FAQs

Citracalpro.com answers the questions that patients commonly ask about calcium, CITRACAL® products, and more.

GENERAL CALCIUM FAQs

How much calcium do my patients need?

According to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), the daily calcium dietary allowances in milligrams are as follows1:

Age range/populationMilligrams
Birth to 6 months 200
6 months to 1 year 260
1 to 3 years 700
4 to 8 years 1000
9 to 18 years 1300
Women (19 to 50 years) 1000
Men (19 to 50 years) 1000
Men 51 to 70 years 1000
Women 51 to 70 years 1200
Pregnant/Lactating women
(19 to 50 years) 1000

Source: Institute of Medicine, Dietary Reference Intakes for Calcium.

The National Institues of Health, the National Osteoporosis Foundation, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists all support the recommendation that women who are aged 51+ get 1200 mg of calcium per day.2-4

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How much Vitamin D do my patients need?

According to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), the daily Vitamin D dietary allowances in international units (IU) are as follows1:

Age range/populationIU
Birth to 6 months 400
6 months to 1 year 400
1 to 3 years 600
4 to 8 years 600
9 to 18 years 600
19 to 50 years 600
51 to 70 years 600
71 years to older 800
Pregnant/Lactating women
(19 to 50 years) 600

Source: Institute of Medicine, Dietary Reference Intakes for Calcium.

In addition to IOM recommendations, CITRACAL meets other key recommendations as well. The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends that adults who are aged 50+ get 800 to 1000 IU of Vitamin D per day3.

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Does CITRACAL contain gluten?

CITRACAL does not add any gluten to our line of products. However, we cannot state Citracal is gluten free as it is produced in a facility that manufactures or packages other items that may contain gluten.

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Does CITRACAL contain lactose?

Lactose is not used in our formulas. Furthermore, our ingredient suppliers have confirmed that none of the ingredients used in these formulas are derived from lactose.

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PRODUCT SPECIFIC FAQs

CITRACAL MAXIMUM

What is the difference between calcium citrate and calcium carbonate?

There are several differences between calcium citrate and calcium carbonate. They include:

  • Calcium citrate is a water-soluble calcium salt, so it is not dependent on gastric acid for its absorption. Calcium carbonate requires gastric acid for its absorption5
  • Calcium citrate can be taken in conjunction with acid-reducing agents, such as proton pump inhibitors.6-8
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My patients have difficulty swallowing tablets. Does CITRACAL come in a smaller caplet?

CITRACAL offers a diverse product line in tablets. CITRACAL PETITES are the smallest tablets in the CITRACAL product line. One serving (2 tablets) contains 400 mg of calcium citrate and 500 IU of Vitamin D3. Take one serving twice daily.

For patients who prefer a supplement in an alternate form, CITRACAL CALCIUM GUMMIES are great tasting, soft, and easy to chew. Each serving contains 500 mg of calcium and 1000 IU of Vitamin D3. Take one serving twice daily.

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Is CITRACAL well tolerated?

In general, CITRACAL products are well tolerated.

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CITRACAL SLOW RELEASE 1200

How is once-daily CITRACAL SLOW RELEASE 1200 different?

CITRACAL SLOW RELEASE 1200 is a once-daily calcium supplement. One serving (2 tablets) taken with food provides 1200 mg of calcium plus 1000 IU of Vitamin D3.

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What is the science behind CITRACAL SLOW RELEASE 1200?

Slo-Cal® Technology releases calcium slowly and continuously for efficient absorption, so patients can take 1 serving a day to meet their daily requirements.

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CITRACAL CALCIUM GUMMIES

My patients sometimes have trouble swallowing pills. What other options do they have?

CITRACAL CALCIUM GUMMIES are ideal for patients who may not be able to swallow pills or who want an alternate form.

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How much calcium and Vitamin D3 do CITRACAL CALCIUM GUMMIES contain?

Each serving (2 Gummies) contains 500 mg of calcium in the form of tricalcium phosphate and 1000 IU of Vitamin D3.Take one serving twice daily.

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How can I learn more about CITRACAL?

To learn more about these and other CITRACAL products, call 1-800-94BAYER and speak with a Bayer representative.

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References: 1. Institute of Medicine. Dietary Reference Intakes for Calcium and Vitamin D. Washington, DC: National Academy of Sciences; November 2010. 2. Calcium Fact Sheet for Consumers. National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements Web site. https://ods.od.nih.gov/pdf/factsheets/Calcium-Consumer.pdf.Published November 2010. Accessed September 12, 2017. 3. What is Calcium and What Does it Do?. National Osteoporosis Foundation Web site. https://www.nof.org/patients/treatment/calciumvitamin-d. Published 2010. Accessed September 12, 2017. 4. What is osteoporosis? American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Web site. https://www.acog.org/Patients/FAQs/Osteoporosis.Published August 2011. Accessed September 12, 2017. 5. Recker RR. Calcium absorption and achlorhydria. N Engl J Med. 1985;313:70-73. 6. Yang YX, Lewis JD, Epstein S, Metz DC. Long-term proton pump inhibitor therapy and risk of hip fracture. JAMA. 2006;296:2947-2953. 7. Pak CYC. Bioavailability of calcium from different salts. Pharmacy Times. 1989;Jan:42-44. 8. Straub DA. Calcium supplementation in clinical practice: a review of forms, doses, and indications. Nutr Clin Pract. 2007;22:286-296. 9. Marini H, Minutoli L, Polito F, et al. Effects of the phytoestrogen genistein on bone metabolism in osteopenic postmenopausal women: a randomized trial. Ann Intern Med. 2007;146:839-847.