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Doctor insights on: Calcium Orotate Vs Calcium Citrate

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What is the difference between calcium citrate vs calcium pyruvate?

What is the difference between calcium citrate vs calcium pyruvate?

Depends on use: Calcium pyruvate is currently being pushed as a supplement for weight loss, but without proof. It has not been evaluated for treatment or prevention of osteoporosis and is considerably more expensive than calcium citrate. ...Read more

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Is it actually healthy for a 17 year old male to take calcium citrate?

Is it actually healthy for a 17 year old male to take calcium citrate?

Yes: About 1000 mg a day with vitamin d3. Vit d is needed to help absorb the calcium. ...Read more

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I have benign fasiculation syndrome; however, calcium citrate controls it to the point I feel cured. My calcium level is normal. Why?

I have benign fasiculation syndrome; however, calcium citrate controls it to the point I feel cured. My calcium level is normal. Why?

Don't know: We do not know what causes this condition. We do know most people get better with time and no other treatment. If the calcium citrate works for you and you have no side effects from it, I would continue it. Sorry I could not provider a better answer. This is a condition we do not understand very well. Best of luck. Dr R ...Read more

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How much magnesium glycinate should I take with 1000mg of calcium citrate a day (for osteoporosis)?

How much magnesium glycinate should I take with 1000mg of calcium citrate a day (for osteoporosis)?

Generally none: Check w/your doctor. Magnesium can interfere with the absorption of calcium if you take them together. You don't need to replace magnesium unless you're deficient. ...Read more

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How long does it take for calcium citrate supplements to enter your system after taking them? I don't take them with food.

A couple of hours: Calcium will start entering circulation in a couple of hours, provided you have sufficient vitamin d in your system. ...Read more

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How far apart should multivitamins and calcium citrate supplements be taken?

How far apart should multivitamins and calcium citrate supplements be taken?

No time limit: Multivitamins and calcium supplements actually can be taken together..Vitamins in general are relatively easy to absorb under normal condition and calcium does not prevent their absorption and the reverse is also true...So, take them whenever it is convenient for you..
Stay well..Keep healthy..An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure..
Good luck. ...Read more

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What's the difference between calcium citrate and calcium carbonate?

What's the difference between calcium citrate and calcium carbonate?

Absorption: Calcium citrate and calcium carbonate are calcium supplements which are recommended to people who do not use dairy products. Calcium carbonate is not well absorbed in people who have low amounts of acid in the stomach. Calcium citrate is well absorbed in the absence of acid. ...Read more

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Is calcium citrate for kidney stone patient safe?

Is calcium citrate for kidney stone patient  safe?

Relatively safe: The citrate in calcium citrate is helpful to prevent stone disease. Calcium however could increase calcium excretion in urine. It has the potential of binding oxalate in the gut which is a beneficial effect. If using calcium citrate, need your doc to evaluate your 24 hour calcium excretion in urine to ascertain that the total calcium excretion in urine is not elevated. ...Read more

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What are the pros and cons of calcium citrate vs. Calcium carbonate for osteoporosis?

What are the pros and cons of calcium citrate vs. Calcium carbonate for osteoporosis?

Absorption: Citrate is a little easier to absorb and more calcium dense. Both work if you take enough, take them properly, and make sure you get in at least 2, 000 units of vitamin d3 a day. If you truly have osteoporosis, your doctor may want you to take additional medication as well. ...Read more

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Is calcium citrate safe for heart patients or does it increase heart and/or stroke risk?

Is calcium citrate safe for heart patients or does it increase heart and/or stroke risk?

Linked to increase: See my blog for full story. http://mdprevent.blogspot.com/2013/02/calcium-and-heart-disease-whats-story.html. ...Read more

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How is calcium citrate diferent from standard calcium supplement?That's having magnesium &zinc added. Which type of calcium i shd take, i can't ve dairy

How is calcium citrate diferent from standard calcium supplement?That's having magnesium &zinc added. Which type of calcium i shd take, i can't ve dairy

Citrate preferred: Calcium citrate can be easily absorbed and dissolved when compared to calcium bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate). Magnesium is often added because it may provide further benefit and because it tends to counter the constipating effect of calcium. ...Read more

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Does calcium citrate prevent kidney stones?

Does calcium citrate prevent kidney stones?

Calcium citrate: No, calcium citrate will not prevent kidney stones. The calcium is too much and the citrate is not enough. Citrate is relevant as a strone preventer, but you should get citrate from lemon, orange, and Urocit K and Bicitra (citric acid and sodium citrate) and Polycitra. ...Read more

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What is better for bones? Calcium carbonate or calcium citrate?

What is better for bones? Calcium carbonate or calcium citrate?

Either ok: Either form of calcium is reasonable to take as a supplement. Choose a form that you won't mind taking as some are definitely more palatable than others. Calcium citrate may be somewhat better absorbed as calcium is best absorbed with some acid. In general, what is more important is to space out your calcium consumption throughout the day as possible since if you take all your calcium at one time it is not well absorbed. ...Read more

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Is calcium carbonate a better calcium supplement than calcium citrate?

No: No, the only difference is that the former is better taken with food whereas the latter (calcium citrate) can be taken on an empty stomach. ...Read more

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What calcium supplement should I use, calcium carbonate or calcium citrate?

Either: Just make sure you take the proper amount to balance with your diet and take 2000 units vitamin d3 as well, citrate is easier to absorb and doesn't need to be taken with meals, but can be more expensive and less "calcium dense" per pill. ...Read more

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Which is a better calcium supplement: calcium carbonate or calcium citrate? Why?

Calcium: Not much to choose from.
Go to the drug store and look at the several options for calcium. Carefully read the comments on each one and choose the one you think is best for you. Try focusing on the less expensive end. ...Read more

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I need a calcium citrate supplement with D with no artificial sweeteners. I am sensitive to them and have had roux en y.

I need a calcium citrate supplement with D with no artificial sweeteners.  I am sensitive to them and have had roux en y.

I'm sure they exist: Hi. I'd suggest you read the labels of these products to see what's in them. If that fails, ask the pharmacist. I'm sure products like what you're looking for exist. Good luck! ...Read more

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I need a calcium citrate chewable that does not contain artificial sweeteners. I have had gastric bypass?

I need a calcium citrate chewable that does not contain artificial sweeteners.  I have had gastric bypass?

Art sweetner prob ok: I don't believe there is a big problem using artificial sweetners after gastric bypass. Simple sugars such as contained in regular soda pop are a problem and can cause the dumping syndrome after by-pass. Perhaps artificial sweetners don't agree with you. Your pharmacist or online search could likely turn up a calcium supplement without artificial sweetner. ...Read more

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If eating a meal high in oxalates, should I take calcium citrate supplement to minimize a kidney stone from forming?

If eating a meal high in oxalates, should I take calcium citrate supplement to minimize a kidney stone from forming?

Oxylic acid: Providing dietary calcium to bind with the oxylic acid in the GI tract can limit the amount absorbed and excreted in the urine thereby decreasing your risk of calcium oxylate crystals forming in your urine. A better strategy would still be limiting oxylic acid consumption. ...Read more

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I have osteopenia taking calcium citrate vit d I have read that calcium supplements can cause hardening of arteries is it true?

I have osteopenia taking calcium citrate vit d I have read that calcium supplements can cause hardening of arteries is it true?

Just not so: The claim that calcium supplements promote atherosclerosis was just made up. Atherosclerosis lesions may calcify; that is where any connection ends. You deserve better than to be troubled with internet scare stuff. If you are actually osteopenic at your age, the situation is very serious and I would urge you to continue educating yourself with reliable information. Your doctor is your guide. ...Read more

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I had gastric bypass (roux en y) and I have been taking calcium citrate but I found a gummy calcium triphosphate that I like. Are they equal?

I had gastric bypass (roux en y) and I have been taking calcium citrate but I found a gummy calcium triphosphate that I like.  Are they equal?

Equal pill for pill: Calcium citrate contains 211 mg of elemental calcium in a 1000 mg tablet. Gummy caltrate has about 250 mg of elemental calcium. So pill for pill, they are equivalent. ...Read more

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Zoloft (sertraline) 150 mg, magnesium 650 mg, calcium citrate+vit D3 340 mg, spirulina 3000mg, a day just wondering if this combination ok. Been having bad cramps.

Zoloft (sertraline) 150 mg, magnesium 650 mg, calcium citrate+vit D3 340 mg, spirulina 3000mg, a day just wondering if this combination ok. Been having bad cramps.

Magnesium?: I hope a doctor more expertised will also reply, but I do hear that Magnesium can interact w/ Zoloft (sertraline) (and other things) to imbalance healthy gut function. A HT physician, Dr. Randy Baker is often knowledgeable about these issues - but the pharmacist you use may have info and advice. Best! ...Read more

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Which is better for bone health: calcium carbonate or calcium citrate? Specifically, which one has a higher chance of causing kidney stones?

Calcium: Both of these will supply calcium to your body and kidneys. Calcium citrate is better absorbed than Calcium Carbonate. Calcium citrate supplies citrate, which is helpful, but the amount is very small. Carbonate is not well absorbed so will not affect urine pH. The total mg of calcium matters as well as how much fluid you drink per day and other diet content. Avoid salt, meats, and drink 4 L/day ...Read more