Rocaltrol

(Calcitriol)

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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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Quick facts about Rocaltrol
  • Drug class: Musculoskeletal
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (calcitriol)

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.
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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 containing magnesium.
How it works

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.

Quick facts about Rocaltrol
  • Drug class: Musculoskeletal
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (calcitriol)

Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Injection
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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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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.

Tip: Always talk with your doctor before you take any medication while pregnant.
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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.