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All about: Calcitriol Solution

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Generic Name: Calcitriol Oral Solution (kal-si-TRYE-ole)
Brand Name: Rocaltrol

Calcitriol Solution is used for:

Treating low calcium levels in your blood. It is also used to prevent muscle cramps and certain calcium phosphate disorders (such as chronic dialysis), and to regulate parathyroid hormone. It may be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Calcitriol Solution is a form of vitamin D. It works by promoting proper absorption and use of calcium and phosphate by the body in normal bone development and maintenance.

Do NOT use Calcitriol Solution if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Calcitriol Solution
  • you have high levels of vitamin D or calcium in the blood

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Calcitriol Solution:

Some medical conditions may interact with Calcitriol Solution. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have heart disease, kidney disease or kidney stones, hardening of the arteries or other blood vessel problems, or a high phosphate level in the blood

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Calcitriol Solution. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Verapamil because its effectiveness may be decreased by Calcitriol Solution

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Calcitriol Solution may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Calcitriol Solution:

Use Calcitriol Solution as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Calcitriol Solution may be taken with or without food.
  • Do not take mineral oil or antacids containing magnesium with Calcitriol Solution. These can reduce the effects of calcitriol.
  • Use a measuring device marked for medicine dosing. Ask your pharmacist for help if you are unsure of how to measure your dose.
  • If you miss a dose of Calcitriol Solution, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Calcitriol Solution.

Important safety information:

  • Calcitriol Solution may cause drowsiness. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how you react to Calcitriol Solution. Using Calcitriol Solution alone, with certain other medicines, or with alcohol may lessen your ability to drive or to perform other potentially dangerous tasks.
  • Carefully follow the diet plan provided by your doctor.
  • Check with your doctor before taking any vitamins or mineral supplements containing vitamin D or calcium, or antacids containing calcium, magnesium, or phosphorus.
  • LAB TESTS, including calcium and phosphate levels, may be required while you are taking Calcitriol Solution. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Calcitriol Solution during pregnancy. It is unknown if Calcitriol Solution is excreted in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Calcitriol Solution.

Possible side effects of Calcitriol Solution:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. When used in small doses, no COMMON side effects have been reported with this product. Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); bizarre behavior; bone pain; constipation; decreased sex drive; diarrhea; dizziness; drowsiness; dry mouth; eye redness or irritation; flushing; frequent urination; headache; increased body temperature; increased thirst; irregular heartbeat; itching; loss of appetite; mental or mood changes; metallic taste; muscle pain; nausea; ringing in the ears; runny nose; sensitivity to sunlight; stomach cramps; unusual thinking; vomiting; weakness; weight loss.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include headache; loss of appetite; nausea; ringing in the ears; severe dizziness; severe weakness; stomach cramps; vomiting.

Proper storage of Calcitriol Solution:

Store Calcitriol Solution in a tightly closed container between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Calcitriol Solution out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Calcitriol Solution, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Calcitriol Solution is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Calcitriol Solution. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition 07.3.1.003
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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