What is Calcium?

Category: Supplements

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Calcium is a mineral essential to the development and maintenance of bones and teeth. As a supplement it is available in several different formulations including calcium carbonate (chalk), citrate, and phosphate. Calcium supplements may be recommended to people at risk of osteoporosis.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
General health 467 59
Osteopenia 136 65
Osteoporosis 96 26
Multiple sclerosis 29 6
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 20 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 3
Moderate 6
Mild 15
None 163

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Calcium

Side effect Patients Percentage
Constipation 8
Nausea 3
Bladder inflammation 1
Bowel irregularity 1
Diarrhea 1
Eosinophilic gastroenteritis 1

Show all 8 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Calcium

Dosage Patients Percentage
1200 mg daily 21
600 mg daily 11
500 mg daily 8
1250 mg daily 7
1000 mg daily 6
500 mg twice daily 5
650 mg daily 3
1,000 mg daily 3
600 mg twice daily 3
1,250 mg daily 3

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Why patients stopped taking Calcium

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Other 61
Doctor's advice 18
Did not seem to work 17
Personal research 16
Expense 14
Side effects too severe 11
Course of treatment ended 5
Change in health plan coverage 1
See all 125 patients who've stopped taking Calcium

Duration

Currently taking Calcium

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 10
2 - 5 years 16
5 - 10 years 36
10 years or more 47

Stopped taking Calcium

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 5
1 - 6 months 28
6 months - 1 year 19
1 - 2 years 14
2 - 5 years 37
5 - 10 years 10
10 years or more 17
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 118
Usually 50
Sometimes 16
Never taken as prescribed 3
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 5
Somewhat hard to take 10
A little hard to take 32
Not at all hard to take 140
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 3
< $25 93
Not specified 91
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20 patient evaluations for Calcium

May 15, 2017 (Started Jan 15, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for pyroluria syndrome)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: wasn't a main pyroluria supplement but none of them worked well for me and stopped taking all of them. not sure if i'm not absorbing orally very well or what
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 30, 2017 (Started Jan 15, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for pyroluria syndrome)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 28, 2017 (Started Aug 17, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 250 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I take calcium for health bones and blood work shows a deficiency I believe it has made me stronger, been taking them both for 3 years. Included in the calcium is 25 mg of magnesium.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 30, 2016 (Started Aug 17, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 250 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I take calcium for health bones and blood work shows a deficiency I believe it has made me stronger, been taking them both for 3 years. Included in the calcium is 25 mg of magnesium.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

May 15, 2016 (Started Apr 15, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1200 mg Four times daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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