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Calcium citrate

Generic Name: calcium citrate (KAL see um SIT rayt)
Brand Name: Citracal, Cit Calcium (obsolete), Citracal Liquitab, Calcitrate
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Drug Information:
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 citrate is used to prevent and to treat calcium deficiencies. Calcium citrate may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide. Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use. Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to take calcium citrate if you have ever had: Learn more

Calcium citrate Side Effects

Calcium citrate Side Effects

Applies to calcium citrate: oral capsule, oral tablet

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Signs of high calcium levels like weakness, confusion, feeling tired, headache, upset stomach and throwing up, constipation, or bone pain.
  • Mood changes.

What are some other side effects of this drug?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • Constipation.
  • Upset stomach or throwing up.
  • Stomach pain.
  • Not hungry.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.

More about calcium citrate

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  • Drug class: minerals and electrolytes

Consumer resources

  • Calcium citrate

Other brands: Calcitrate

Professional resources

Related treatment guides

  • Osteoporosis
  • Dietary Supplementation

Editorial References and Review

Medically reviewed by BestRx Medical Team Last updated on 1/1/2020.

Source: Drugs.com Calcium Citrate