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Do calcium supplements interfere with the absorption of some medications?

Do calcium supplements interfere with the absorption of some medications?

Yes.: They can significantly lower the amount of thyroid hormone that gets absorbed. Because calcium is a positively charged ion, it can bind to any negatively charged chemical, including levothyroxine. Spacing the thyroid hormone at least 2 hours from calcium (including antacids such as tums), iron, multi-vitamins, and certain other meds can help keep thyroid blood levels stable. ...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


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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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Help please! When should I take my calcium supplements?

Spread out: Hi. Calcium supplements are fractionally a little better absorbed if they're broken up into several times per day than all at once. The trade off is that people often don't remember to take things multiple times/day, and if you forget, you're better taking a bunch all at once than not taking it at all. And don't forget to get enough vitamin D (preferably D3, a few thousand units/day). ...Read more

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Why is it now being said not to take calcium supplements?

Why is it now being said not to take calcium supplements?

Increase heart risk: Some very large studies have recently found increased risk of heart attack in men & women & increased risk of death from heart disease in men taking calcium suups. It is thought that calcium supps can increase calcium deposits in the arteries. However, calcium helps with osteoporosis & taking vit k with calcium should prevent this problem. See http://www. Medscape. Com/viewarticle/779420 & comment:. ...Read more

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Can you tell me when does a woman need to take calcium supplements?

Can you tell me when does a woman need to take calcium supplements?

Low diet intake.: Calcium supplements are recommended if the dietary intake of calcium is low. Dairy products are the main source of calcium, particularly milk and yogurt. 8 ounces of milk or yogurt contain about 300 mg of calcium. 800-1000 mg of calcium is generally considered a nutritional requirement. ...Read more

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Could it be alright to take calcium supplements while boxing training?

Yes: This is fine. As a ringside physician myself, there's no reason not to supplement. I've been impressed with the level of sportsmanship in boxing and wish you the best. ...Read more

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Can you explain if it's safe to take two 600mg calcium supplements a day?

Can you explain if it's safe to take two 600mg calcium supplements a day?

See below: Up to 1500 mg of calcium is safe to take per day in a healthy person (normal GI and kidney functions). ...Read more

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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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I'm a 31 year old female and was advised to take calcium supplements. Is it alright to take 1200mg elemental calcium/day? Most have 600mg/pill.

I'm a 31 year old female and was advised to take calcium supplements. Is it alright to take 1200mg elemental calcium/day? Most have 600mg/pill.

Depends on diet.: Given your age, you are recommended to take in 1000 mg/day. Do you get any calcium via your diet? If you do, I would probably stick with one 600 mg pill/day. If you hardly take in calcium, 2 pills/day. You don't want to exceed 2500 mg/day total from all sources.
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http://ods. Od.Nih. Gov/factsheets/calcium-healthprofessional/. ...Read more

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Is there evidence showing antacids are worthless as calcium supplements?

Is there evidence showing antacids are worthless as calcium supplements?

Not necessarily: I have understood that it is perfectly ok to use Tums for instance as a calcium supplement-- it comes in different strengths, including a 750 and 1000 mg strength (of calcium carbonate). What I had read was that your body cannot deal with more than about 500mg at a time anyway so I'm not sure the strength actually matters. It's important to take the calcium with meals several times daily. ...Read more

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Do calcium supplements make you grow taller?

Do calcium supplements make you grow taller?

No: They may help to attain your full growth potential - but they will not make you taller. ...Read more

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How many calcium supplements to take for osteopenia?

How many calcium supplements to take for osteopenia?

Depends: Daily recommended intake for women 19-49 is 1000mg per day, over 50 is 1200mg per day. It is also important to make sure you are eating a healthy, balanced, diet. ...Read more

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Are calcium supplements really necessary for children?

Are calcium supplements really necessary for children?

Diet dependent: Hello. If a child is consuming calcium-containing foods on a daily basis (milk, cheese, yogurt, tofu, kale, etc), there is no need for additional calcium supplementation. I would only recommend supplements if your child "refuses" to consume any of these foods. Daily calcium is important for normal bone mineralization to aid with growth and prevent fractures. ...Read more

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Should a person with pseudogout avoid taking calcium supplements?

Should a person with pseudogout avoid taking calcium supplements?

No, calcium is a hea: No, calcium is a health decision. Pseudogout is associated with increased deposition of calcium pyrophosphate dehydrate deposition in your cartilage, soft tissues, etc. If your body need calcium and you are not ingesting enough, your body will take it from your bones. Calcium suppleemts is not known to provoke pseudogout. ...Read more

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Do calcium supplements interfere with the absorption of medicines?

Sometimes.: Calcium can interfere with thyroid hormone absorption and some other medications. This information is usually given with the medication. ...Read more

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Can u get furred-up ateries from excessive use of calcium supplements?

Can u get furred-up ateries from excessive use of calcium supplements?

Furred-up?: I am not sure what you mean by furred-up but studies suggest that taking calcium by itself can increase risk of atherosclerosis (calcium deposits within the walls of the arteries). However, if you take calcium with magnesium and vitamin k this should not be a problem- see https://www. Lef. Org/magazine/mag2012/aug2012_potential-danger-of-calcium-supplements_01.Htm
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If you take calcium supplements daily, can your body ever become immune to it?

Calcium: It won't become immune. Your levels, if too high may cause abdominal pain, kidney stones, as well as other hypercalcemic issues in the musculoskeletal system. ...Read more

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Would it be healthy or bad to take calcium supplements when your 16 years old?

Would it be healthy or bad to take calcium supplements when your 16 years old?

Calcium: If you are not getting adequate mounts of calcium as a texan, which should be bout 1600 mg/day, then it should e taken as supplement with vitamin d. ...Read more

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Was having headaches that taking calcium supplements made go away does this mean that they are related?

Was having headaches that taking calcium supplements made go away does this mean that they are related?

Headache: It's unlikely that calcium supplement intake and headaches are interrelated unless you are known to have low calcium levels but even then, headaches is such a non-specific symptom that it's hard to find a reason often for it. Calcium supplement may play a role of placebo as well. ...Read more

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I'm 27, allergetic to dairy. So I take calcium supplements 2pills daily and each pill has 500mg calcium and 400iu vitD. Is it enough?

I'm 27, allergetic to dairy. So I take calcium supplements 2pills daily and each pill has 500mg calcium and 400iu vitD. Is it enough?

Yes.: Look at the nutrition.gov website to review the new dietary guidelines which have replaced the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) with Dietary Reference Intake (DRI). Unless you are very big or very small your intake of Vitamin D is quite adequate. ...Read more

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There are so many calcium supplements on the market Which supplements are best absorbed and limit the use of artificial ingredients?

There are so many calcium supplements on the market Which supplements are best absorbed and limit the use of artificial ingredients?

People need less: Calcium than previously thought. Please don't take it by itself but get a product that contains co-factors such as d, k, boron, etc, . They the calcium will go to your bones and not your blood vessels. ...Read more

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I have a bottle of calcium supplements & on the bottle I read that they expired 07/13. Should I throw them away or are they still good?

I have a bottle of calcium supplements & on the bottle I read that they expired 07/13. Should I throw them away or are they still good?

Get a new one: They would probably not hurt you if you took them, but they may not be as effective as a new bottle. It is best to throw them out and get a new bottle. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed a while back & asked 2 wear rubber insoles. Want 2 know if taking calcium supplements would lead 2 extra growth of my calcanial spur?

I was diagnosed a while back & asked 2 wear rubber insoles. Want 2 know if taking calcium supplements would lead 2 extra growth of my calcanial spur?

Spur: That spur is there in reaction to over stretching of plantar ligament attached just inside calcaneus. The becomes inflammed at attachment (enthesiopathies) then calcified literally keep ligament from pulling off bone. Besides insoles there are stretching exercises, sometimes injections, rarely surgery. Consult physical therapist or dr. ...Read more

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Is it true antacids are worthless calcium supplements?

Is it true antacids are worthless calcium supplements?

Not true.: If you use calcium-containing antacids (like tums), you will get a good supply of calcium in addition to antacid effect. Other antacids (magnesium-containing, or so-called acid blockers like Pepcid (famotidine) or zantac) do not give you any calcium. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Lang
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Calcium Supplements (Definition)

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 ...Read more