There are two main types of calcium supplements; carbonate and citrate. There are numerous brands and forms of calcium available, including powders, pills, liquids, and chewables, and they all come in different strengths. What works for one person may not work for another, so it is important that patients work with their medical providers to find their most optimal calcium supplementation.
Calcitriol (also called Rocaltrol)
Calcitriol is the active form of Vitamin D. In the absence of PTH, the kidneys do not convert Vitamin D to its active form. Because of this, most patients need to take an active form of vitamin D, available via prescription, in addition to calcium. This helps the calcium coming in through supplementation and diet to absorb into the bloodstream properly.