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Contains 95mg/mL Calcium Gluconate and 3.0 mg/mL Calcium D-Saccarate
Consumer Medicine Information
This leaflet answers some common questions about Calcium Gluconate Injection. It does not contain all the available information. It does not take the place of talking to your doctor.
All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you being given Calcium Gluconate Injection against the benefits they expect it will have for you.
If you have any concerns about being given this medicine, ask your doctor.
Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
Calcium gluconate is a calcium salt used to treat or prevent a lack of calcium in the body. Other reasons for treatment with Calcium Gluconate Injection are:
This medicine works by increasing the level of calcium in the blood or by binding to excess potassium or magnesium in the blood.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been prescribed for you. Your doctor may have prescribed it for another reason.
You should not be given Calcium Gluconate Injection if you have an allergy to:
Some of the symptoms of an allergic reaction may include:
You should not be given Calcium Gluconate Injection if the calcium levels in your blood or urine are above normal levels. Some conditions that may cause high levels of calcium are:
You should not be given Calcium Gluconate Injection if you have severe heart disease.
You should not be given Calcium Gluconate Injection if you have severe kidney disease.
You should not be given Calcium Gluconate Injection if you suffer from galactosaemia. This is a rare genetic disorder.
You should not be given Calcium Gluconate Injection if you have been immobilized for a long time causing the loss of calcium from the bones.
You should not be given Calcium Gluconate Injection if you are being treated with certain heart drugs such as digoxin and digitalis.
You should not be given Calcium Gluconate Injection if the solution is discoloured, cloudy, turbid, or a precipitate is present. The solution is normally a clear, colourless liquid.
You should not be given Calcium Gluconate Injection if when diluted with another solution it causes the solution to precipitate, become cloudy, turbid, discolour, or particles are visible.
You should not be given this medicine after the expiry date printed on the pack or if the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering. If you are given this medicine after the expiry date has passed, it may not work as well.
If you are not sure whether you should be given this medicine, talk to your doctor.
Tell your doctor if you have allergies to any other medicines, foods, preservatives or dyes.
Tell your doctor if you have or have had any of the following medical conditions:
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant or are breast-feeding. Your doctor will discuss the risks and benefits of Calcium Gluconate Injection during pregnancy and breast-feeding.
If you have not told your doctor about any of the above, tell him/her before you are given Calcium Gluconate Injection.
Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, including medicines that you buy without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket, health food shop, naturopath or herbalist.
Some medicines and calcium gluconate may interfere with each other. These include:
These medicines may be affected by Calcium Gluconate Injection or may affect how well it works. You may need different amounts of your medicines, or you may need to take different medicines.
Your doctor or pharmacist have more information on medicines to be careful with or avoid while being given calcium gluconate.
Calcium Gluconate Injection must only be given by a doctor or nurse.
It is usually given as a slow injection or infusion into a vein.
Calcium Gluconate Injection will normally be warmed to body temperature before use.
Your doctor will decide what dose of calcium gluconate you will receive and for how long you will receive it. This depends on your medical condition and other factors, such as your weight. Sometimes only a single dose of calcium gluconate is required.
Calcium Gluconate Injection must only be given by a doctor or nurse so an overdose is unlikely to occur.
Some medical conditions may result in too much calcium in the blood. Your doctor or nurse will monitor the level of calcium in the blood.
If you experience any symptoms of an overdose contact your doctor immediately or go to Accident and Emergency at the nearest hospital.
Symptoms of an overdose may include:
If you are about to be started on any new medicine, remind your doctor and pharmacist that you have been given Calcium Gluconate Injection.
Tell any other doctors, dentists, and pharmacists who treat you that you have been given this medicine.
If you are going to have surgery, tell the surgeon or anaesthetist that you have been given this medicine . It may affect other medicines used during surgery.
If you become pregnant while being given this medicine, tell your doctor immediately.
If you are about to have any blood tests, tell your doctor that you have been given this medicine. It may interfere with the results of some tests.
Keep all of your doctor’s appointments so that your progress can be checked. Your doctor may do some tests from time to time to make sure the medicine is working and to prevent unwanted side effects.
Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how Calcium Gluconate Injection affects you. This medicine may cause dizziness, light-headedness or weakness in some people. If you have any of these symptoms, do not drive, operate machinery or do anything else dangerous.
If you feel light-headed, dizzy or faint when getting gout of bed or standing up, get up slowly. Standing up slowly, especially when you get up from bed or chairs, will help your body get used to the change in position and blood pressure. If this problem continues or gets worse, talk to your doctor.
Tell your doctor or nurse as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are being given Calcium Gluconate Injection. This medicine may have unwanted side effects in a few people. All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time they are not. You may need medical treatment if you get some of the side effects.
Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects. You may not experience any of them.
Ask your doctor to answer any questions you may have.
Tell your doctor or nurse if you notice any of the following and they worry you:
If any of the following happen tell your doctor immediately or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital:
The above list includes very serious side effects. These side effects are very rare.
Tell your doctor or nurse if you notice anything that is making you feel unwell.
Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some people.
Some of these side effects can only be found when your doctor does tests from time to time to check your progress.
Following the injection of calcium gluconate you should lie down for a short time to prevent dizziness.
If you feel light-headed or dizzy when getting up, get up slowly. Standing up slowly will help your body get used to the change in position and blood pressure.
If this problem continues or gets worse, talk to your doctor or nurse.
Calcium Gluconate Injection will be stored in the surgery, pharmacy or ward of a hospital. The injection is kept in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 30°C but not refrigerated.
Calcium Gluconate Injection will be opened for use on you. It will be used only once and then it will be discarded. It will never be stored after it is opened nor used for more than one person.
Calcium Gluconate Injection 10% is a clear colourless solution in a clear glass vial with a plastic top.
Calcium Gluconate Injection 10% is available in either a 10mL vial or a 50mL vial.
Calcium Gluconate Injection 10% contains 95mg/mL calcium gluconate and 3.0 mg/mL calcium D-saccharate in water for injections.
Calcium Gluconate Injection 10% does not contain lactose, sucrose, gluten, tartrazine, alcohol, dyes or any preservatives.
Calcium Gluconate Injection 10% is made in Australia by:
332 Burns Bay Road
Lane Cove NSW 2066
Calcium Gluconate Injection 10%
(100mg/mL) 10mL vial
AUST R 22923
Catalogue number INJ022
Calcium Gluconate Injection 10%
(100mg/mL) 50mL vial
Catalogue number INJ002
This leaflet was prepared in March 2007.
Published by MIMS/myDr April 2010