Calcium is a mineral that is needed for many functions of the body, especially bone formation and maintenance. Calcium can also bind to other minerals such as phosphate, and aid in their removal from the body.

Calcium acetate is used to control phosphate levels to keep them from getting too high in people with kidney failure.

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  • Calphron, Eliphos, PhosLo Gelcap, Phoslyra, PhosLo
  • More common
    Abdominal or stomach pain
    confusion
    constipation
    depression
    dry mouth
    full or partial loss of consciousness
    headache
    incoherent speech
    increased urination
    loss of appetite
    metallic taste
    muscle weakness
    nausea or vomiting
    thirst
    unusual tiredness
    weight loss
    Incidence not known
    Swelling
    Severity: Minor
    Some of the side effects that can occur with calcium acetate may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

    More common
    Diarrhea
    Less common
    Itching
    Incidence not known
    Dizziness
    weakness
  • (oral capsule, injectable solution, oral tablet, compounding powder, oral liquid)