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Drug information on Alfacal (Alfacalcidol) from Macleods Pharmaceuticals Ltd

Alfacal

  Capsule
Macleods Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Generic : Alfacalcidol
 49.30
0.25mcg
10 Capsules

Drug Name : Alfacalcidol

Alfacalcidol related to vitamin D used as a supplementation for treating vitamin D deficiencies such as osteomalacia and rickets. It helps to treat low calcium level in the blood and bone disorders caused by parathyroid disease and kidney failure.
More Info about Alfacalcidol


Dhanalakshmi Chinnuswamy
Further Checked by The Medindia Medical Review Team on February, 2, 2017
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Medical Condition(s) for which Alfacal may be prescribed


Side effects of Alfacal

   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 Alfacal?

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 Alfacal not to be taken? (Contraindications)

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

Warnings and Precautions for Alfacal

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 Alfacal

Avoid excess dosage.

Storage Conditions for Alfacal

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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