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If taking prednisone, how much calcium supplementation do you need?

If taking prednisone, how much calcium supplementation do you need?

Depends on diet: Your personal needs for calcium supplementation depends on how much calcium you are getting in your diet. Vitamin d is needed to absorb calcium so you need to make sure you are not vitamin d deficient. Prednisone taken for more than 8 weeks has been shown to contribute to bone density loss. See your doctor and ask if he/she would recommend getting a DEXA scan and vitamin d levels checked. ...Read more

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Okay to take prednisone same time as calcium supplement?

Okay to take prednisone same time as calcium supplement?

Yes can take: It ihas been concluded that prednison ldp has a negative eff?ects on bone metabolism, since bone formation decrease while bone resorption remained-- unchanged or decreased slightly. The increase in PTH during ldp could be prevented by Calcitriol combined with calcium supplementation. ...Read more

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Can I try 3-4 TUMS (calcium carbonate) for severe leg cramps while on Prednisone? I do take multivitamin & a Magnesium, Zinc, Calcium supplement. Have OA. Any harm?

Can I try 3-4 TUMS (calcium carbonate) for severe leg cramps while on Prednisone?  I do take multivitamin & a Magnesium, Zinc, Calcium supplement.  Have OA. Any harm?

Possibly: TUMs (calcium carbonate) may affect the absorption of other medications. Also if they have calcium in them you do not want to go above 1,500 mg of calcium a day because of the risk of kidney stones. Also you said you have OA and we typically do not use Prednisone for that condition. Please make certain of your diagnosis ...Read more

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I am 44. My health is okay but I am in a wheelchair. I have been dairy free without calcium supplementation for over a year. I have started getting cavities all of a sudden. Is osteoporosis highly likely at this point? My mom has it.

I am 44. My health is okay but I am in a wheelchair. I have been dairy free without calcium supplementation for over a year. I have started getting cavities all of a sudden. Is osteoporosis highly likely at this point? My mom has it.

Possibly: Really two separate things. Being in a wheelchair without regular weight bearing and low calcium intake may put you at increased risk for osteoporosis. Cavities are usually not related to osteoporosis, although some component of dental disease can occur if the bone quality of the mandible becomes severely affected. Consider a bone density test to check for osteoporosis. Thanks for question. ...Read more

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Does calcium supplementation prevent postmenopausal bone loss?

Does calcium supplementation prevent postmenopausal bone loss?

No: But it will enhance bone remodeling, and if on bisphosphonate agent, it will potentiate it's effect as shown in a recent study. Concomitant vitamin d is recommended. Talk with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is taking citracal safe if having a history of kidney stones due to lack of adequate calcium supplementation?

Is taking citracal safe if having a history of kidney stones due to lack of adequate calcium supplementation?

Calcium: It may seem strange to take calcium to help prevent kidney stone, but this can be one of the beneficial measures to take to prevent stones. Most kidney stones are calcium oxylate. If you take oral calcium, the calcium binds with oxylate in the GI tract and is eliminated through the intestine. Oxylate that is not bound in the GI tract enters the blood stream and can end up in the kidney. ...Read more

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How much calcium does someone taking prednisone need?

How much calcium does someone taking prednisone need?

1.2-1.5 grams daily: No evidence saying taking more is more beneficial, even while taking prednisone. ...Read more

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56 yr old woman taking 5mg prednisone ever day for 30 yrs.Need to take calcium w/vitamind. What brand do you recommend .

No specific brand: Definitely calcium supplementation is needed together with vitamin d, that's to supplement daily requirements, higher doses might be needed depending on other tests / bone densitometry, suggest an evaluation by primary md / endocrinologist. ...Read more

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How much calcium does someone taking 40 mg of prednisone a day probably need?

How much calcium does someone taking 40 mg of prednisone a day probably need?

It depends: In general, it depends on your health issues, especially your kidney function. Ask your doctor. If ok would take 1200-1500 mg of calcium daily divided into 2 doses. Also take 800 iu vitamin d daily. Ask your doctor about checking your bone density and 25 hydroxy- vitamin d level. ...Read more

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