You may need to drink a lot of liquids. Ask your doctor how much. To be sure you get enough to drink:
- Fill up a gallon jug or 4 one-liter bottles with water and keep them in the refrigerator.
- Make sure you drink as much water every day as your doctor recommends.
- Keep water next to your bed at night, and drink some when you get up to use the bathroom.
Do not cut back on how much salt you eat.
Your doctor may ask you to limit foods with a lot of calcium, or to not eat them at all for a while.
- Eat fewer dairy foods, or do not eat them at all. This includes cheese, milk, yogurt, and ice cream.
- If your doctor says you may eat some dairy foods, do not eat dairy foods that have extra calcium added. Read the labels carefully.
Do not use antacids that have a lot of calcium in them. Look for antacids that have magnesium. Ask your doctor or nurse which ones are okay. Ask your doctor what medicines and herbs are safe to take.
Your doctor will want you to come in for a follow-up appointment. You will probably also need to get blood tests after you go home.
Try to stay active when you get home. Your doctor will tell you how much activity and exercise are okay.
You may need to take medicines to help keep your calcium level from getting too high again. Take these the way your doctor tells you to. Call your doctor if you have any side effects.