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Citracal Petites Review

Citracal Petites with vitamin D attempts to overcome one of the key shortcomings of calcium citrate supplements: its low concentration of elemental calcium. Citracal is a registered trademark of Bayer HealthCare.

Calcium to Carriers Ratios
Calcium citrate is only about 21% of elemental calcium. That means nearly 80% of calcium citrate is carrier. Calcium citrate tablets have acquired the reputation in some circles as being horse pills. That is due to the 80%Citracal-Petites-Review | Review Article carrier.  The calcium citrate in Citracal petites appears to be no different.  However, by lowering its dose per tablet, the brand circumvents the “horse pill” issue. You simply take more tablets per day.

Other forms or calcium have higher ratios of elemental calcium to carrier and can avoid the large pill problem. Calcium carbonate supplements, such as Oscal® or Caltrate®, contain more than 40% elemental calcium.  AdvaCAL, with AAACa calcium, has about 44% elemental calcium.  AdvaCAL, a clinically proven bone builder, is available in small, easy swallow capsules instead of tablets.

Two Citracal petites provide 400 mg of calcium and 500 IU of Vitamin D.  The recommended intake is generally 1 to 2 tablets two times daily.

Consumer reviews are favorable.  On Amazon.com, one reviewer wrote the following about the Petites:

"Slick and small enough not to gag you. Smells like glycerin (bubbles), tastes unoffensive, no indigestion. I can swallow a lot of pills, but the horse pill size of calcium is almost unbearable. These are great. Bone diseases run in women in my family, so calcium is super important.”

Drugs.com provides the following information:

"How should I take Citracal Petites (calcium and vitamin D combination)? 
Take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.  Take the calcium and vitamin D regular tablet with a full glass of water. Store calcium and vitamin D combination at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to take the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine. Overdose symptoms may include irregular heartbeat, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, a metallic taste in your mouth, confusion, loss of appetite, constipation, weakness, headache, confusion, or fainting.

What should I avoid while taking Citracal Petites (calcium and vitamin D combination)?
Avoid taking any other vitamin or mineral supplements that contain calcium or vitamin D without first talking to your doctor."

Calcium types have their plus and minuses. Certain types of calcium are highly soluble. These include Citracal Petites Review | Review ArticleAAACa calcium (AdvaCAL) and calcium citrate, but not calcium carbonate or hydroxyappatite.  AdvaCAL also has demonstrated impressive increases in bone density in multiple clinical trials. Calcium citrate supplements are absorbable with or without food.  That, plus the smaller size, may be the biggest reason some people prefer taking a calcium citrate supplement such as Citracal petites.