What is Calcium Carbonate?

Category: Supplements

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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 29 5
General health 26 5
Acid reflux 9 1
Stomach pain 6 4
Gastroesophageal reflux disease 5 3
Nausea 5 2

Show all 28 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
Severe 1
Moderate 0
Mild 2
None 26

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Calcium Carbonate

Side effect Patients
Alternating constipation and diarrhea 1
Excessive gas 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Calcium Carbonate

Dosage Patients
500mg as needed 4
2 500mg as needed 2
1 capsule(s) twice daily 1
2 daily 1
2 g daily 1
1 g three times daily 1
500 mg weekly 1
400 mg daily 1
800 mg daily 1
1,000 mg daily 1

See all 14 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Calcium Carbonate

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 5
Other 5
Course of treatment ended 3
Doctor's advice 2
Personal research 1
Side effects too severe 1
See all 17 patients who've stopped taking Calcium Carbonate

Duration

Currently taking Calcium Carbonate

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

Stopped taking Calcium Carbonate

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 5
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
Always 13
Usually 5
Sometimes 7
Never taken as prescribed 4
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 3
A little hard to take 2
Not at all hard to take 22
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 10
Not specified 19

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Calcium Carbonate after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Pantoprazole (Protonix) 1

Patients stopped taking Calcium Carbonate and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Esomeprazole (Nexium) 1
Pantoprazole (Protonix) 1
Last updated:

1 patient evaluation for Calcium Carbonate

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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