Rocaltrol is used to treat hypocalcemia in patients with certain conditions such as chronic kidney disease. The generic ingredient, calcitriol is the active form of vitamin D.
Doctors prescribe Rocaltrol to treat calcium deficiency in patients with chronic renal failure. Doctors may also prescribe this medication to patients with a type of bone disease called rickets. As well, Rocaltrol may be prescribed to treat calcium deficiency in patients with hypoparathyroidism (underactive parathyroid glands).
Calcitriol is usually made by the body from vitamin D and helps to maintain the balance of calcium and phosphorus in the blood. It also helps bones absorb calcium. Some people cannot produce enough calcitriol. Rocaltrol works by providing calcitriol directly to patients who have kidney or bone disease, which in turn helps the body absorb calcium.
The daily dose for each patient is individualized. Follow your doctor's directions carefully. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids to maintain good hydration, which is important during Rocaltrol treatment. Rocaltrol therapy should always be started at the lowest possible dose and should not be increased without careful monitoring of calcium levels in the blood. Take Rocaltrol tablets orally.
These may not be all the side effects of Rocaltrol.
You should not take Rocaltrol if you have hypercalcemia. Do not take this medication if you have a hypersensitivity to calcitriol or any of the non-medicinal ingredients in the tablet.
Tell your doctor about any other medications that you are taking like other vitamin D products or glycosides like digitalis. Let your doctor know if you have a history of heart disease, have a history of kidney disease or are undergoing dialysis.
Store Rocaltrol at room temperature. Protect from light and humidity. As with all medications, store safely out of reach of children.
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) refers to the gradual decline in the kidneys’ ability to filter waste products from the blood. CKD is most often caused by diabetes and hypertension, which damage the kidneys’ small blood vessels. Symptoms may include nausea, itching, urinating at night, fatigue, muscle twitching and cramps, confusion, shortness of breath, and yellow-brown skin. CKD can be diagnosed by blood and urine tests that confirm the decline in kidney function. CKD causes mineral and bone disorder because the kidneys do not properly balance the mineral levels. Calcitriol is used by patients with kidney disease who can't make enough of the active form of Vitamin D. Calcitriol helps the body absorb and use calcium and phosphate for normal bone development and maintenance. This medication is also used to prevent and treat certain types of problems that can happen with long-term kidney dialysis or hypoparathyroidism.
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