Apcal Forte 400/75/4Mg /200Iu Tablet 15
Calcium carbonate: Calcium carbonate is essential for the human body for various purposes. Calcium carbonate can be taken together with Vitamin D to treat bone problems such as thinning of bones. In kidney failure patients, calcium carbonate helps to reduce the parathyroid hormone levels. Calcium carbonate is also used to treat the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) (e.g. mood swings, pain, food cravings, bloating, etc.) in women Vitamin D3: Vitamin D3 is used to treat hyperparathyroidism (increased production of the hormones). In patients with chronic kidney failure, vitamin D3 helps to treat metabolic bone disease and calcium deficiency. It is given during the treatment of rickets disease in children (a bone deformation disorder) which occurs due to vitamin D deficiency. Zinc: Zinc is an essential mineral that is available as a dietary supplement. Zinc helps in bone mineralization and maintaining bone matrix. It also improves the immune system, aids in wound healing and cell division, and metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Magnesium: Magnesium is a laxative agent which is used in the treatment of constipation. It acts as an antacid and is used for indigestion problems, heartburn, and sour stomach.
How does the drug work ?
Calcium carbonate: Calcium carbonate is an essential mineral for the formation of bones. Increase in the levels of calcium in the blood inhibits the parathyroid gland from secreting the parathyroid hormone. Calcium carbonate works by neutralizing the acid in the stomach. Correcting the calcium levels helps in the adequate release of chemical substances from the brain involved in regulating the ovarian hormones, thus, reducing PMS symptoms. Vitamin D3: Vitamin D3 is a steroid hormone which binds to the vitamin D receptors and helps in the absorption of calcium. Zinc: Zinc supplements are required for the normal growth of the body. Magnesium: Magnesium acts by increasing the water content in the intestine which helps in inducing defecation. Being basic in nature, this medicine also decreases the effect of stomach acid by neutralizing it.
What are the common side effects ?Calcium carbonate: The common side effects of calcium carbonate include belching, gas formation, bloating, and constipation. Vitamin D3: The common side effects of vitamin D3 are fatigue, weakness, sleepiness, headache, dry mouth, metallic taste, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, etc. However, these side effects do not occur at the normal doses and are seen in only a few patients. Zinc: The common side effects of zinc are vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and metallic taste in the mouth. Magnesium: The common side effects of magnesium include drowsiness and flushing (redness, warmth, or tingling sensation).
Important Information for Safe Use:
• Avoid using Apcal forte Medicine if allergic to any of the ingredients in it.
• Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol when using Apcal forte medicine.
• Use Apcal forte medicine only when prescribed by the doctor..
• Do not use any kind of herbal supplements along with Apcal forte.
• Take medical consultation before using Apcal forte Medicine during pregnancy and breast feeding.
1. I have low stomach acid levels. How should I take calcium carbonate tablets? Low levels of stomach acid can reduce the absorption of calcium. Therefore, you must take the tablets with meals to increase the absorption.
2. Can I take thyroid stimulating medications along with calcium carbonate? Calcium carbonate can interfere with the thyroid medications. Therefore, take these drugs with a time gap of at least 4 hours.
3. Can I take antibiotics and calcium carbonate together? Absorption of some of the antibiotics gets lowered in the presence of calcium carbonate. Therefore, give a gap of at least 1 hour between taking the two drugs.
4. What is the dose of calcium carbonate for heartburn? Usually, 0.5-
1.5 grams of the antacid calcium carbonate helps to relieve heartburn. However, you must consult a doctor to know the right dose for you.
5. Should I take calcium carbonate tablets with food or without food? It is better to take calcium carbonate tablets with food to promote absorption of the medicine.
6. Can I take calcium carbonate tablets during pregnancy? Yes. It is safe to take the recommended doses of calcium carbonate during pregnancy. Vitamin D3:
1. Can I take antacids while using vitamin D3? Vitamin D3 can interfere with the absorption of some of the antacids. Therefore, take only those antacids which are prescribed by your doctor.
2. What is the dose of vitamin D3 for adults in the treatment of hyperparathyroidism? The usual initial dose of vitamin D3 for adults in the treatment of hyperparathyroidism is 0.25 mcg per day, taken orally. This may be later increased to 0.5 mcg later if required.
3. What happens if I forget to take a dose of vitamin D3? It is not very harmful and you need not worry. Take the next dose at its scheduled time leaving the missed dose if it is too late.
4. What happens with an overdose of vitamin D3? An overdose of vitamin D3 can lead to some serious side effects such as behavioral changes and needs immediate medical help.
5. How to store vitamin D3? Store them in the original package, away from heat, light, moisture and children. Magnesium:
1. How long can I use oral magnesium? Magnesium should not be used for more than 7 days without a doctor’s advice.
2. How to take magnesium hydroxide? Shake the oral suspension well before use. In the case of chewable tablets, chew them well before swallowing.
3. What happens with an overdose of magnesium? Overdose of magnesium produces symptoms such as severe diarrhea, weakness, reduced or no urination, irregular or slow heartbeat. Seek immediate medical attention.
4. What is the dose of magnesium for constipation in adults? The usual dose for constipation in adults is 30-60mL of oral liquid either in divided doses or once daily. In the case of chewable tablets, 8 tablets may be taken per day either in divided doses or a single dose.
5. What happens if magnesium is taken by the bedridden elderly patient? Magnesium hydroxide should not be taken by the bedridden elderly patients because of the risk of aspiration. Zinc:
1. Is zinc an over-the-counter medication? Yes. Zinc is used as an ingredient in many over-the-counter vitamin and nutrient supplements.
2. What is the recommended dietary intake of zinc? The recommended dietary intake of zinc is 4 to 7 mg per day for women and
5.5 to 9.5 mg per day for men.
3. What are the dietary sources of zinc? Milk, eggs, cheese, nuts, pulses, and wholegrain cereals are the dietary sources of zinc.
4. What are the safety precautions for taking a zinc supplement? You need to take the medication as prescribed by your doctor. Usually, it is considered safe in recommended doses even in infants, children, pregnant and lactating women.
5. Can I take antibiotics while using zinc supplement? Antibiotics may interact with zinc. So, you should take a doctor’s advice before taking antibiotics along with zinc supplements.