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Calcium Overdose?

Q. How much calcium is too much? I take 1500 mg/day and my doctor wants me to add another 500 mg for my thinning bones. I drink milk and wonder if I may be overdosing.

A. Too much calcium (2,000 mg/day) can lead to “milk-alkali syndrome.” The extra supplement might make you vulnerable to this complication that increases the risk of bone fractures and kidney stones.

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Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist who has dedicated his career to making drug information understandable to consumers. His best-selling book, The People’s Pharmacy, was published in 1976 and led to a syndicated newspaper column, syndicated public radio show and web site. In 2006, Long Island University awarded him an honorary doctorate as “one of the country's leading drug experts for the consumer.”.
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