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 449 56
Osteopenia 126 51
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 11
None 146

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

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Calcium

Dosage Patients
600 mg daily 24
1,200 mg daily 24
500 mg daily 11
1,250 mg daily 11
daily 8
1,000 mg daily 6
500 mg twice daily 4
600 mg twice daily 4
1,500 mg daily 4
650 mg daily 3

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Why patients stopped taking Calcium

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 54
Did not seem to work 14
Doctor's advice 14
Personal research 14
Expense 12
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 4
6 months - 1 year 10
1 - 2 years 7
2 - 5 years 20
5 - 10 years 57
10 years or more 47

Stopped taking Calcium

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 5
1 - 6 months 23
6 months - 1 year 17
1 - 2 years 10
2 - 5 years 33
5 - 10 years 10
10 years or more 11
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 104
Usually 42
Sometimes 16
Never taken as prescribed 3
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 4
Somewhat hard to take 9
A little hard to take 29
Not at all hard to take 123
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 3
< $25 82
Not specified 80
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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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