Compare Rocaltrol vs. Hectorol

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Rocaltrol (Calcitriol)

Prescription only
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.

3.1/ 5 average rating with 37 reviewsforHectorol
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.
  • 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
  • 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.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Injection
  • Pill
  • Intravenous (IV) solution
Price
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Reviews
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37 reviews so far
43%
saidit'sworth it
30%
saiditworked well
19%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
The Rocaltrol (Calcitriol) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Hectorol (Doxercalciferol) 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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  • High calcium in the blood
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