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 446 52
Osteopenia 127 42
Osteoporosis 87 21
Multiple Sclerosis 29 6
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) 14 1
Hypoparathyroidism 11 4

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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 11
None 134

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Calcium

Side effect Patients
Constipation 8
Bladder inflammation 1
Calcification of gallbladder which can lead to stomach cancer 1
Diarrhea 1
Eosinophilic Gastroenteritis 1
Increased pain 1

Show all 11 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Calcium

Dosage Patients
1,200 mg daily 23
600 mg daily 22
1,250 mg daily 17
500 mg daily 12
1,000 mg daily 6
daily 6
1,000 mg daily 5
650 mg daily 4
1,500 mg daily 4
1 tablet(s) daily 3

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Why patients stopped taking Calcium

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 54
Personal research 14
Did not seem to work 13
Doctor's advice 13
Expense 12
Side effects too severe 8
Course of treatment ended 3
Change in health plan coverage 1
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Duration

Currently taking Calcium

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 10
6 months - 1 year 13
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 19
5 - 10 years 63
10 years or more 43

Stopped taking Calcium

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 23
6 months - 1 year 16
1 - 2 years 10
2 - 5 years 31
5 - 10 years 10
10 years or more 11
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 96
Usually 38
Sometimes 16
Never taken as prescribed 3
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 9
A little hard to take 26
Not at all hard to take 115
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 2
< $25 76
Not specified 75
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16 patient evaluations for Calcium

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KipWong
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KipWong
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: moderate
Arms: moderate
Chest: moderate
Legs: moderate
I am: n
I have:
ALS

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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

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jonnetworks
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jonnetworks
Gender: M
Data Quality: 0 stars
32 M
I am: g
I have:
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia)

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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

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Chelena
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Chelena
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 61
Condition: Undifferentiated Inflammatory Arthritis 22 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Moderate
  • Physical: Mild
I am: g
I have:
Undifferentiated Inflammatory Arthritis

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Jun 10, 2012 (Started Mar 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 750 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Recent medical studies show that taking Magnesium/calcium supplement have so significant benefits that are not already provided by a healthy diet. I eat a very healthy diet.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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