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Old 06-07-2011, 10:42 AM
 
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Anyone know of another version/generic equivalent to Citracal (calcium citrate + D) pill that's a bit smaller and easier to swallow than the Petites - ? Most days, I can hardly swallow them w/o gagging.

Am also interested in a smaller one-a-day vitamin pill, presently I take One-A-Day for Women but it's huge, probably twice the size as the above-mentioned Petites. Needles to say, it doesnt go down easy either. Not a fun way to start my mornings off...

TIA for any and all tips.
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Old 06-07-2011, 01:48 PM
 
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Any chewables you can use instead? I use a chewable calcium citrate, but a different brand.
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Old 06-07-2011, 02:11 PM
 
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You can get chewable calcium citrate pretty much anywhere. However, the only ones I found that come with Vitamin D, come with too much Vitamin D. Twinlabs has one with 500IU calcium, 400IU D3, and magnesium. Problem is, you need 3-4 of those calcium tablets to get use of them as a supplement if you're calcium deficient, but 1200-1600IU of D3 can result in all kinds of problems, including irreparable kidney failure, if taken daily over an extended length of time (more than a couple of months in a row).

You'd be better off taking calcium citrate chewables, and swallowing a 600IU D3 pill daily. They're pretty small, smaller than the calcium petites you've been taking.
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Old 06-07-2011, 02:24 PM
 
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Thx, Southern Belle and AnonChick, will check into them, am not thrilled w/ chewables but lately it's been getting harder and harder getting the other ones down so the chewables are sounding a bit better. It's weird, sometimes the others go right down but lately, it's become a huge hassle getting them down. I wish they'd show the size of them on the front of the bottle, was disappointed that the 'petites' werent really that petite.
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Old 06-07-2011, 03:01 PM
 
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I take Sundown brand D3 capsules. They are gel ovals, not very big. They come in various dosages, I am currently using the 5,000 IU ones.

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Old 06-07-2011, 03:09 PM
 
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Your best bet may be to stop in a real health food store to see what they offer. I've found their knowledge is worth paying a little extra for on some things.

Have you tried cutting them in 1/2 or do you still choke on them?
I've been gagging on pills lately; even small ones because of acid in my throat
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Old 06-07-2011, 03:42 PM
 
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I got a pill cutter and cut the big ones in half. That gives the pill a rough side, but it still goes down a lot easier than the entire pill.

You would think that the manufactors would catch on and package a smaller pill......Take Two, They're Small.... could be their motto.
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Old 06-07-2011, 03:48 PM
 
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I hate large pills and think they are dangerous. Some are larger than the chewed food I swallow But one must be cautious about which tablets you cut in halves and only do so after consulting with a pharmacist. Many,many types should not be ingested in such a way.
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Old 06-07-2011, 03:49 PM
 
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They just came out with smaller pills! I just bought a new bottle of Citrical and the pills are so much smaller!! The pack I bought also had some of their new chewable samples and they aren't bad, but I am not a fan. I guess you may be referring to those smaller pills still being too large - not sure if they are called petites but I love them! I love the One a Day Gummies. Before I had to switch to prenatals, I looked forward to those for my multi-vitamin.
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Old 06-07-2011, 06:09 PM
 
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Also, calcium citrate definitely dissolves faster, but unless there's a medical reason why you can't tolerate calcium carbonate, you could just take TUMs. That's what I do; 2 per day, and you can get the big huge containers of it at BJ's or Costco and save a ton of money. TUMs is calcium carbonate though and people with certain medical conditions can't absorb it as efficiently as the citrate.
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