Shelcal CT Tablet belongs to the class of ‘vitamins,’ primarily used to treat various conditions caused by low calcium levels in the body like Vitamin D deficiency, osteoporosis (weak and brittle bones), hypoparathyroidism (a condition in which parathyroid glands make low levels of calcium in the body), latent tetany (a muscle disease with low blood calcium levels), and rickets or osteomalacia (softening or deforming of bones due to lack of calcium).
Shelcal CT Tablet consists of calcium and calcitriol (vitamin D3). Calcium is a mineral that is used to prevent or treat a calcium deficiency. It provides essential nutrients to maintain bone formation. Calcitriol is a steroid hormone that helps maintain blood calcium and phosphorus levels and mineralization of bone.
Your doctor will decide the dosage and duration based on your medical condition. It is likely safe to consume. In some cases, it may cause side effects like constipation and stomach upset. These side effects do not require medical attention and gradually resolve over time. However, if the side effects persist or worsen, please consult a doctor.
Let your doctor know if you are using any prescription, non-prescription drugs, or herbal products before starting Shelcal CT Tablet. Please inform your doctor if you have hypercalcemia (high calcium levels), hypervitaminosis D (high vitamin D levels), malabsorption syndrome (difficulty absorbing nutrition from food), low levels of bile, and phosphate imbalance before starting tablet. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should consult their doctor before taking Tablet.
Calcium and Calcitriol deficiency, Osteoporosis, Osteomalacia (Rickets), Vitamin D deficiency, Hypoparathyroidism, and Latent tetany.
It is used to treat low blood calcium levels. It effectively treats various conditions caused by low calcium levels in the body like vitamin D deficiency, osteoporosis, hypoparathyroidism, latent tetany, and rickets or osteomalacia. Tablet consists of two medicines: Calcium (mineral) and Calcitriol (Vitamin D3).
Calcium is a mineral that is used to prevent or treat a calcium deficiency. It provides essential nutrients to maintain bone formation. Calcitriol is a steroid hormone produced in the skin when exposed to ultraviolet light or obtained from food sources. It helps maintain blood calcium and phosphorus levels and mineralization of bone.
Directions for Use
- Stomach upset
- Bone/muscle pain
- Fast or pounding heartbeat
In-Depth Precautions and Warning
If you are allergic to Shelcal CT Tablet or any other medicines, please tell your doctor. If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, it is advised to inform your doctor before using Tablet. Consult your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. It should be used with caution in children and only if prescribed by a doctor.
It is not recommended if you have hypercalcemia (high calcium levels), metastatic calcification (extra deposits of calcium in the body), hypervitaminosis D (high vitamin D levels), and malabsorption syndrome (difficulty absorbing nutrition from food).
Inform your doctor before taking Shelcal CT Tablet if you have any heart/kidney/liver/blood vessel diseases, kidney stones, sarcoidosis (growth of inflammatory cells in different parts of the body), Crohn’s disease (inflammatory bowel disease), Whipple’s disease (bacterial infection affecting joints and digestive system), achlorhydria (little or no stomach acid), low levels of bile, and phosphate imbalance.
Shelcal CT Tablet may contain sugar or sorbitol; hence caution should be taken in case of intolerance to sugars, diabetes, and phenylketonuria (increased levels of an amino acid called phenylalanine).
Drug-Drug Interactions: Shelcal CT Tablet may interact with drugs treating high cholesterol levels (cholestyramine, colesevelam, colestipol), antibiotics (doxycycline, minocycline, ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin, penicillin, neomycin, and chloramphenicol), anti-cancer drugs (estramustine), drugs treating bone loss (alendronate sodium), hormone (levothyroxine), weight-loss drugs (orlistat), fits medicines (phenobarbital), mineral oils (paraffin), water pills (furosemide, ethacrynic acid), and heart-related medicines (digitoxin).
Drug-Food Interactions: Avoid or reduce caffeine intake, soft drinks, and alcohol as they might inhibit calcium absorption.
Drug-Disease Interactions: Brief your doctor if you have a medical history of allergic reactions, cardiovascular adverse effects, phosphate calcifications, cardiac contraction/conduction, malabsorption, renal dysfunction, sarcoidosis, arrhythmia, electrolyte imbalance, hypercalcemia, renal dysfunction, and hepatobiliary dysfunction.
Drinking alcohol can affect calcium absorption; hence, limit the alcohol intake while using Shelcal CT Tablet.
Consult your doctor if you are pregnant. Your doctor will weigh the potential risks and benefits before prescribing Shelcal CT Tablet.
Consult your doctor before taking Shelcal CT Tablet if you are breastfeeding. it can pass into the breast milk. If it is used during breastfeeding, please monitor the serum calcium levels of the mother and the infant.
Shelcal CT Tablet usually does not affect your ability to drive or operate machinery. If you experience any unmanageable side effects while using Tablet, do not drive or operate machinery.
Let your doctor know if you have any history of liver diseases before taking Shelcal CT Tablet. Hepatic impairment/liver disease can alter the metabolic and therapeutic activity of certain Vitamin D forms.
You should seek doctor advice before starting Shelcal CT Tablet if you have kidney diseases like kidney stones or undergoing dialysis. Caution should be taken in patients undergoing dialysis to maintain adequate phosphorus levels and avoid ectopic calcification (calcium deposition).
Diet & Lifestyle Advise
- Include dairy products like milk, yoghurt, cheese, or milk-based custard in your diet.
- Eat daily a serving of broccoli, cabbage, spinach, and other green leafy vegetables.
- Include the best dietary sources of vitamin D, such as fish liver oils and vitamin D–fortified milk.
- Snack on calcium-rich nuts like Brazil nuts or almonds.
- Sprinkle sesame seeds over your food, vegetables, and salads. Sesame seeds are high in calcium.
- Avoid or reduce the intake of caffeine, soft drinks, and alcohol that inhibit calcium absorption.
- Replace the meat with tofu or tempeh for extra calcium in your food.
Shelcal CT Tablet may interfere with cholesterol tests. Hence please inform your doctor and laboratory staff that you are taking Tablet before undergoing blood tests.