Calcium Gluconate - product of the process of electrolytic oxidation of glucose , is used as a dietary supplement for the treatment of patients with a calcium deficiency .Other than its use as a medicine, Calcium Gluconate has also found its rightful place in several other industries. It is used instead of fruit acids in making fruit jellies and baking powders. Calcium Gluconate also provides the base for producing ferrous gluconate which is used in the treatment of patients having an iron deficiency .
Calcium Gluconate, is white in colour and is available in the form of a crystalline powder or granules. Calcium Gluconate is found to be highly effective in the treatment of calcium deficiencies. In case of patients suffering from kidney stones, parathyroid gland diseases, taking tetracycline antibiotics or any antacid or other calcium supplements , it is advisable to inform the doctor before starting the use of calcium gluconate. In such cases, the patient may not be in a position to use calcium gluconate or may need some adjustments in the dosage or monitoring during the period of treatment.
Calcium Gluconate must be taken as per the instructions on the package or as directed by the medical practitioner. One must swallow the tablet with a glass of water and it must be taken with meals in order to ensure proper absorption.
Calcium Gluconate should not be taken by those having any kind of allergic reaction to any of the ingredients present in Calcium Gluconate. In case of experiencing any of the side effects like difficulty in breathing, choking , swelling of lips, face, tongue ; emergency medical attention must be called for. Some other less serious side effects which one might experience while using Calcium Gluconate are nausea or vomiting, constipation, increased urination, dry mouth and decrease in appetite. The doctor must be informed regarding any symptoms that persist or is bothersome.
In case of an overdose of Calcium Gluconate medical help should be sought immediately. Calcium Gluconate must be kept away from the reach of children and pets and must be safely disposed off after the expiry date.