Colecalciferol, also known as vitamin D3 is a type of vitamin D found in food and used as a dietary supplement. As a supplement it is used to treat and prevent vitamin D deficiency including rickets. It is also used for familial hypophosphatemia, hypoparathyroidism that is causing low blood calcium, and Fanconi syndrome.
Dose and Direction of Use
Swallow the tablet whole by mouth. You can take it with or without food. Preferably with a meal. Don't crush, chew or break the tablet. Follow the dose and duration as prescribed by the doctor.
Mode of Action
Colecalciferol (Vitamin D3) produces hormone-like actions,it is converted to Calcitriol (an active form of vitamin D3) inside the body which controls phosphorous and calcium metabolism, bone remodelling and neuromuscular function.
- Prophylaxis of rickets and osteomalacia in children and adults.
- Prophylaxis of rickets in preterm newborns.
- Prophylaxis of vitamin D deficiency in children and adults with an identified risk.
- Prophylaxis of vitamin D deficiency in children and adults with malabsorption.
- Treatment of rickets and osteomalacia in children and adults.
Don't use this medicine :
- If you are allergic (hypersensitivity) to Colecalciferol
- If you have high levels of vitamin D in your blood (hypervitaminosis D).
- If you have high levels of calcium in your blood (hypercalcaemia) or urine (hypercalciuria)
- If you are suffering from kidney failure, have kidney stones (renal calculi) or have a tendency to form kidney stones
Precautions and Warning
- Keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids throughout the day while taking this tablet. This can reduce the risk of kidney stones.
- Monitor your weight during treatment with this medicine as it can cause weight gain.
- Talk to your doctor if you notice sudden mood changes or develop suicidal thoughts.
- Consult with your doctor if you are pregnant or breast feeding woman before taking this medicine to understand the risk and benefit ratio.
- Talk to your doctor about past medical history like kidney problem, heart problem or liver problem before taking this medicine
- Don't double the dose for the missed one.
- Complete the prescribed dose and duration of medicine.
- It may cause dizziness or drowsiness so avoid any activity that requires concentration unless you know how the medicine acts on you.
- It should be prescribed with caution to patients suffering from sarcoidosis because of the risk of increased metabolism of vitamin D to its active form. These patients should be monitored with regard to the calcium content in serum and urine.
- Allowances should be made for vitamin D supplements from other sources.
- The need for additional calcium supplementation should be considered for individual patients.