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Rocaltrol

(Calcitriol)

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Raises Vitamin D levels.

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Our pharmacists’ bottom line

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.

  • 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.
  • 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 effects for Rocaltrol (Calcitriol)

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

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What to expect when you take Rocaltrol (Calcitriol)

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Tips from our pharmacists
  • If you're using the ointment, avoid extended exposure to sunlight or tanning beds.
  • Make sure to take at least 600 to 1200 mg of calcium per day.
  • Drink plenty of fluids while you're on this medication.
  • Call your doctor if you notice a metallic taste in your mouth, muscle or joint pain, headache or sleepiness.
  • Keep your diet and calcium intake consistent every day.

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.

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Tips from pharmacists and people taking Rocaltrol (Calcitriol)

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  • Upsides and downsides from our pharmacists
  • 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.
  • Risks from our pharmacists
  • 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.