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Dr. Robert Lang
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Calcium Supplements (Overview)

Typically babies get plenty of calcium from breast milk or formula. Whenever they don't, for instance for babies with galactosemia, calcium supplementation is important to support the rapidly growing body.


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What can calcium supplements do to you if not needed?

What can calcium supplements do to you if not needed?

Excess calcium.: If you get more than you need, and your parathyroids are normal, you will urinate or defecate the excess. No problem. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Lang
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Calcium Supplements (Overview)

Typically babies get plenty of calcium from breast milk or formula. Whenever they don't, for instance for babies with galactosemia, calcium supplementation is important to support the rapidly growing body.


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Can you tell me exactly when is the best time of day to take calcium supplements?

Morning and evening: Calcium supplements should be taken in split doses if 1000 mg is the amount. Absorption is less effective if taken all at once. ...Read more

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Not digesting calcium? Can somebody have trouble digesting the calcium supplements she takes?

Not digesting calcium? Can somebody have trouble digesting the calcium supplements she takes?

Yes: Calcium carbonate requires stomach acid for it to dissolve. People who are older don't make as much stomach acid. People who take meds for reflux or ulcers will also make less acid. Calcium citrate does not require stomach acid to dissolve. ...Read more

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Husband prescribed levofloxacin for bronchitis, said not to take with calcium, does that mean he cannot take it with milk or just calcium supplements?

Husband prescribed levofloxacin for bronchitis, said not to take with calcium, does that mean he cannot take it with milk or just calcium supplements?

Space it out: Calcium can bind to Ciprofloxacin and make it not able to be absorbed; what you can do is to take the ciprofloxacin, then two hours later, take the supplement or milk. Space out exposure to make sure the medication is absorbed. ...Read more

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Age 40, have a fibroid 2.8x2.2cm, can I use calcium supplements?

Age 40, have a fibroid 2.8x2.2cm,  can I use calcium supplements?

Yes: There is no contraindication of taking a calcium supplement with a uterine fibroid. ...Read more

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What to do if I do not like milk or cheese they make me throw up, I don't think I could get enough calcium from yogurt etc do calcium supplements actually work?

Yes, they work: Hi. If calcium supplements are the only way you get calcium into your body, then yes, they work fine! Be sure to get enough vitamin D (2,000 IU per day or more, depending on several things); that will help you absorb the calcium. Better to take the calcium supplements in several different doses throughout the day; absorbs better that way. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take calcium supplement with good amount of dairy products?

Is it safe to take calcium supplement with good amount of dairy products?

Depends: It depends on the reason why you are taking the calcium replacement. If you don't have bone problems (osteopenia/osteoporosis) or hypoparathyroidism (chronically low calcium on blood test) then you don't need to take calcium supplement and should get it from food such as dairy products. If you have the above conditions, then calcium suplements (at the recommended dose) + food are perfectly safe. ...Read more

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Side effect of calcium supplement?

Side effect of calcium supplement?

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. ...Read more

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Side effects of calcium supplement?

Side effects of calcium supplement?

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. ...Read more

Dr. Randy Baker
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Supplements (Definition)

A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more