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Generic Name
Elemental calcium
Trade Name
Risk Category
  • Studies on animals show adverse effect and toxicity on fetus.
  • No adequate and well controlled studies done on pregnant women.
  • Drugs should be given only if the potential benefit outweighs the potential risk to the fetus.
FDA Pregnancy Risk Categories

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  • Mineral Recommended dietary allowance (rda) in preganancy and lactation is 1200 mg/day.
  • Fetal Risk
    Fetal Risk
  • Crosses the placenta mainly in 2nd and 3rd trimesters.
  • Calcium supplementation during pregnancy has been associated with lower incidence of preterm birth and low-birth-weight infants.
  • Questionable association with major and minor congenital defects if used in 1st trimester.
  • More studies are needed.
  • Safe in last two trimesters. If high doses are avoided.
  • Breast Feeding
    Breast Feeding
  • Excreted in human breast milk.
  • No problems have been documented in humans.
  • Other Trade Names
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