- What is calcitriol-oral, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- What brand names are available for calcitriol-oral?
- Is calcitriol-oral available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for calcitriol-oral?
- What are the side effects of calcitriol-oral?
- What is the dosage for calcitriol-oral?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with calcitriol-oral?
- Is calcitriol-oral safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about calcitriol-oral?
What is calcitriol-oral, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
Calcitriol is a synthetic (man-made) active form of vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol). It is used to treat and prevent low levels of calcium in the blood of patients who have kidney disease or problems with their parathyroid gland, the gland that controls the amount of calcium in blood through its secretion of parathyroid hormone.
Calcium plays an important role in maintaining bone health, and low levels of calcium may cause bone disease. Calcitriol increases blood levels of calcium by increasing the absorption of calcium in the kidneys, increasing the absorption of calcium and phosphorus from the intestine, and increasing the release of calcium and phosphorus from the bones. Calcitriol helps the body to use calcium found in foods and supplements.
What brand names are available for calcitriol-oral?
Is calcitriol-oral available as a generic drug?
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
Do I need a prescription for calcitriol-oral?
What are the side effects of calcitriol-oral?
Excessive vitamin D may lead to hypercalcemia (abnormally high levels of calcium in the blood), hypercalciuria (elevated levels of calcium in the urine), hyperphosphatemia (high levels of phosphate in the blood), and bone disease. To avoid complications, vitamin D and its derivatives should be avoided during calcitriol therapy.
Hypercalcemia has been reported in patients treated with calcitriol. Patients should avoid making any sudden changes in their dietary calcium intake and maintain adequate intake of fluid (hydration) during treatment.
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