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Calcium and Vitamin D

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Calcium and Vitamin D - Additional Information

In addition to taking calcium supplements, you can also increase your calcium intake by eating more calcium-rich foods, such as milk, cheese, ikan bilis, sardines, tofu, spinach and kai lan.

Your body needs vitamin D to absorb calcium. You can obtain vitamin D from direct sunlight. Therefore, outdoor activities such as walking or gardening are beneficial to getting enough Vitamin D.

You can also obtain Vitamin D from foods such as cereals, eggs, oily fish (salmon, cod, mackerel), certain brands of milk and Vitamin D-containing supplements such as Calcium and Vitamin D Tablets.

Calcium may reduce the absorption of some medications, such as certain antibiotics and supplements (e.g. iron). It should be spaced at least 1 to 2 hours apart from these medicines. Inform your doctor or pharmacist about any other medications you may be taking or starting before you begin taking calcium supplements.

Do not take if you are:

  • Allergic to any of the ingredients
  • Have hypercalcemia (high calcium level in blood), hypercalciuria (excessive urinary elimination of calcium)
  • Updated on Saturday, October 7, 2017
  • Article contributed by Pharmacy Department KK Women's and Children's Hospital

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