What is Calcium/Vitamin D?

Category: Supplements

Most popular types: Calcium 600 plus D Calcium Citrate and Vitamin D Calcium Magnesium and Vitamin D3 Show all

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See also: Parathyroid-calcium-vitamin D

Eating a balanced diet with enough calcium and vitamin D is a key step in the prevention of osteoporosis. Dietary supplements are an alternative and by combining calcium and vitamin D, calcium absorption by the stomach is improved.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
General health 385 108
Osteoporosis 157 29
Osteopenia 50 10
Multiple sclerosis 38 10
Doctor recommendation 25 3

Show all 83 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 4
Mild 15
None 209

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Calcium/Vitamin D

Side effect Patients
Constipation 2
Heartburn 2
Back pain 1
Bad taste in mouth 1
Bone loss in jaw 1
Bone pain 1

Show all 15 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Calcium/Vitamin D

Dosage Patients
2 x 600 mg-200 units daily 13
600 mg-400 intl units daily 9
600 mg daily 6
2 x 600 mg-200 intl units daily 5
2 x 600 mg-400 intl units daily 5
500 mg daily 4
600-200 var units daily 4
600 mg-125 units daily 4
2 x 500 mg-400 intl units daily 4
1,200 mg daily 4

See all 69 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Calcium/Vitamin D

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 62
Doctor's advice 22
Personal research 19
Did not seem to work 17
Expense 8
Course of treatment ended 6
Change in health plan coverage 1
Side effects too severe 1
See all 123 patients who've stopped taking Calcium/Vitamin D

Duration

Currently taking Calcium/Vitamin D

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 18
5 - 10 years 58
10 years or more 46

Stopped taking Calcium/Vitamin D

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 9
1 - 6 months 23
6 months - 1 year 17
1 - 2 years 21
2 - 5 years 33
5 - 10 years 15
10 years or more 8
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 132
Usually 61
Sometimes 25
Never taken as prescribed 11
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 7
Somewhat hard to take 13
A little hard to take 34
Not at all hard to take 175
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 4
< $25 121
Not specified 104
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39 patient evaluations for Calcium/Vitamin D

Oct 2, 2016 (Started Jun 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Advice & Tips: I stopped taking this med long ago because I felt I needed to reduce the number of meds I was on.  I stopped this probably 2013.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 1, 2013 (Started Jun 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg-200 intl units Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 26, 2016 (Started Jan 11, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 x 600 mg-200 units Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 20, 2016 (Started Feb 03, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Treat side effects of another treatment)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for polymyalgia rheumatica)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Stopped bc prednisolone treatment stopped, but also because they are sweet and chalky and it made me nauseous to even think of taking them (no side effect, just psychological).
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 5, 2015 (Started Feb 03, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Prescribed against osteoporosis when on Pred.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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