Calac review

Calac, or calcium acetate, is a necessary mineral that the body requires to perform numerous basic functions. Many patients take Calac to help build their bone density or to maintain bone density, depending on their age, while others take it to help control levels of phosphate in the body as a result of kidney failure. Calac can be purchased in numerous forms and under the brand names, Calphron, PhosLos, and PhosLo Gelcap. Calac removes excess phosphate by binding to the molecules and rendering it useless.

Patients with high levels of calcium in the blood should not take Calac. Patients should have their calcium levels checked before starting the supplement, since too much calcium can cause illness. Patients taking prescription digoxin should not take calcium supplements.

The Food and Drug Administration rated Calac and calcium based supplements a pregnancy risk category C. This means it is possible for this medication to cause harm to an unborn baby. It has not yet been determined if Calac will cause harm to a nursing child. Women who are pregnant, could become pregnant, or are nursing should discuss the risks of taking this supplement and their nutritional needs thoroughly with their doctor.

Patients should take this medication with meals as prescribed. Patients should also have their blood tested regularly to be certain that it is not doing any harm. Some patients are required to keep food diaries to help judge the amount of calcium they are receiving through their diet.

If a dose has been missed, it can be taken when it is remembered. Some patients need to take their Calac with food and may prefer to skip the dose. If there isn't much time between doses, the missed dose should be skipped and the dosing should resume with the next regular dose. Patients should avoid taking double doses, as this can lead to overdosing.

Too much calcium in the blood can have serious effects, and an overdose should be treated like a medical emergency. Patients may experience dry mouth, constipation, confusion, feeling thirsty, a frequent need to urinate, wamble, lack of appetite, fainting, coma, and in some cases, death.

Patients should not take antacids with Calac unless the physician has instructed them to do so.

In some patients, Calac will produce allergic reactions, which require immediate medical attention. Allergic reactions include skin edema of the face, lips, mouth, tongue, and throat, hives, and difficulty breathing.

Less serious side effects include constipation, wamble, emesis, dry mouth, loss of appetite, increased thirst, and significant increase in urination. These side effects generally require nothing more than noting them to your doctor unless they are particularly bothersome.

Some medications may cause negative interactions with Calac. Patients should never take any additional medication without conferring with their doctor. Medications such as demeclocycline, tetracycline, doxycycline, and minocycline can cause severe interactions. Some patients will be able to handle a simple dosage adjustment while others will not be able to tolerate the combination at all.

Calac has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of calac

• Molecular formula of calac is C4H6CaO4
• Molecular weight is 158.17 g/mol

Generic name: Calcium

Brand name(s): Brown Acetate, Calcium Diacetate, Electrovite, Gray Acetate, Hyperlyte, Lime Acetate, Lime Pyrolignite, PhosLo, Procalamine, Sorbo-calcian, Sorbo-calcion, Teltozan, Vinegar salts

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