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What is Alfacalcidol used for?

Alfacalcidol is a type of vitamin D used to treat a number of conditions such as osteomalacia (rickets), familial hypophosphatemia, hypoparathyroidism, osteodystrophy, vitamin D deficiency, and so on. Also, this medication is used to increase the levels of vitamin D, calcium, and phosphate in the body. It belongs to a group of medicines called vitamin D analogues. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What is the recommended dosage of Alfacalcidol?

The dosage of Alfacalcidol prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

What if you miss a dose of Alfacalcidol?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Alfacalcidol medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

What if you overdose on Alfacalcidol?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Alfacalcidol, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Alfacalcidol?

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Alfacalcidol.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Alfacalcidol, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Alfacalcidol can interact with barbiturates, water pills, and anticonvulsants.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the side effects of Alfacalcidol?

Like other medicines, Alfacalcidol can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Alfacalcidol are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Alfacalcidol cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Alfacalcidol develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Alfacalcidol can cause side effects such as dry mouth, constipation, swelling, and rash. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Alfacalcidol.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Alfacalcidol?

Is it possible for me to take Alfacalcidol with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Alfacalcidol?
What are the possible drug interactions of Alfacalcidol?
How will Alfacalcidol work in my body?
How should Alfacalcidol be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Alfacalcidol drug interactions and side effects?

Note

The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Alfacalcidol is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.

 

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