How to use calcium supplements following Parathyroid Surgery
You will be given a prescription for Citracal +D, or you can buy it over the counter at any pharmacy. The usual dose is 2 pills twice each day starting after your surgery.
It is common for your calcium level to drop following surgery. It can often take 1- 2 weeks for your remaining parathyroid glands to return to normal function. You should continue to take the Citracal pills for at least 2 weeks.
The Symptoms of LOW calcium are:
- Tingling around your mouth and lips
- Tingling in your fingertips
- Cramps in your hands, wrists or feet
If you experience any of the above symptoms, please take 2 extra Citracal pills, and wait 2 hours. If you still have symptoms after 2 hours, then take 2 more pills. You can repeat the dose until you have taken 10 extra pills. If you are still having symptoms, then you should either call us at (253) 572-7120, or go to the Emergency Room.