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What are the side effects of calcium supplements?

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Gas, bloating, and constipation are common Divvy your dose up into servings and to take them with food. Drinking more fluids may help you avoid these things, too.

Calcium can make certain drugs less effective, so talk to your doctor if you're taking a prescription medicine for osteoporosis or Paget's disease, seizures, or thyroid problems, or an antibiotic.

Some antacids, laxatives, and steroids can pull calcium out of your body or keep you from using it well.

SOURCES:

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "A Guide to Calcium-Rich Foods," "Calcium and Vitamin D: What You Need to Know."

Ross, C. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, January 2011.

National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements: "Calcium."

Shufelt, C. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, July/August 2015.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 29, 2020

SOURCES:

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "A Guide to Calcium-Rich Foods," "Calcium and Vitamin D: What You Need to Know."

Ross, C. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, January 2011.

National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements: "Calcium."

Shufelt, C. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, July/August 2015.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 29, 2020

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