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Calcium Supplements


 

Calcium Supplementation

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Adequate calcium and vitamin D intake is very important for maintaining bone health at all ages. Most of us don’t consume enough of these essential nutrients from our typical diets. Therefore, your doctor has recommended an over-the-counter supplement to maximize your daily intake of calcium and vitamin D.

 

xxx If you experience gastrointestinal side effects while taking other products, you may tolerate calcium citrate better.


Listed below are some commonly available brand-name calcium and vitamin D supplements. Many generic formulations with similar calcium and vitamin D content are available but are not listed here due to the multitude of products.

 

 

Brand

 

Elemental Calcium Content Per Tablet

Vitamin D

Content

Per Tablet

 

Comments

Caltrate® 600

  Caltrate 600 with vitamin D

  Caltrate 600 with vitamin D Soft Chews

600 mg

600 mg

600 mg

None

200 IU

200 IU

Calcium carbonate

Citracal® + D

Citracal +D Soft Chews

315 mg

500 mg

200 IU

200 IU

Calcium citratexxx

Os-Cal® 500

Os-Cal 500 + D

   Os-Cal 500 + D Chewable

500 mg

500 mg

500 mg

None

200 IU

400 IU

Calcium carbonate

  Maalox® DS Soft Chews

  Maalox Extra Strength Chewable Tablets

400 mg

400mg

None

None

Calcium carbonate

Multivitamins (e.g., Centrum®; One-A Day®)

Varies

400 IU

Adequate vitamin D, but typically not enough calcium

Posture®-D

600 mg

125 IU

Tribasic calcium phosphate; contains phosphorus as well as magnesium

Tums® Extra Strength

Tums Ultra

300 mg

400 mg

None

None

Calcium carbonate

Viactiv® Calcium

500 mg

100 IU

Calcium carbonate

 




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