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Calcijex Injection

Calcijex Side Effects Center

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

Calcijex (calcitriol injection) is a man-made form of vitamin D3 used to treat or prevent low calcium levels in patients undergoing long-term kidney dialysis. It is usually used along with diet, supplements, and sometimes other medications. This medication is available in generic form. Common side effects include nausea, headache, constipation, or pain/discomfort at the injection site.

The optimal dose of Calcijex is individually determined for each patient. Calcijex may interact with digoxin, steroids, magnesium-containing medications, phosphate binders, diuretics, supplements that contain vitamin D, or anticonvulsants. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. During pregnancy, Calcijex should be used only if prescribed. It is unknown if Calcijex passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Our Calcijex (calcitriol injection) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is Patient Information Overview?

A concise overview of the drug for the patient or caregiver from First DataBank.

Calcijex Overview - Patient Information: Side Effects

SIDE EFFECTS: Nausea, headache, constipation, or pain/discomfort at the injection site may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor promptly.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: back/bone/joint/muscle pain, dry mouth, metallic taste, vomiting, sleepiness, weakness, loss of appetite, dizziness, eye pain/redness/sensitivity to light, fever, fast/slow/irregular heartbeat, decreased interest in sex, mental/mood changes (e.g., confusion), stomach/abdominal pain, swelling of the ankles/feet/hands (edema), increased thirst, change in the amount of urine, weight loss.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any of the following symptoms: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

In the US -

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

Read the entire patient information overview for Calcijex (Calcitrol)»

What is Prescribing information?

The FDA package insert formatted in easy-to-find categories for health professionals and clinicians.

Calcijex FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
(Adverse Reactions)

SIDE EFFECTS

Adverse effects of Calcijex (calcitriol injection) are, in general, similar to those encountered with excessive vitamin D intake. The early and late signs and symptoms of vitamin D intoxication associated with hypercalcemia include:

Early

Weakness, headache, somnolence, nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, constipation, muscle pain, bone pain, metallic taste, anorexia, abdominal pain, and epigastric discomfort.

Late

Polyuria, polydipsia, anorexia, weight loss, nocturia, conjunctivitis (calcific), pancreatitis, photophobia, rhinorrhea, pruritus, hyperthermia, decreased libido, elevated BUN, albuminuria, hypercholesterolemia, elevated SGOT and SGPT, ectopic calcification, hypertension, cardiac arrhythmias, nephrocalcinosis, sensory disturbance, dehydration, apathy, and rarely, overt psychosis.

Occasional mild pain on injection has been observed.

Post-Marketing Experience

Rare cases of hypersensitivity reactions have been reported, including anaphylaxis.

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Calcijex (Calcitrol) »

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