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 6
General health 23 3
Acid reflux 10 2
Stomach pain 6 4
gastroesophageal reflux disease 5 2
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
Severe 0
Moderate 0
Mild 2
None 24

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Calcium Carbonate

Side effect Patients
Alternating constipation and diarrhea 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Calcium Carbonate

Dosage Patients
500mg as needed 3
1 capsule(s) twice daily 1
2 daily 1
2 g daily 1
3 g daily 1
500 mg weekly 1
500 mg daily 1
750 mg daily 1
800 mg daily 1
1,000 mg daily 1

See all 16 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Calcium Carbonate

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 6
Did not seem to work 4
Course of treatment ended 3
Doctor's advice 1
Personal research 1
See all 15 patients who've stopped taking Calcium Carbonate

Duration

Currently taking Calcium Carbonate

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

Stopped taking Calcium Carbonate

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 11
Usually 5
Sometimes 7
Never taken as prescribed 3
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 19
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 9
Not specified 17

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
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1 patient evaluation for Calcium Carbonate

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mlsh68
Data Quality: 0 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 48
Condition: 2 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Unreported
  • Physical: Unreported

See mlsh68's full Calcium Carbonate history

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

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