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What side effects might I have from calcium citrate with vitamin D?

Based on information from iGuard.org, a free medication monitoring service, 23% of patients experience side effects while taking Calcium Citrate with Vitamin D. Some of the side effects reported by iGuard members include: Constipation, and Nausea/Vomiting. Please follow up with your doctor or other healthcare provider if you are experiencing any symptoms that worsen or do not go away.

The most common side effects of calcium citrate with vitamin D are constipation and stomach upset. Calcium citrate may be less likely to cause constipation than calcium carbonate, a form found in many antacid tablets. High dosages of either form may lead to nausea, loss of appetite, kidney damage, confusion and an irregular heart rhythm. The recommended intake of calcium is no more than 2,500 milligrams a day from supplements and foods.

With or without vitamin D, the bone-building mineral can also interact with certain medications, such as aluminum-containing antacids and certain antibiotics, along with medications for thyroid conditions, hypertension, high cholesterol, irregular heartbeats and seizures. Because of potential risks, it’s important to speak with your health-care provider before taking a calcium supplement.

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