Caution urged on calcium supplements

GPs should “exercise caution” in prescribing calcium supplements for fracture prevention, due to the potential cardiac risks, the latest update of the Red Book warns.

It is the first time the RACGP has actively warned against the supplements, advising caution when prescribing them to men aged over 50 and women aged over 45 — the target groups for osteoporosis prevention.

Doctors should instead support a daily dietary calcium intake of 1200mg per day, according to the recommendations in the