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I am happy to help you with this question. I understand how important an answer is to your question, so I will work on this for you until it is resolved. Have you observed any nausea signs such as excessive lip licking, drooling, or swallowing multiple times?
Do you know approximately how many tablets were in the bottle that were swallowed?
Is there more than 50 tablets in a bottle?
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This will be OK regarding a toxicity concern. Calcium carbonate is very poorly absorbed through the intestines. It needs vitamin D in order to be absorbed, so in the absence of vitamin D, very little will get through the intestine. With good kidney function, and no history of kidney disease, the small amount of calcium that gets absorbed will be able to be cleared from the body. Therefore, this is not an emergency and no immediate treatments are required. However, the amount swallowed could result in vomiting, nausea, or diarrhea. It is recommended to monitor for signs of vomiting and nausea such as excessive lip licking, drooling, or multiple attempts to swallow. Nausea is usually self-limiting and does not typically require treatment.
Treatment for diarrhea is recommended to offer a low-fat diet such as boiled chicken and white rice for a few days. Feed in small amounts. You can also add a little fiber to the diet to help bulk the stool. Psyllium husk such as Metamucil or Benefiber are safe fiber options you may add to the diet. Canned pumpkin can also be given, but it has less bulking effects compared to the others. Water may always be offered. Pedialyte is safe to give. Kaolin & pectin and probiotics are helpful adjuncts to treatment of diarrhea. Imodium can also be given in the amount of 2 mg every 8 to 12 hours as needed for a period of only 2 to 3 days. If no signs are seen after 24 hours, then no further monitoring is necessary.
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