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 382 108
Osteoporosis 149 26
Vitamin D deficiency 100 29
Osteopenia 49 9
Multiple Sclerosis 38 9
Doctor recommendation 25 3

Show all 98 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 14
None 203

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

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

Show all 14 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Calcium/Vitamin D

Dosage Patients
2 x 600 mg-200 units daily 11
2 x 600 mg-400 intl units daily 7
600 mg-200 intl units daily 6
600 mg daily 6
2 x 600 mg-200 intl units daily 5
600 mg-200 units daily 5
1,200 mg daily 5
1 tablet(s) daily 4
600 mg-400 intl units daily 4
500 mg-200 intl units daily 3

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Why patients stopped taking Calcium/Vitamin D

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 59
Doctor's advice 21
Personal research 19
Did not seem to work 17
Expense 8
Course of treatment ended 6
Side effects too severe 1
See all 120 patients who’ve stopped taking Calcium/Vitamin D

Duration

Currently taking Calcium/Vitamin D

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 22
5 - 10 years 45
10 years or more 45

Stopped taking Calcium/Vitamin D

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 10
1 - 6 months 23
6 months - 1 year 17
1 - 2 years 21
2 - 5 years 32
5 - 10 years 13
10 years or more 7
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 129
Usually 58
Sometimes 24
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 168
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 4
< $25 117
Not specified 101
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39 patient evaluations for Calcium/Vitamin D

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reikihh
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reikihh
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
On
Mouth/throat: mild
Arms: mild
Chest: mild
Legs: mild
I am: g
I have:
Parkinson's

See reikihh's full Calcium/Vitamin D history

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
suzzie
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suzzie
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Sensation: Severe
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: severe
I am: vg
I have:
MS

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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
marie1970
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marie1970
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Pain: Some
Fatigue: All
Sleep: Little
Stiffness: Most
function: Little
external_stress: Some
Stickman: some
Description:F46y
CFS:19y Dx
I am: b
I have:
ME/CFS

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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

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