Calcium supplements is recommended for patients with chronic kidney disease to promote healthy bone formation. It is also essential in preventing bone disease that can cause calcium to deposit in the blood vessels and contribute to heart disease. Calcium supplements such as calcium carbonate are used to increase the amount of calcium in the blood.
It is important to note that total intake of calcium for renal disease patients should not exceed 2000 mg/daily, including supplements and calcium from the diet. Talk to your registered dietitian about a low phosphate diet to maintain levels of calcium and phosphorous in a healthy range.
Here is a helpful handout from BC Renal Agency to help you learn about this medication!