Compare Hectorol vs. Renagel

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

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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.

3.1/ 5 average rating with 37 reviewsforHectorol
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Upsides
  • 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.
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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 that contain magnesium.
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Used for
  • End stage renal disease - Hemodialysis - Hyperphosphatemia
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Intravenous (IV) solution
  • Pill
Price
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Reviews
37 reviews so far
43%
saidit'sworth it
30%
saiditworked well
19%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
The Hectorol (Doxercalciferol) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Renagel (Sevelamer Hydrochloride) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • High calcium in the blood
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