Prescription onlyLower-cost generic available

Rocaltrol

(Calcitriol)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic available
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Raises Vitamin D levels.

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Rocaltrol (Calcitriol) is the strongest form of vitamin D available, but it's prescription-only and more expensive than over-the-counter alternatives, and you have to get regular blood tests.

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Upsides

  • The strongest form of vitamin D that's available to help keep your calcium levels in line in case your parathyroid or kidneys aren't working like they should.
  • Available in generic.
  • Available in both intravenous infusion and oral capsule form.

Downsides

  • 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 containing magnesium.
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Side effect rates for Rocaltrol (Calcitriol)

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Risks and Warnings for Rocaltrol (Calcitriol)

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  • People on Rocaltrol (Calcitriol) 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.

Common concerns from people taking Rocaltrol (Calcitriol)

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Interactions
  • Can interact with antacids containing magnesium.
Pain
  • Call your doctor if you notice a metallic taste in your mouth, muscle or joint pain, headache or sleepiness.