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What is Calcitriol used for?

Calcitriol is a synthetic form of vitamin D used to treat calcium deficiency in people with kidney disease, hypocalcemia, and hypoparathyroidism. This medication is also used to treat osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. Calcitriol controls the intestinal absorption of calcium and phosphate, and thus maintains strong bones. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What are the side effects of Calcitriol?

Like other medicines, Calcitriol can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Calcitriol 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 Calcitriol cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Calcitriol develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Calcitriol can cause side effects such as nausea, constipation, loss of appetite, increased thirst, weakness, headache, dry mouth, and weight loss. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Calcitriol.

What is the recommended dosage of Calcitriol?

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

Calcitriol can be taken with or without food.

What if you miss a dose of Calcitriol?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Calcitriol 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 Calcitriol?

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

What other drugs could interact with Calcitriol?

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

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 Calcitriol, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Calcitriol can interact with seizure medications and steroids.

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 questions to ask your doctor before taking Calcitriol?

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


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 Calcitriol is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.


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