A 35-year-old member asked:
Are there any side effects to taking a calcium supplement?
2 doctor answers • 3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Quang Nguyenanswered
Specializes in Endocrinology
Depends: No serious side effects if taken as directed. If too much, can cause high calcium level in the blood and subsequently urine, kidney stone, low magnesium in blood, constipation, nausea...The last two symptoms can occur even at normal replacement dose.
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Dr. David Geffneranswered
Endocrinology 56 years experience
Heart attacks: If you believe a metanalysis of several small studies published in a british medical journal 2 years ago. The national osteoporosis foundation in response has suggested getting calcium in food and has published several lists of foods high in calcium.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Side effects of calcium supplement?
1 doctor answer • 3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Steven Charlapanswered
Holistic Medicine 39 years experience
Multiple: The body needs calcium to maintain strong bones. However, supplemental calcium can also contribute to calcification of arteries which can lead to strokes and heart attacks. Speak to your physician about how to best meet your calcium needs without increasing your risks. Natural sources of calcium are usually the safest.
5.7k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
A 42-year-old member asked:
Side effect of calcium supplement?
1 doctor answer • 2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Eduardo Haddadanswered
Nephrology and Dialysis 48 years experience
Usually none: Most people can regulate calcium absorption so as to fit their skeletal needs. There are others who develop excessive absorption with consequent increase in urine calcium creating a risk for kidney stones. This is particularly true if you take more than 800 units of vitamin d per day.
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Last updated May 16, 2020
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