Bone-targeting medicines may cause low blood calcium that could be fatal. When calcium levels are lower than normal in the bloodstream, it is called hypocalcemia (pronounced hahy•poh•kal•SEE•mee•uh).1 To help prevent hypocalcemia, your doctor may recommend calcium and vitamin D supplements while you are taking a bone-targeting medicine.2
Different types of calcium supplements are available3:
Both kinds of calcium supplements are available at drug stores, so be sure to check the bottle label or ask your doctor or pharmacist which type is right for you.
Talk to your doctor about calcium and vitamin D supplements. Always take supplements as recommended by your doctor.
The symptoms of hypocalcemia may include muscle spasms, twitches, and cramps. Numbness around your mouth or in your fingers or toes may also be associated with a decreased level of calcium in your blood.5 You should call your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms related to hypocalcemia.