Information about Calcitriol

Calcitriol Uses

Calcitriol is used in the treatment of calcium deficiency and post menopausal osteoporosis.

How Calcitriol works

Calcitriol is the active form of Vitamin D. It raises Vitamin D levels in your blood. This in turn raises calcium levels in your blood by helping you absorb more calcium from your intestine.

Common side effects of Calcitriol

Headache, Abdominal pain, Nausea, Increased calcium level in blood, Rash, Urinary tract infection, Itching, Erythema (skin redness)
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Available Medicine for Calcitriol

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Expert advice for Calcitriol

  • Do not take any other forms of Vitamin D unless your doctor suggests.
  • Take calcium supplements along with Vitamin D3 as suggested by your doctor.
  • Drink plenty of fluids (such as water) as it is important not to become dehydrated. 
  • Avoid using antacids without your doctor's advice. Some antacids can make it harder for your body to absorb calcitriol.
  • Consult your doctor if you notice a metallic taste in mouth, muscle or joint pain, headache or drowziness.

Frequently asked questions for Calcitriol


Q. What is Calcitriol? What is it used for?

Calcitriol is the active form of Vitamin D. It increases the levels of Vitamin D in your blood which helps to increase calcium levels in the blood by increasing the absorption rate of calcium from your intestine. Thus, it is used in the treatment of calcium deficiency and postmenopausal osteoporosis.

Q. Is Calcitriol effective?

Calcitriol is effective if used in the dose and duration advised by your doctor. Do not stop taking it even if you see improvement in your condition. If you stop using Calcitriol too early, the symptoms may return or worsen.

Q. How should Calcitriol be taken?

Calcitriol should be taken in the dose and duration advised by your doctor. It can be taken with or without food. However, it would be best to take it at the same time each day to avoid the chances of missing a dose.

Q. What if I forget to take a dose of Calcitriol?

If you forget a dose of Calcitriol, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the next scheduled dose in the prescribed time. Do not double the dose to make up for the missed one as this may increase the chances of developing side effects.

Q. Is Calcitriol safe?

Calcitriol is safe if used in the dose and duration advised by your doctor. Take it exactly as directed and do not skip any dose. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully and let your doctor know if any of the side effects bother you.


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