Man develops acute hypercalcaemia after taking too many antacids

Doctors say the case is not unusual and warn of the return of 'milk-alkali syndrome'
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An elderly man has developed acute hypercalcaemia after downing antacids for reflux, in a case doctors say highlights the return of an old syndrome as patients increasingly take calcium carbonate supplements.

US doctors are reporting the case to alert GPs to the re-emergence of the so-called ‘milk-alkali syndrome’, which is characterised by hypercalcaemia, metabolic acidosis and renal failure.