Generic Name: calcium glubionate (KAL see um glue BYE oh nate)Brand names: Calciquid, Neo-Calglucon, Calcionate
Calcium is a mineral that is found naturally in foods. Calcium is necessary for many normal functions of the body, especially bone formation and maintenance. Calcium can also bind to other minerals (such as phosphate) and aid in their removal from the body.
Calcium glubionate is used to prevent and to treat calcium deficiencies.
Calcium glubionate may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.
Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you
have had kidney stones;
have parathyroid gland disease;
take antacids or other calcium supplements; or
take a tetracycline antibiotic such as tetracycline (Sumycin, Achromycin V, and others), demeclocycline (Declomycin), doxycycline (Vibramycin, Monodox, Doxy, and others), minocycline (Minocin, Dynacin, and others), or oxytetracycline (Terramycin, and others).
You may not be able to take calcium glubionate, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment if you have any of the conditions, or take any of the medications, listed above.Talk to your doctor before taking calcium glubionate if you are pregnant. In general, calcium is important for the development of an unborn baby. Talk to your doctor before taking calcium glubionate if you are breast-feeding. Calcium is important for the development of a breast-feeding baby.
Take calcium glubionate exactly as directed by your doctor or follow the directions on the package. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.
To ensure that you get the correct dose of medicine, measure the liquid form of calcium glubionate with a dose-measuring spoon or cup, not with a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist where you can get one. Since calcium glubionate is available as a syrup, it does not need to be shaken before measuring a dose.Take calcium with meals to increase its absorption by the body, unless otherwise directed by your doctor. Store calcium glubionate at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
See also: Calcium glubionate dosage in more detail
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and take only the next regularly scheduled dose. Do not take a double dose of this medicine unless your doctor directs otherwise.
Symptoms of a calcium overdose include nausea, vomiting, decreased appetite, constipation, confusion, delirium, stupor, and coma.
Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take calcium glubionate and notify your doctor if you experience
nausea or vomiting;
dry mouth or increased thirst; or
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.
Usual Adult Dose for Hypocalcemia:
15 mL orally 3 times a day before meals. Each 5 mL provides 115 mg of elemental calcium. Treatment may also consist of vitamin D orally.
Usual Adult Dose for Hypoparathyroidism:
5 to 15 mL orally 3 times a day before meals. Treatment of this disease may also consist of vitamin D.
Usual Adult Dose for Pseudohypoparathyroidism:
5 to 15 mL orally once a day before the morning meal. Treatment of this disease may also consist of vitamin D.
Usual Adult Dose for Osteoporosis:
15 mL orally 1 to 3 times a day before meals. Osteoporosis can be affected by increased serum parathyroid hormone, excessive alcohol intake, tobacco use, certain drugs (corticosteroids, anticonvulsants, heparin, thyroid hormone), dietary vitamin D, and weight bearing exercise.
Usual Adult Dose for Osteomalacia:
5 to 10 mL orally 3 times a day before meals. Treatment may also include vitamin D.
Usual Pediatric Dose for Hypocalcemia:
0 to 4 weeks: 1200 mg/kg/day in 4 to 6 divided doses.1 month to 12 years: 600 to 2000 mg/kg/day orally in 4 divided doses up to a maximum of 9 g/day.
Before taking calcium glubionate, tell your doctor if you are taking
digoxin (Lanoxin, Lanoxicaps);
antacids containing calcium or aluminum;
other calcium supplements;
calcitriol (Rocaltrol) or vitamin D supplements; or
a tetracycline antibiotic such as tetracycline (Sumycin, Achromycin V, and others), demeclocycline (Declomycin), doxycycline (Vibramycin, Monodox, Doxy, and others), minocycline (Minocin, Dynacin, and others), or oxytetracycline (Terramycin, and others).
You may not be able to take calcium glubionate, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during your treatment if you are taking any of the medicines listed above.
Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with calcium glubionate. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any other prescription or over-the-counter medicines or herbal/health supplements.