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How to use Calcium chloride

Brand Name(s): Calcium chloride, Calcium disodium versenate

Generic Name Calcium Salts injection

What are calcium salts injections?

CALCIUM SALTS (Calcium chloride, Calcium gluconate, Kalcinate® and others) are needed by the body to maintain normal nerve, muscle, bone, blood, and tissue structure and function. Calcium supplements treat or prevent calcium deficiency in patients whose calcium needs are greater than the amounts supplied by a normal diet (most often children, teenagers, pregnant or nursing women, or post-menopausal women). Calcium helps prevent the bone disease osteoporosis, in which bones become porous and easily broken. Calcium may also help remove too much potassium or magnesium from the body; to bind phosphate during dialysis; or to improve heart function. Generic injections of calcium salts are available.

What should my health care professional know before I receive calcium salts?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • dehydration
  • diarrhea
  • digitalis poisoning
  • heart rhythm problems
  • sarcoidosis
  • too much calcium in the blood or urine, or history of stones in the urine
  • too much phosphate in the blood
  • too much vitamin D
  • under-active parathyroid
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to calcium, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

How should I use this medicine?

Calcium salts are for injection into a muscle or into a vein. They are given by a health-care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.

What if I miss a dose?

This does not apply.

What drug(s) may interact with calcium salts?

  • etidronate
  • gallium
  • magnesium salts
  • medicines for angina or high blood pressure
  • heart medicine such as digoxin
  • quinidine
  • sodium phosphate
  • verapamil
  • water pills

Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.

What side effects may I notice from receiving calcium salts?

Serious side effects from calcium salts are uncommon but can occur with large doses, long-term use, or in patients with kidney disease.

Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • confusion
  • constipation
  • depression
  • dizziness or fainting spells
  • drowsiness
  • dry mouth
  • flushing
  • headache
  • increased thirst
  • increased volume of urine or frequency in passing urine
  • irregular heartbeat
  • loss of appetite
  • lower back pain or pain and difficulty passing urine
  • nausea, vomiting
  • sweating
  • unusual tiredness or weakness

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • pain or irritation at the injection site

What should I watch for while taking calcium salts?

Calcium supplementation is not a suitable substitute for a well-balanced diet and program of exercise. Weight-bearing exercise (walking, jogging, dancing, or aerobics) is essential to maintaining strong bones. Calcium is a normal part of a regular diet. Foods that contain significant amounts of calcium include: milk, cheese, yogurt, sardines, salmon, shrimp, and tofu (bean curd). Ask your prescriber or health care professional about the need to take extra calcium.

Where can I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 °C (59 and 86 °F); do not freeze. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

(Note: The above information is not intended to replace the advice of your physician, pharmacist, or other healthcare professional. It is not meant to indicate that the use of the product is safe, appropriate, or effective for you.)

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