Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Musculoskeletal

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(Calcitriol)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Musculoskeletal
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These medications are comparable to Rocaltrol (Calcitriol) or used for similar purposes.

Rocaltrol
(Calcitriol)

Hectorol
(Doxercalciferol)

Raises Vitamin D levels. 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.Raises Vitamin D levels. 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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Have you used Rocaltrol (Calcitriol)?
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Reviews for Hectorol (Doxercalciferol)
43%
-14% worse vs. Rocaltrol (Calcitriol)
30%
+1% better vs. Rocaltrol (Calcitriol)
19%
-5% worse vs. Rocaltrol (Calcitriol)
Have you used Hectorol (Doxercalciferol)?
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Side effects
RocaltrolHectorol

We haven’t found good data for Rocaltrol side effects.

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How it works
RocaltrolHectorol
Rocaltrol (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 food in your intestine.Hectorol (Doxercalciferol) is a synthetic form of Vitamin D2. It raises Vitamin D levels in your blood, which calms down overactive parathyroid glands. (Too much parathyroid hormone weakens your bones.) This issue is common in people with kidney disease because unhealthy kidneys can't convert Vitamin D to its active form.
Type of medication
RocaltrolHectorol
Prescription only
Prescription only
Available as
RocaltrolHectorol
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Injection
  • Pill
  • Intravenous (iv) solution
Used for
RocaltrolHectorol
Risk factors for serious side effects
RocaltrolHectorol
    Detailed Rocaltrol (Calcitriol) risks & warnings »
      Detailed Hectorol (Doxercalciferol) risks & warnings »
      Pregnancy

      Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

      Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

      Interactions
      RocaltrolHectorol
      • Can interact with antacids containing magnesium.
      • Can interact with antacids that contain magnesium.
      Kidneys and liver
      RocaltrolHectorol
      No kidneys and liver related info.
      • Effective for treating overactive parathyroid glands due to kidney disease.
      Pain
      RocaltrolHectorol
      • Call your doctor if you notice a metallic taste in your mouth, muscle or joint pain, headache or sleepiness.
      No pain related info.
      Upsides and benefits
      RocaltrolHectorol
      • 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.
      • 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.
      Downsides and risks
      RocaltrolHectorol
      • 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.
      • 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.
      Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
      RocaltrolHectorol
      • 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.
      • 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.
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