Which dietary information is important for the patient taking calcium supplements?
Do not take calcium supplements within 1 to 2 hours of eating large amounts of fiber-containing foods, such as bran and whole-grain cereals or breads, especially if you are being treated for hypocalcemia (not enough calcium in your blood).Do not drink large amounts of alcohol or caffeine-containing beverages (usually more than 8 cups of coffee a day), or use tobacco.
Contraindications-hyperglycemia, ventricular fibrillation of the heart, and known allergy to a specific calcium drug product. Symptoms of toxicity are anorexia, nausea, vomiting, and constipation. If administered intramuscular or subcutaneous injection, mild to sever local reactions including burning, necrosis and soughing of tissue cellulitis and soft tissue calcification, may occur. Venous irritation may occur with intravenous administration. Long term excessive can result in cardiac irregularities, delirium, and coma.