What is Calcium Citrate?

Category: Supplements

Most popular types: Citracal Nature's Way calcium citrate CalAbsorb Show all

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See also: Cal-Mag Citramate

Calcium citrate is used as an antacid and in the treatment and prevention of calcium deficiency or hyperphosphatemia (eg, osteoporosis, osteomalacia, mild/moderate renal insufficiency, hypoparathyroidism, postmenopausal osteoporosis, rickets).

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
General health 18 0
Osteopenia 8 5
Osteoporosis 8 5
Osteomalacia 3 1
Support bone/joint health 2 2

Show all 15 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 0
Moderate 0
Mild 1
None 11

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Calcium Citrate

Side effect Patients Percentage
Constipation 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Calcium Citrate

Dosage Patients Percentage
500 mg daily 1
630 mg daily 1
750 mg daily 1
900 mg daily 1
1000 mg daily 1
1,150 mg daily 1
500 mg three times daily 1
650 mg four times daily 1
1,040 mg three times daily 1
4 x 950-250 var units daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Calcium Citrate

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Other 3
Expense 2
Did not seem to work 1
Doctor's advice 1
See all 7 patients who've stopped taking Calcium Citrate

Duration

Currently taking Calcium Citrate

Duration Patients Percentage
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 4

Stopped taking Calcium Citrate

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

What people switch to and from

Patients stopped taking Calcium Citrate and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Parathyroid-calcium-vitamin D (Natpara) 1
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1 patient evaluation for Calcium Citrate

Sep 19, 2010 (Started Jun 01, 2000)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for osteopenia)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for muscle weakness)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1200 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Per my recent findings, 1200-1500mg may be unecessary after 3yrs of use with no positive results on dexa-scans. I'm come across further opinion that 800mg daily would be maximum recommended dosage. My head spins at determining proper ratio of calcium/magnesium/d. I just heard a convincing report that magnesium should be twice the dose as calcium. In mean time I try to eat fermented food like cabbage when able. Frustrated about the issue of correct dosage.

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