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Calcitriol - 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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  • Osteocap    
  • Roical    
  • Bonky    

Why do I need this medicine?

Calcitriol helps manage abnormal blood levels of calcium and phosphorus in patients with bone disease caused by kidney failure.

How do I take this medicine?

Take this medicine 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.

You may take this medicine with or without food. If this medicine is causing stomach discomfort, take it with food or immediately after meals. Try to take it at the same time each day.

Calcitriol 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 the following conditions:
  • high level of calcium in your blood
  • abnormal calcium deposits in tissues
  • high level of vitamin D in your body
as this medicine may not be suitable for you.

What should I take note of while taking this medicine?

Inform your doctor if:
  • you have kidney disease
  • your body can’t absorb enough of certain nutrients or fluids
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

For as long as you are taking this medicine, you may need to have regular blood tests (e.g. creatinine, blood levels of calcium and phosphorous) to check your body’s response to the medicine. Your doctor will advise you about how often you need to have these tests.

What side effects could I experience?

Calcitriol may cause any of the following side effects: headache, stomach pain or discomfort, nausea, vomiting, rash and kidney or bladder infections.

Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience signs and symptoms of high levels of calcium in your blood such as excessive thirst, frequent urination, irregular heartbeat, bone pain, muscle pain and weakness.

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:
  • other medicines containing vitamin D
  • medicines containing magnesium e.g. antacids
  • water pills e.g. thiazide diuretics
  • medicines for heart disease e.g. digoxin
  • cholesterol-lowering medicines e.g. colestyramine
  • medicines used to lower phosphorus level e.g. sevelamer
  • medicines for epilepsy (fits or seizures) e.g. phenytoin, phenobarbital
  • medicines for inflammation e.g. corticosteroids
This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Calcitriol.

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.

It is important that you have enough calcium in your body. It may be helpful to discuss your diet plan with your doctor or dietitian.

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 Calcitriol - 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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