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Drug information on Alfa D3 (0.25 mcg) (Alfacalcidol) from GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Ltd

Alfa D3 (0.25 mcg)

GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Generic : Alfacalcidol
10 Capsules
Dhanalakshmi Chinnuswamy
Further Checked by The Medindia Medical Review Team on February, 2, 2017
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Medical Condition(s) for which Alfa D3 (0.25 mcg) may be prescribed

Side effects of Alfa D3 (0.25 mcg)

   Gastrointestinal : Loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and increased thirst.

   Central Nervous System : Headache, fainting and lack of energy.

   Skin : Increased sweating, itching, rash and hives.

   Genitourinary: : Increased urination, kidney impairment, and excessive urinary calcium excretion.

Dosage & When it is to be taken (Indications)

Adult- PO- The recommended starting dose is 1mcg/day. Maintenance: 0.25-1 mcg/day.
Adult- IV- The recommended initial dose is 1 mcg per dialysis two to three times a week.

How to use Alfa D3 (0.25 mcg)?

It comes as a capsule to take by mouth, with food.
It also comes as a solution for injection to be administered by a healthcare provider into the vein.

When is Alfa D3 (0.25 mcg) not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with high blood calcium, phosphate, and magnesium and known hypersensitivity.

Warnings and Precautions for Alfa D3 (0.25 mcg)

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of kidney stones, heart or kidney disease, high level of calcium in blood, any allergy, who are taking other medications, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

• Monitor blood electrolytes level regularly while taking this medication.

• Monitor serum levels of calcium in patients with kidney failure.

Other Precautions for Alfa D3 (0.25 mcg)

Avoid excess dosage.

Storage Conditions for Alfa D3 (0.25 mcg)

Capsules: Store it at room temperature (25°C), and in an airtight container.
Injection: Store it in a cool place (below 15°C).

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