Adcal-D3 tablets – The facts

Have you been prescribed Adcal-D3 tablets? Are you confused by the details of when to take them and what to eat?

Many of us prescribed Adcal-D3 to prevent the onset of osteoporosis are left confused by the complicated regime that accompanies the tablets.

Here the AXA PPP healthcare Health at Hand pharmacists run us through the ins and outs.

Why take Adcal-D3 tablets?

Containing both calcium and vitamin D3 which are essential for healthy bones and teeth, Adcal-D3 is prescribed for those who are not getting sufficient amounts from their diet. 

Eating whilst on Adcal-D3

Certain foods which may reduce the absorption of calcium should be avoided within 2 hours of taking Adcal-D3. These are:

  • Foods high in oxalate (or oxalic) acid such as beetroot, rhubarb, spinach, berries, celery, asparagus, chocolate, almonds, peanuts, cashew nuts, and grains including oatmeal, whole wheat and wheat germ.
  • Foods high in phosphate include processed meat, nuts, chocolate, malted hot drinks, cola, bran, crumpets, muffins and scones.
  • Foods high in phytic acid include beans, grains and nuts.

If you wish to snack then try foods rich in calcium or Vitamin D or foods that will help their absorption into the body. These include foods such as milk, eggs, butter, oily fish and orange juice.

If you need a snack at bedtime then try white bread with honey or plain crackers and cheese. If you like a hot drink before bed then your malted drink or hot chocolate should be swapped for a drink like chamomile tea which may help you to wind down ready for sleep. 

When during the day is it best to take Adcal-D3?

If you usually eat breakfast at 8am then Adcal-D3 should be taken either at 6am or at 10am. In the evening it is sensible to have your dinner at 6pm and then take Adcal-D3 at 8pm. You may then have your bedtime snacks or drinks after 10pm. If you have dinner later in the evening then you may have your snacks 2 hours before your dinner and forgo your bedtime drink.

The way you work the timings is up to you but you must always remember the 2 hour rule.

If you would like to read more then see Boost your bone power! or Vital vitamins and magic minerals – where to find them by AXA PPP healthcare

Alternatively take a look at the NHS Factsheet Vitamins, minerals and supplements

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