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Etidronate and Calcium Carbonate

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Notes
Related terms
Uses
Dosing
Safety
Author information

Notes

    Related terms
    • Brand Names: Canada: CO Etidrocal;Didrocal®;Mylan-Eti-Cal Carepac;Novo-Etidronatecal

    Uses
    • It is used to put off or treat soft, brittle bones (osteoporosis).
    • Etidronate lowers bone loss.
    • Calcium is a diet aid that helps the body make strong bones.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • Do not take the etidronate and the calcium at the same time.
    • Take the etidronate on an empty stomach. Take 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals.
    • Take the etidronate with a full glass of water.
    • Take the calcium with food.
    • Follow the diet and workout plan that your doctor told you about.

    Missed Dose

    • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
    • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
    • Do not change the dose or stop this drug. Talk with the doctor.

    Storage

    • Store at room temperature.
    • Protect from water. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

    Safety



    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to etidronate, calcium, or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.

    Precautions

    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • If you have GI (gastrointestinal) disease, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have kidney disease, talk with your doctor.
    • Have a bone density test. Talk with your doctor.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • Tell dentists, surgeons, and other doctors that you use this drug.
    • Take good care of your teeth. See a dentist often.
    • Do not take iron, zinc, or folic acid within 2 hours of the calcium.
    • Do not take calcium, iron, or magnesium within 2 hours of the etidronate.
    • Try to space other drugs from calcium by 2 hours. Calcium stops many drugs from getting into the body.
    • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
    • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Feeling dizzy. Rise slowly over a few minutes when sitting or lying down. Be careful climbing.
    • Headache.
    • Belly pain or heartburn.
    • Upset stomach or throwing up. Many small meals, good mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.
    • Hard stools (constipation). Drinking more liquids, working out, or adding fiber to your diet may help. Talk with your doctor about a stool softener or laxative.
    • Loose stools (diarrhea).
    • Bone, joint, or muscle pain may rarely happen.
    • A broken leg may rarely happen.
    • Harm to the jaw bone may rarely happen.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue or gray skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Very bad belly pain.
    • Very bad dizziness or passing out.
    • Trouble swallowing.
    • Very bad jaw pain.
    • Very upset stomach or throwing up.
    • Very bad bone, joint, or muscle pain.
    • Very bad groin or thigh pain.
    • Any rash.
    • Side effect or health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

    Author information
    • Copyright © 1978-2013 Lexi-Comp Inc. All rights reserved.

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