Calcitriol - Drug Information

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General Information on Calcitriol

Generic Name : Calcitriol

Pronunciation : KAL-si-TRYE-ol

Latest prescription information about Calcitriol. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.

Why is Calcitriol Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a synthetic vitamin D analog, prescribed for hypocalcemia in patients undergoing chronic renal dialysis. It helps proper absorption and use of calcium and phosphate in the body.

When should Calcitriol not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with vitamin D toxicity and hypersensitivity.

Pregnancy Category

A B C D X

Category C :

Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the fetus and there are no appropriate studies in pregnant women, but potential benefits may allow the use of the drug in pregnant women despite the potential for risks.

What is the dosage of Calcitriol?

PO- The recommended initial dose is 1 mcg (0.02 mcg/kg) to 2 mcg administered three times weekly, approximately every other day.

How should Calcitriol be taken?

It comes as a tablet and capsule to take by mouth, with or without food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Calcitriol?

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of heart, kidney disease, kidney stones, hardening of the arteries, high phosphate level in the blood, any allergy, who are taking other medications, children, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
It may cause drowsiness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.
Avoid excess dosage.
It may lead to dehydration, drink enough fluid.

What are the side effects of Calcitriol?

   Central Nervous System : Weakness, headache, sensory disturbances, muscle weakness, mood changes and drowsiness.
   Gastrointestinal : Nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, constipation, metallic taste, loss of appetite, abdominal pain or stomach pain.
   Musculoskeletal : Muscle pain and bone pain.
   Genitourinary : Nighttime urination, frequent urination, urinary tract infection and Blood urea nitrogen.
   Metabolic : Weight loss, increased thirst, dehydration, increased fat in blood and elevated liver enzymes.
   Eye and ENT : Eye inflammation and photophobia.
   Heart : High blood pressure and abnormal heart rhythm.
   Central Nervous System : Muscle weakness and mood changes.

What are the other precautions for Calcitriol?

What are the storage conditions of Calcitriol?

Store the medication at 25C (77F); excursions permitted to 15 to 30C (59 to 86F).

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