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Calcijex Injection

CALCIJEX®
(calcitriol) Injection 1 mcg/mL

DRUG DESCRIPTION

Calcijex (calcitriol injection) is synthetically manufactured calcitriol and is available as a sterile, isotonic, clear, colorless to yellow, aqueous solution for intravenous injection. Calcijex is available in 1 mL ampuls. Each 1 mL contains calcitriol, 1 meg; Polysorbate 20, 4 mg; sodium ascorbate 2.5 mg added. May contain hydrochloric acid and/or sodium hydroxide for pH adjustment. pH is 6.5 (5.9 to 7.0). Contains no more than 1 mcg/mL of aluminum.

Calcitriol is a crystalline compound which occurs naturally in humans. It is soluble in organic solvents but relatively insoluble in water.

Calcitriol is chemically designated (5Z,7E)-9, 10-secocholesta-5,7,10(19)-triene-lα,3β,25-triol and has the following structural formula:

CALCIJEX®
  (calcitriol) Structural Formula Illustration

Molecular Formula: C27H44O3

The other names frequently used for calcitriol are 1α,25-dihydroxycholecalciferol, 1α,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3, 1,25-DHCC, 1,25(OH)2D3 and 1,25-diOHC.

What are the precautions when taking calcitrol (Calcijex Injection)?

Before using calcitriol, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other vitamin D products; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: high calcium levels (hypercalcemia).

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: heart problems (e.g., irregular heartbeat, coronary artery disease), kidney disease, kidney stones.

Notify your doctor beforehand if you will be having surgery or will be confined to a chair/bed...

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Last reviewed on RxList: 3/26/2012
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

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