Osteofos D3 is a calcium and vitamin D3 supplement for the treatment of certain bone conditions in the elderly. Both calcium and vitamin D are found in the diet and vitamin D is also produced in the skin following exposure to the sun.
What is Osteofos D3
- A lack of vitamin D and calcium may lead to reduced bone density and bone fractures.
Do not take Osteofos D3 if you:
- have an allergy (hypersensitivity) to calcium, colecalciferol or any of the other ingredients of Osteofos D3 (see "Important information about some of the ingredients" section below and Section 6)
- are inactive and have high levels of calcium in your blood (hypercalcaemia) or urine (hypercalciuria)
- have calcium deposits in the tissues of your body
- have serious kidney problems
- have kidney stones or calcium stones in general
- have abnormally high levels of vitamin D.
- are pregnant or breast feeding
- if you are less than 12 year of age
Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines (including medicines obtained without a prescription), especially: Medicines that decrease the absorption or effect of Osteofos D3:
- colestyramine (used to treat high blood cholesterol levels), steroids (such as cortisone), mineral oils (such as paraffin oil used as a laxative or stool softener): these medicines may decrease the absorption of the vitamin D3
- phenytoin and barbiturates (e.g. phenobarbital), which are used to treat epilepsy: they may decrease the activity of vitamin D3
- some diuretics (water pills e.g. furosemide and ethacrynic acid), antacids (used for indigestion) that contain aluminium salts and thyroid hormones: these medicines can decrease the absorption of calcium and increase its elimination in the stools or urine
Medicines that increase the absorption or effect of Osteofos D3:
- some other diuretics (of the thiazide kind, e.g. hydrochlorothiazide) can decrease the elimination of calcium in the urine and thus cause too high calcium levels in the blood
- antibiotic drugs, such as penicillin, neomycin and chloramphenicol can increase the absorption of calcium: your doctor may tell you to check your blood calcium during prolonged treatment with Osteofos D3 and any of these drugs
Medicines whose absorption is decreased by Osteofos D3:
- tetracycline antibiotics: when taking these leave at least three hours before taking Osteofos D3. Do not take them at the same time
- bisphosphonates (medicines used to treat or prevent osteoporosis) and sodium fluoride: when taking these leave at least three hours before taking Osteofos D3
Medicines whose effect is increased by Osteofos D3:
- digitoxin (e.g. Lanoxin) or other cardiac glycosides used to treat heart disorders: calcium may increase their effect on the heart
Tell your doctor and ask for his/her advice before taking any other product containing vitamin D or its derivatives while taking Osteofos D3.
Taking Osteofos D3 with food and drink
- Take Osteofos D3 preferably with your evening meal.
- Tell your doctor if you usually eat food that contains oxalic acid (e.g. spinach and rhubarb), phosphates (especially from food additives) or phytinic acid (whole cereals), since these may reduce the absorption of calcium contained in Osteofos D3.
- Tell your doctor and ask for his/her advice before taking foodstuffs which may be fortified with vitamin D.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
- Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine.
- Do not use Osteofos D3 if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- Osteofos D3 is not recommended for children under 12 years old.
Driving and using machines
- Osteofos D3 has no influence on your ability to drive or use machines.
HOW TO TAKE OSTEOFOS D3
- Always take Osteofos D3 exactly as your doctor has told you. You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
- Take 1 sachet of Osteofos D3 once a day, preferably during the evening meal.
- Pour the contents of the sachet into a glass of non- carbonated water. Stir with a spoon to obtain a pleasant- tasting suspension. Drink the suspension immediately after mixing.
If you take more Osteofos D3 than you should
- Contact your doctor or go to the nearest hospital emergency department if you or someone near you has taken too much Osteofos D3. Remember to take with you any remaining sachets and the box or this leaflet so that doctors know what has been taken.
If you forget to take Osteofos D3
- If you forget to take Osteofos D3, take it as soon as you remember. In any case, you should never take a double dose in the same day to make up for forgotten sachets.
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, Osteofos D3 can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Stop taking Osteofos D3 and contact a doctor immediately if you experience any of the following:
- swelling of face, lips and throat
- sudden difficulty breathing
- severe itching and/or rash (hives).
Tell your doctor promptly if you experience the following side effects, which may indicate that calcium levels in your blood or urine are too high:
- anorexia, nausea (feeling sick), vomiting, headache, weakness, apathy and drowsiness;
- thirst, dehydration, passing water frequently throughout the day or night, abdominal pain, lack of bowel movement, irregular heart beat.
In addition, the following side effects may occur with the use of Osteofos D3:
- skin allergy
- nausea (feeling sick) or vomiting
- stomach ache.
HOW TO STORE OSTEOFOS D3
- Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
- Store Osteofos D3 in the original package. Do not store above 25°C.
- Do not use Osteofos D3 after the expiry date which is stated on the sachet and carton.
- The expiry date [“EXP”] refers to the last day of that month.
- Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.