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Prescribed to take calcium pills and cipcal. Suggest medicines for vegetarians?

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We are vegeterians and doctor has advised my grandmom to take calcium pills, cipcal (calcium carbonate 1.25g and cholecalciferol ip 250 iu) but it is from an organic source (oyster shell), can you suggest me the medicine which is ok for vegeterians, or are there none.
Posted Sat, 20 Jul 2013 in Weight
Answered by Meenakshi Attrey 2 days later

Thanks for posting the query.

As mentioned, your grandmother is prescribed Cipcal, which is made from oyster shell. There is no harm in taking this medicine unless contraindicated by your treating doctor, as the process of extracting the required compounds from the shell makes it a refined product which is fortified as well. There are some vegetarian calcium tablets available in market; you are advised to consult with your doctor to select the best medicine for her.

You may include the calcium XXXXXXX foods like cabbage, tofu ( especially the calcium fortified varities), broccoli and other dark green leafy vegetables. Milk is also a very good calcium source, it may be taken in any form like pure milk, cheese or curd. Ensure that a high fluid intake is maintained.

Hope this would help.
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