This medication is an analogue of vitamin D, prescribed for hypocalcaemia, hypoparathyroidism, hypophosphataemia, renal osteodystrophy, and osteomalacia. Since it does not require any activation process by kidneys like other vitamin D supplements, more useful for people who have kidney problems.
How does cholecalciferol work:
It works by helping the body to use more of the calcium found in foods and supplements.
How should cholecalciferol be used:
It comes as a capsule to take by mouth, with food. It also comes as a solution for injection to be administered by a healthcare provider into the vein.
Common side effects of cholecalciferol :
Dry mouth, muscle pain, increased thirst, loss of appetite, vomiting, metallic taste, upset stomach, constipation, difficult urination.
What do I do if I miss a dose
Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it. If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time. Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses. Do not change the dose or stop this drug. Talk with the doctor.
What precautions should I take when taking cholecalciferol :
Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Some drugs like phenytoin, phenobarbital, prednisone and some laxatives may affect the availability. Inform your doctor if you have kidney or liver disease, pregnant, or planning to have surgery including dental procedures.
When do I need to seek medical help
Seek help if you have signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue or gray skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. Inform doctor if you experience any bruising or bleeding, any rash, or if any side effect or health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.
Are there any food restrictions
Avoid alcohol and grapefruit juice.
How do I store cholecalciferol :
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children. - Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.