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Calcium gluconate injection

What is this medicine?

CALCIUM GLUCONATE (KAL see um GLOO koe nate) is a calcium salt. It is used to prevent and to treat low calcium levels.

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for infusion into a vein. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • fast, irregular heartbeat

  • low blood pressure

  • signs and symptoms of high calcium like thirst, severe or continued nausea or vomiting, constipation, stomach pain, muscle weakness, fatigue, confusion, or difficulty in concentration

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report these to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • changes in taste

  • tingling in hands or feet

What may interact with this medicine?

  • ceftriaxone

  • certain diuretics

  • digoxin

  • other calcium products

What if I miss a dose?

This does not apply.

Where should I keep my medicine?

This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • high levels of calcium in the blood

  • history of irregular heartbeat

  • history of kidney stones

  • kidney disease

  • parathyroid disease

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to calcium, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine.

You may need blood work done while you are taking this medicine.

Author: StayWell Custom Communications
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