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My husband had a blood test to cheeck calcium levels 6 months ago it was low and told to use caltrate plus now dr said to stop cause it's to high why?

My husband had a blood test to cheeck calcium levels 6 months ago it was low and told to use caltrate plus now dr said to stop cause it's to high why?

Get a consult: You don't treat a lab value. Reference ranges are set so that a few % of healthies fall outside. A true low serum calcium in an adult who appears healthy is uncommon (calculate ionized calcium, which is what matters, based on albumin), and possible hypoparathyroidism or renal calcium wasting should be worked up. I trust vitamin d levels have been checked. Endocrinology consult is in order. ...Read more

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Can taking caltrate plus make my calcium levels to high dr said blood test results show high calcium levels and to stop taking them?

Can taking caltrate plus make my calcium levels to high dr said blood test results show high calcium levels and to stop taking them?

Md evaluation: High intake of calcium can cause elevated levels in the blood. This often occurs in the setting of associated kidney dysfunction. Other causes like hyperparathyroidism, sarcoidosis must be investigated.. ...Read more

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Can you safely take caltrate 600mg while on coumadin (warfarin)?

Can you safely take caltrate 600mg while on coumadin (warfarin)?

Yes: Generally the answer is yes. Although not as important with coumadin, (warfarin) many medications should not be taken with calcium supplements, given the risk of the calcium binding the medicine and not allowing it to be absorbed. The most importat thing to remember about Coumadin (warfarin) is consistency - when you take it, diet (especially foods high in vitamin k such as green, leafy vegetables), etc. ...Read more

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Just started taking Caltrate. Will Zantac interfere or block absorption of Caltrate?

Just started taking Caltrate. Will Zantac interfere or block absorption of Caltrate?

It may: Interfere with the "sticking" on the inflammed lining of your stomach...ACID causes the inflammation so in a way you are taking two medicines with opposite mechanisms of action! Speak with your PCP (I assume you are taking these medications under medical supervision...if not get some!
Hope this helps
Dr Z ...Read more

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M58, how true that caltrate is bad for males of my age because it plaques vascular system?

M58, how true that caltrate is bad for males of my age because it plaques vascular system?

Oversimplified.: If one is vitamin k deficient, it is true that ingested calcium tends to go into the arteries and not into bone because osteoblasts function poorly and don't take calcium into bone. In addition, those who get their calcium from their food have fewer fractures compared with those on calcium pills. Elevated osteocalcin correlates with vit k deficiency and it's treatable by taking vit k orally. ...Read more

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Can I take caltrate while on birth control?

Can I take caltrate while on birth control?

Yes: You can take caltrate (calcium pill) while on birth control pills. To be safe, you should take the one in the am and the other at dinner (some minerals in calcium may bind with other pills if taken at the same time). To be extra safe, you can ask your pharmacist as well. But the short answer is yes. ...Read more

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Is caltrate calcium tablets good to take for low vitamin d?

Is caltrate calcium tablets good to take for low vitamin d?

Low vitamin D: Vitamin D is available over the counter at your pharmacist. It comes in bottles of 100 tablets - one bottle is 1000 unit tablets and the other is 2000 unit tablets.

Either one would be OK and neither is expensive. ...Read more

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I have a kidney transplant but phosphate going up over the years. I take Caltrate as binder with food. How best to take them? Chew?

I have a kidney transplant but phosphate going up over the years. I take Caltrate as binder with food. How best to take them? Chew?

Talk to your doctor: If the transplant kidney function is good.....you will not expect high phosphorous level.....so talk to your transplant surgeon or Nephrologist first. ...Read more

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So I am taking Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Anti-Oxidant, Caltrate and Folic Acid daily, is it okay? Will I not be overdosed?

So I am taking Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Anti-Oxidant, Caltrate and Folic Acid daily, is it okay? Will I not be overdosed?

Supplements: Each of the supplements you mention has a different optimal level in the body. The only way to know for certain is to see your doctor for blood testing. Please do that and ask his/her opinion on taking these supplements. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can I take green coffee bean supplements wfish oil-omega 3 1200mg x 2 caltrate 600d x 2 40 mg corgard (nadolol) for md mvp 80 mg pravastatin for cholesterol?

Can I take green coffee bean supplements wfish oil-omega 3 1200mg x 2 caltrate 600d x 2 40 mg corgard (nadolol) for md mvp 80 mg pravastatin for cholesterol?

Sure but + & - are?: We have millions of compounds in our body, of our own production. You are worrying about a few supplements, some complex (beans); some very refined (pravachol) & intensively studied. By law, dshea 1994, see fda.Gov, if sold otc as a dietary supplement, the marketers are exempt from evaluating or proving their claims, so who knows? Ans: no one. Are trials of complex combo’s done? No; who would pay? ...Read more

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Should I change my migren medication to something else bcause im been taking ponstan and confergot for 10 years plus. What harm if I keep on taking it?

Depends: It depends upon how often you have migraine attacks. If the migraine is severe and frequent then you would be better off taking something to prevent these attacks. There are several meds approved for that purpose. Cafergot (ergotamine and caffeine) is useful only if you have infrequent migraine and its long term use is harmful. ...Read more

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Due to a pinched nerve-took 12mnths to diagnose-i now suffer with anxiety. Is this plus the medication im on make it more difficult to get prpregnant?

Due to a pinched nerve-took 12mnths to diagnose-i now suffer with anxiety. Is this plus the medication im on make it more difficult to get prpregnant?

Pinched nerve: Hello, sorry you are in so much pain around the holidays. You may want o check with your doctor or psychiatrist related to pain which can make the depression worse. An anti-anxiety medication may help in your case such as a small does of Klonopin (clonazepam) for the anxiety. Again, check with your doctor. I hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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What's the medication for bronchitis spasm. Or rather how do you manage it. What action should be taken. Plus could you refer us to any pulmonologist?

What's the medication for bronchitis spasm. Or rather how do you manage it. What action should be taken. Plus could you refer us to any pulmonologist?

Inhaler: A beta 2 agonist via inhalation is usually the treatment. A general physician can provide this care. Cannot refer in Mombasa sorry. ...Read more

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Please advise if it's bad to be on 3 medications right now plus pain medication?

Please advise if it's bad to be on 3 medications right now plus pain medication?

Not a simple answer: It depends on which medications you are on at the moment. If it is 3 medications for pain control, then it my not be the best course of action. If it is 3 medications for blood pressure, then it may be appropriate depending on the doses of each and which mechanisms of action are being utilized. ...Read more

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Good morning riza here still in pain with upper left chest and shoulder blade area daily no medication seems to help plus my whole body mussels hurt?

Good morning riza here still in pain with upper left chest and shoulder blade area daily no medication seems to help plus my whole body mussels hurt?

Pain: Riza - would need more information. If muscular you may try higher dose magnesium malate - 1000 mg daily or to bowel tolerance (if diarrhea reduce does) this usually helps relieve muscle pain where some medications do not ...Read more

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How should I cope with my depression in addition to medication?

How should I cope with my depression in addition to medication?

See a psychologist: Psychologists and other psychotherapists provide treatment that not only helps now and but helps prevent reoccurences. ...Read more

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Do you need to take medication in addition to having cbt to help with insomnia?

Do you need to take medication in addition to having cbt to help with insomnia?

Along with CBT use: Good sleep hygiene. 1. Keep a regular bedtime & wakening time (to include weekends). Get up the same time each day, regardless of what time you fell asleep.
2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine. Relaxing rituals prior to bedtime may include a warm bath or shower, aroma therapy, reading, or listening to gentle music.
3. Sleep in a dark, quiet, cool room on comfortable mattress & pillows. ...Read more