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Alfacalcidol - Oral - Patient Medicine Information

> Why do I need this medicine?
> How do I take this medicine?
> What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
> When should I not use this medicine?
> What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
> What side effects could I experience?
> Can I take this with other medicines?
> What special dietary instructions should I follow?
> How should I store this medicine?

 
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  • Bon-One    
  • Alpha D3-B    

Why do I need this medicine?

Alfacalcidol is a form of vitamin D, which is needed by the body to help build strong bones. In order to build strong bones, other nutrients such as calcium and phosphate are important. This medicine helps you absorb more calcium and phosphate from the food you eat or the supplements that you take.

Alfacalcidol is used to treat bone disease and strengthen soft, weak bones caused by diseases such as kidney failure, parathyroid gland disease, rickets ("bow legs") and osteomalacia ("soft bones").

It may also be given to newborn babies who do not have enough calcium in their blood.

How do I take this medicine?

Take Alfacalcidol exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

Take this medicine with food. Take it at the same time every day.

Alfacalcidol must be taken regularly for it to be effective. Continue taking this medicine even when you feel better. Do not stop taking it unless instructed by the doctor.

What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.

When should I not use this medicine?

Alert your doctor if you have been told that you have high levels of calcium in your body as Alfacalcidol may not be suitable for you.

What should I take note of while taking this medicine?

Inform your doctor if you have:
  • kidney disease
  • kidney stones
  • high levels of phosphate in the blood
  • heart disease
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

When you first start taking Alfacalcidol, you will need to have regular blood tests to check the level of calcium and phosphate in your blood. Your doctor will advise you how often you need to have blood tests. He may also adjust your dose of Alfacalcidol according to the results of these blood tests.

Your doctor may also give you a "phosphate-binding agent" to take together with Alfacalcidol. This helps to maintain the right level of phosphate in your blood. He may also give you some calcium pills to help maintain the right level of calcium in your blood.

You may need to have regular blood and urine tests to check your calcium level and kidney function. Your doctor will advise you about how often you need to have these tests.

What side effects could I experience?

Alfacalcidol may cause any of the following side effects: passing urine too often, excessive thirst, weakness and pain in the muscle or bones, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhoea and rash.

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.

Can I take this with other medicines?

Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:
  • medicine for heart disease e.g. digoxin
  • medicines for epilepsy (fits) e.g. carbamazepine, phenytoin, phenobarbital
  • diuretics (water pills) e.g. hydrochlorothiazide, chlorothiazide, metolazone
  • medicines to treat TB e.g. rifampicin, isoniazid
  • medicines to treat fungal infection e.g. ketoconazole, itraconazole
This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Alfacalcidol.

Do not take Alfacalcidol at the same time as cholesterol medication (bile acid binders) e.g. colestyramine or colestipol. The effectiveness of Alfacalcidol will be reduced if colestyramine or colestipol is taken at the same time. If you need to take colestyramine or colestipol, take it at least 1 hour before or at least 4 hours after Alfacalcidol.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Avoid alcohol.

How should I store this medicine?

Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

This information is independently developed by MIMS based on Alfacalcidol - Oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2019 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com

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