum arabic, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium starch glycolate. Bottles of 100.

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