Calcium acetate - oral

Patient Medicine Information
Why do I need this medicine?
Calcium acetate is used remove excess phosphates from your body when it has too much. It is usually given in addition to your other kidney treatment.
How do I take this medicine?
Take Calcium acetate exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

Take it together with food or immediately after a meal.
What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
If you miss a dose, do not take the missed dose in between meals. Take the next scheduled dose with the next meal.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.
When should I not use this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you have the following conditions:
  • hypercalcaemia (abnormally high levels of calcium in the blood)
  • kidney stone (abnormal stone-like mass formation in the kidney)
as Calcium acetate may not be suitable for you.
What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:
  • kidney disease
  • hypoparathyroid disease (low level of parathyroid hormone in the body)
  • other conditions that may cause high levels of calcium in the blood
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

For as long as you are taking this medicine, you may need to have regular blood tests to check the calcium, phosphorus and parathyroid hormone level in your blood, while you are being treated with this medicine. Your doctor will advise you about how often you need to have these tests.
What side effects could I experience?
Calcium acetate may cause any of the following side effects: hypercalcaemia (abnormally high levels of calcium in the blood), diarrhoea, constipation, bloating and gas.

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Can I take this with other medicines?
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:
  • vitamin D supplements
  • medicines for heart problems e.g. digoxin, verapamil, gallopamil
  • antibiotics e.g. ciprofloxacin, doxycycline
  • antacids containing calcium
This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Calcium acetate.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Avoid alcohol.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
This information is independently developed by MIMS based on calcium acetate - oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2021 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by
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