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 osteoperosis.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
General health 467 59
Osteopenia 137 61
Osteoporosis 96 25
Multiple sclerosis 29 6
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 20 1

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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 3
Moderate 6
Mild 15
None 159

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Calcium

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

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Calcium

Dosage Patients
1,200 mg daily 26
600 mg daily 23
1,000 mg daily 14
1,250 mg daily 12
500 mg daily 10
500 mg twice daily 6
1,500 mg daily 6
daily 6
600 mg twice daily 4
648 mg twice daily 4

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Why patients stopped taking Calcium

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Reason Patients
Other 61
Did not seem to work 17
Doctor's advice 17
Personal research 16
Expense 14
Side effects too severe 11
Course of treatment ended 5
Change in health plan coverage 1
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Duration

Currently taking Calcium

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 8
1 - 2 years 11
2 - 5 years 17
5 - 10 years 59
10 years or more 76

Stopped taking Calcium

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 5
1 - 6 months 29
6 months - 1 year 19
1 - 2 years 14
2 - 5 years 35
5 - 10 years 10
10 years or more 14
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 115
Usually 49
Sometimes 16
Never taken as prescribed 3
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 5
Somewhat hard to take 10
A little hard to take 32
Not at all hard to take 136
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 3
< $25 90
Not specified 90
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20 patient evaluations for Calcium

Jul 24, 2017 (Started Apr 01, 1990)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for osteopenia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1200 mg Daily

  • 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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