What is Calcium Carbonate?

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A dietary supplement used when the amount of calcium taken in the diet is not enough. Calcium is needed by the body for healthy bones, muscles, nervous system, and heart. Calcium carbonate also is used as an antacid to relieve heartburn, acid indigestion, and stomach upset.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Heartburn 30 6
General health 26 5
Acid reflux 8 1
Gastroesophageal reflux disease 6 3
Stomach pain 6 4
Nausea 5 2

Show all 31 reasons taken


  • 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 1
Moderate 0
Mild 2
None 30

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Calcium Carbonate

Side effect Patients Percentage
Excessive gas 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Calcium Carbonate

Dosage Patients Percentage
1000 mg daily 3
500mg as needed 3
2 g daily 1
3 g daily 1
500 mg daily 1
1,000 mg daily 1
1500 mg daily 1
2000 mg daily 1
2400 mg daily 1
3750 mg daily 1

See all 13 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Calcium Carbonate

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Course of treatment ended 5
Did not seem to work 5
Other 5
Doctor's advice 2
Expense 1
Personal research 1
Side effects too severe 1
See all 20 patients who've stopped taking Calcium Carbonate

Duration

Currently taking Calcium Carbonate

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 9

Stopped taking Calcium Carbonate

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 7
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 15
Usually 6
Sometimes 8
Never taken as prescribed 4
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 3
A little hard to take 2
Not at all hard to take 26
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 13
Not specified 20

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Calcium Carbonate after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Pantoprazole (Protonix) 1

Patients stopped taking Calcium Carbonate and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Esomeprazole (Nexium) 1
Pantoprazole (Protonix) 1
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2 patient evaluations for Calcium Carbonate

Feb 26, 2010 (Started Jan 27, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2500 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 23, 2009 (Started Dec 23, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for vitamin D deficiency)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1500 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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