Calcium Carbonate Benefits and Information

Calcium carbonate is a common supplement people take when they are not receiving enough calcium in their daily diet. Calcium is required by the body to develop and maintain healthy bones, muscles, nervous system, and heart. Calcium carbonate also is used as an antacid to relieve heartburn, acid indigestion, and stomach upset. Calcium carbonate is available with or without a prescription. This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses as well including the treatment of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) and Peptic Ulcer Disease.

Calcium carbonate is sold as a hard tablet, chewable tablet, capsule, or liquid to be taken orally. The supplement is usually taken 3-4 times daily. Follow the directions on your prescription or package label carefully and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor. When using this medicine as a dietary supplement, take it with food or following meals