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Took few tums before blood work. Would that cause change in calcium readings?

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I recently got blood work done and my blood calcium was in the mid 11's. I am usually in the 9's. I did take about 5-6 tums a few hours before taking the test. Would that potentially spike the calcium readings?
Posted Sun, 19 May 2013 in General Health
Answered by Dr. Y V Siva Sankara Murty 1 hour later

Thanks for writing to health care magic.

Yes antacids contain calcium and that can cause a spike in calcium readings. Even Vitamin D intake or diuretic intake (Thiazide diuretics) can also cause spike in calcium readings.

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