Adcal-D3 Caplets (112)
- Calcium carbonate & Vitamin D
- Active Ingredients: Calcium / Colecalciferol
- Buy With Confidence From UK Registered Pharmacy
- Next Day Delivery Available
Adcal-D3 Caplets contain calcium and vitamin D3 which are both essential for healthy bones and teeth. Adcal-D3 Caplets provide extra calcium and vitamin D3 to your diet.
What Adcal-D3 Caplets are and what it is used for
Adcal-D3 Caplets contain calcium and vitamin D3 which are both essential for healthy bones and teeth. Adcal-D3 Caplets provide extra calcium and vitamin D3 to your diet. It is therefore used in conditions where your body’s calcium and vitamin D levels need to be increased.
Adcal-D3 Caplets can be prescribed by doctors for certain bone conditions, for example, osteoporosis.
See more information on Calcium on the NHS website.
Before you take Adcal-D3 Caplets
Do not take Adcal-D3 Caplets :
- if you are allergic to calcium carbonate, vitamin D3 or any of the other ingredients of this medicine
- if you have higher than normal levels of calcium in your blood (hypercalcaemia)
- If you have severe kidney failure
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Adcal-D3 Caplets:
- Have osteoporosis (thinning of the bones) due to long periods of inactivity, such as long-term bed rest
- Have problems with your kidneys, for example kidney stones
- Have higher than normal levels of calcium in your urine (hypercalciuria)
- Have sarcoidosis (inflammation that produces lumps of cells in various organs in the body)
- Have previously been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars
- Are taking any other medication, even those you may have bought for yourself without prescription
How to take Adcal-D3 Caplets
Always take this supplement exactly as your doctor has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Adults, elderly and children over 12 years of age:
- Swallow 2 caplets twice daily, ideally two caplets in the morning and two in the evening.
Children under 12:
- Do not give Adcal-D3 Caplets to children under 12 years.
Always read the patient information leaflet before use.
How to store Adcal-D3 Caplets
- Keep this supplement out of sight and reach of children.
- Do not store above 25°C. Store in the original package.
- Do not use this supplement after the expiry date that is printed on the carton label has passed. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
- Do not throw away any supplements via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.
- The active substances are calcium carbonate (750 mg equivalent to 300 mg calcium) and vitamin D3 (200 I.U. equivalent to 5 micrograms of colecalciferol)
- The other ingredients in the tablet core are colloidal silicon dioxide, microcrystalline cellulose, croscarmellose sodium, magnesium stearate, modified food starch, sucrose, sodium ascorbate, medium chain triglycerides, silicon dioxide, DL-alpha-tocopherol and pregelatinized starch
- The orange film-coat contains hypromellose, polydextrose, acacia, talc, titanium dioxide, iron oxide yellow and iron oxide red
Calcichew d3 forte contains calcium designed to keep bones healthy. Calcium is an essential component of bones.
Requirements for calcium increase with age and, although many people obtain enough calcium from their diet, some people may require a supplement in order that their body has all the calcium it needs to maintain healthy bones.
People with diets and lifestyles that mean they will obtain less than the recommended intake of calcium are at risk of weakened bones. Prolonged lack of adequate calcium intake can lead to the development of osteoporosis, a condition where bones become weak to a level that minimal trauma (for example, a fall) can result in a fracture, most typically at the hip, spine or wrist.
Calcichew D3 Forte have been designed to give people, whose intake of calcium is low, a boost to the recommended amounts.
Maintaining healthy bones and helping to avoid osteoporosis is an important issue for many people. There are many ways that people can help themselves: regular exercise, a balanced diet with an adequate intake of calcium and, for some people, advice on how to prevent falls which may lead to fracture.
The National Osteoporosis Society (NOS) is a national charity dedicated to improving the diagnosis,prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. The NOS offers support to people with osteoporosis and raises awareness of the importance of healthy bones.
What are the symptoms of hypocalcemia (Calcium Deficiency)
-confusion or memory loss
-numbness and tingling in the hands, feet, and face.
-weak and brittle nails
-easy fracturing of the bones
Vitamin D helps regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body.
These nutrients are needed to keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy.
A lack of vitamin D can lead to bone deformities such as rickets in children, and bone pain caused by a condition called osteomalacia in adults.
Good sources of vitamin D
From about late March/early April to the end of September, most people should be able to get all the vitamin D they need from sunlight.
The body creates vitamin D from direct sunlight on the skin when outdoors.
But between October and early March we do not get enough vitamin D from sunlight. Read more about vitamin D and sunlight.
Vitamin D is also found in a small number of foods.
oily fish – such as salmon, sardines, herring and mackerel
fortified foods – such as most fat spreads and some breakfast cereals
Another source of vitamin D is dietary supplements.
In the UK, cows’ milk is generally not a good source of vitamin D because it is not fortified, as it is in some other countries.
How much vitamin D do I need?
Babies up to the age of 1 year need 8.5 to 10 micrograms of vitamin D a day.
A microgram is 1,000 times smaller than a milligram (mg). The word microgram is sometimes written with the Greek symbol μ followed by the letter g (μg).
Children from the age of 1 year and adults need 10 micrograms of vitamin D a day. This includes pregnant and breastfeeding women, and people at risk of vitamin D deficiency.
From about late March/early April to the end of September, the majority of people should be able to get all the vitamin D they need from sunlight on their skin.
Should I take a vitamin D supplement?
Advice for infants and young children
The Department of Health and Social Care recommends that:
breastfed babies from birth to 1 year of age should be given a daily supplement containing 8.5 to 10 micrograms of vitamin D to make sure they get enough
formula-fed babies should not be given a vitamin D supplement until they’re having less than 500ml (about a pint) of infant formula a day, as infant formula is fortified with vitamin D
children aged 1 to 4 years old should be given a daily supplement containing 10 micrograms of vitamin D
You can buy vitamin D supplements or vitamin drops containing vitamin D (for under 5s) in many shops, including pharmacies and supermarkets.
Women and children who qualify for the Healthy Start scheme can get free supplements containing the recommended amounts of vitamin D.
See the Healthy Start website for more information.
Advice for adults and children over 5 years old
During the autumn and winter, you need to get vitamin D from your diet because the sun is not strong enough for the body to make vitamin D.
But since it’s difficult for people to get enough vitamin D from food alone, everyone (including pregnant and breastfeeding women) should consider taking a daily supplement containing 10 micrograms of vitamin D during the autumn and winter.
Between late March/early April to the end of September, most people can get all the vitamin D they need through sunlight on their skin and from a balanced diet.
You may choose not to take a vitamin D supplement during these months.
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Frequency not known (frequency cannot be estimated from the available data):
Allergic reactions – symptoms include itching, wheezing, rash, swelling of the tongue or throat. If you have an allergic reaction stop taking the tablets and seek medical attention immediately.
Rare side effects (may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people):
Constipation, wind, feeling sick, stomach ache, diarrhoea Skin rash Hypercalcaemia (too much calcium in your blood) or hypercalciuria (too much calcium in your urine)
If you are on long term treatment your doctor may from time to time wish to check the level of calcium in your blood and take urine samples to monitor kidney function.