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I am having constipation issues and need help i have also had a gastric bypass in 2006 and have never been regular i drink coffee every day, tea, oj, and crystal light. I take 325 mg of iron daily, tylenol 3, 3 calcium citrate daily and 2 vitamins daily.

I am having constipation issues and need help
i have also had a gastric bypass in 2006 and have never been regular i drink coffee every day, tea, oj, and crystal light. I take 325 mg of iron daily, tylenol 3, 3 calcium citrate daily and 2 vitamins daily.

Can make changes: Try switching to a less constipating form of iron (e.g., ferrous bisglycinate) and try to moderate consumption of diuretic drinks like coffee/oj. Magnesium and vitamin c supplementation can also help with constipation (although mg+ can interfere with calcium absorption if you're low). For vit c, start with buffered powder, add a heaping 1/2 tsp to water/juice, & increase by 1/2 tsp/day until ok. ...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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Which is better for bone health: calcium carbonate or calcium citrate? Specifically, which one has a higher chance of causing kidney stones?

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

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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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