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Hectorol

(Doxercalciferol)

  • Pill
  • Intravenous (IV) solution
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Raises Vitamin D levels.

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Hectorol (Doxercalciferol) works well for people with low vitamin D in kidney disease, but you'll need regular blood tests and you have to avoid certain antacids.

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  • Effective for treating overactive parathyroid glands due to kidney disease.
  • Available as a generic.
  • Available as either an oral capsule or an IV solution.
  • It's made from the plant-based version of vitamin D, so it's useful for vegetarians.
  • Your doctor will want to take blood tests to make sure that your body is responding to the medication.
  • Your doctor may prescribe other medications to make sure other chemicals (phosphate and calcium) in your body remain in balance.
  • Can interact with antacids that contain magnesium.

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Side effects for Hectorol (Doxercalciferol)

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These are side effects of Hectorol (Doxercalciferol) reported to the FDA by people taking it, and by doctors and pharmacists.

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What to expect when you take Hectorol (Doxercalciferol)

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Tips from our pharmacists
  • Don't take other forms of vitamin D unless told to by your doctor.
  • Avoid antacids containing magnesium.
  • Can be given as a capsule or as a shot.
  • Can cause swelling in the legs, weakness, nausea and vomiting.

Risks and Warnings for Hectorol (Doxercalciferol)

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  • People on Hectorol (Doxercalciferol) who take more than the recommended dose can have high calcium in the blood, which can be dangerous in the kidneys. If you notice a metallic taste in your mouth, muscle or joint pain or a bad headache, talk to your doctor. Keep the amount of calcium you eat the same from day to day.

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Tips from pharmacists and people taking Hectorol (Doxercalciferol)

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The FDA category for this medication is B. It is advised that you: Probably safe
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  • Effective for treating overactive parathyroid glands due to kidney disease.
  • Risks from our pharmacists
  • People on Hectorol (Doxercalciferol) who take more than the recommended dose can have high calcium in the blood, which can be dangerous in the kidneys. If you notice a metallic taste in your mouth, muscle or joint pain or a bad headache, talk to your doctor. Keep the amount of calcium you eat the same from day to day.