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A 19-year-old female asked:

why is calcium carbonate given to patients with agn?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Hyperphosphatemia.: Calcium binds with dietary phosphate causing it to be excreted in the stool. This prevents hyperphosphatemia which is an important concern in advanced renal failure.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
AGN: Calcium & phosphorus r important for healthy bones, muscles, and nerves; however, in renal disease phosphorus may accumulate leading to unwanted consequences (including lowered calcium); thus calcium supplements (citrate/ carbonate/et al) r given to bind excess phosphate for excretion.

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Which type of calcium supplement to take is the very best?

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