Drug Class: What is Calcitriol and why is it prescribed?
Calcitriol Mechanism: How does Calcitriol work?
Calcitriol Dosage: How should you take Calcitriol
Possible food and drug interactions when taking Calcitriol
Special information on Calcitriol
Calcitriol side effects
|Drug Class: What is Calcitriol and why is it prescribed?|
|Generic Calcitriol is a man-made form of vitamin D.
Vitamin D is necessary to maintain the right amount of calcium in the body for strong bones and teeth. Generic Calcitriol helps your body keep the proper levels of calcium and phosphorus and maintain healthy bones.
Generic Calcitriol is indicated in the prevention and treatment of vitamin D deficiencies, such as, osteomalacia and rickets (in children). As well, it is used in the management of hypocalcemia associated with hypoparathyroidism and renal osteodystrophy, hyperparathyroidism secondary to renal failure, and postmenopausal osteoporosis.
|Calcitriol Mechanism: How does Calcitriol work?|
|Generic Calcitriol (1, 25-dihydroxycholecalciferol) is a vitamin D metabolite which is normally produced in the kidneys from its immediate precursor, 25-hydroxycholecalciferol.
In the normal situation Generic Calcitriol controls the intestinal absorption of calcium and phosphate and plays an important part in the regulation of bone mineralisation. In chronic renal failure, the kidneys produce insufficient Generic Calcitriol and this leads to abnormalities of calcium and phosphate metabolism.
Oral administration of Generic Calcitriol to patients with chronic renal failure compensates for the reduced production of Generic Calcitriol. Consequently, intestinal malabsorption of calcium and phosphate and the resulting hypocalcaemia (low blood calcium levels) are improved, thereby reversing the signs and symptoms of bone disease.
|Calcitriol Dosage: How should you take Calcitriol|
For People on Dialysis
The suggested beginning dose of Generic Calcitriol is 0.25 microgram daily. Your doctor may increase the dose by 0.25 microgram daily at 4 to 8 week intervals if needed. Most people on dialysis require a dose of 0.5 to 1 microgram a day.
People with normal or only slightly low blood calcium levels may find it helpful to take 0.25 microgram every other day.
For Low Calcium Levels Due to Hypoparathyroidism
For most adults, regular doses ranging from 0.5 to 2 micrograms daily are effective.
For People Not Yet on Dialysis
The starting dose of Generic Calcitriol is 0.25 microgram, taken in the morning.
For most children 6 years and older, doses ranging from 0.5 to 2 micrograms per day are effective.
Children from 1 to 5 years old are usually given 0.25 to 0.75 microgram a day. Doses have not been established for hypoparathyroidism in infants under 1 year, or for pseudohypoparathyroidism (a special form of the disorder) in children under 6.
For Children not yet on Dialysis
For children less than 3 years old, the daily starting dose of Generic Calcitriol is 10 to 15 nanograms per 2.2 pounds of body weight.
Adults and teenagers
If you miss a Generic Calcitriol dose
Generic Calcitriol Overdose
Symptoms of Generic Calcitriol overdose include
Generic Calcitriol Storage instructions
Generic Calcitriol Preparations:
|Possible food and drug interactions when taking Calcitriol|
If Generic Calcitriol is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Generic Calcitriol with the following:
|Special information on Calcitriol|
|Most Important Fact about Generic Calcitriol
While you are taking Generic Calcitriol, your doctor may want you to follow a special diet or take calcium supplements. This is an important part of your therapy. On the other hand, too high a calcium level can be harmful. If you are already taking any medications containing calcium or calcium supplements, make sure you doctor knows about it.
Generic Calcitriol precautions if you are pregnant or breastfeeding
Generic Calcitriol passes into breast milk in small amounts. Seek medical advice from your doctor before breastfeeding.
Special warnings about Generic Calcitriol
All other vitamin D compounds and their derivatives, including proprietary preparations or foodstuffs, which may be \"fortified\" with vitamin D, should be withheld during treatment with Generic Calcitriol.
Why Generic Calcitriol should not be prescribed?
|Calcitriol side effects|
More common side effects of Generic Calcitriol may include:
Less common side effects of Generic Calcitriol may include:
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