What is Calcium?

Category: Supplements

Most popular types: Cal-600 Spring Valley Calcium Calcium Oyster Shell Show all

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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 452 57
Osteopenia 128 54
Osteoporosis 89 26
Multiple sclerosis 29 6
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 14 1

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  • Major
  • 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 5
Mild 13
None 151

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Calcium

Side effect Patients
Constipation 8
Nausea 2
Bladder inflammation 1
Calcification of gallbladder which can lead to stomach cancer 1
Diarrhea 1
Eosinophilic gastroenteritis 1

Show all 11 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Calcium

Dosage Patients
1,200 mg daily 25
600 mg daily 23
500 mg daily 9
1,250 mg daily 9
1,000 mg daily 7
daily 6
1,000 mg daily 4
500 mg twice daily 4
600 mg twice daily 4
1,500 mg daily 4

See all 49 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Calcium

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 56
Did not seem to work 15
Doctor's advice 15
Personal research 14
Expense 13
Side effects too severe 8
Course of treatment ended 5
Change in health plan coverage 1
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Duration

Currently taking Calcium

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 7
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 18
5 - 10 years 54
10 years or more 48

Stopped taking Calcium

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 5
1 - 6 months 24
6 months - 1 year 17
1 - 2 years 11
2 - 5 years 33
5 - 10 years 10
10 years or more 12
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 107
Usually 46
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 29
Not at all hard to take 128
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 3
< $25 86
Not specified 83
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17 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

Jun 30, 2012 (Started Mar 19, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for osteopenia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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