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Drisdol

Last reviewed on RxList: 2/22/2017
Drisdol Side Effects Center

Last reviewed on RxList 01/26/2017

Drisdol (ergocalciferol) is vitamin D2 used to treat hypoparathyroidism (decreased functioning of the parathyroid glands). Drisdol is available in generic form. Vitamin D such as Drisdol at normal doses usually has no side effects. Contact your doctor if you have unusual effects of Drisdol, such as:

  • thinking problems,
  • changes in behavior,
  • feeling irritable,
  • urinating more than usual,
  • chest pain,
  • feeling short of breath, or
  • early signs of vitamin D overdose (weakness, metallic taste in your mouth, weight loss, muscle or bone pain, constipation, nausea, and vomiting).

To treat hypoparathyroidism the dose of Drisdol is 50,000 to 200,000 IU units daily taken with calcium lactate 4 g, six times per day. To treat Vitamin D resistant rickets the dose is 12,000 to 500,000 IU units daily. The range between therapeutic and toxic doses is narrow, and this medication should be given under close medical supervision. Drisdol may interact with sucralfate, mineral oil (taken as a laxative), seizure medications, steroids, digoxin, or diuretics (water pills). Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. During pregnancy, doses of vitamin D greater than the recommended dietary allowance should be used only when prescribed. This medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Our Drisdol (ergocalciferol) 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.

Drisdol Consumer Information

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • thinking problems, changes in behavior, feeling irritable;
  • urinating more than usual;
  • chest pain, feeling short of breath; or
  • early signs of vitamin D overdose (weakness, metallic taste in your mouth, weight loss, muscle or bone pain, constipation, nausea, and vomiting).

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.

Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Drisdol (Ergocalciferol Capsules)

Drisdol Professional Information

SIDE EFFECTS

Hypervitaminosis D is characterized by effects on the following organ system:

Renal: Impairment of renal function with polyuria, nocturia, polydipsia, hypercalciuria, reversible azotemia, hypertension, nephrocalcinosis, generalized vascular calcification, or irreversible renal insufficiency which may result in death. CNS: Mental retardation.

Soft Tissues: Widespread calcification of the soft tissues, including the heart, blood vessels, renal tubules, and lungs.

Skeletal: Bone demineralization (osteoporosis) in adults occurs concomitantly.

Decline in the average rate of linear growth and increased mineralization of bones in infants and children (dwarfism) vague aches, stiffness, and weakness.

Gastrointestinal: Nausea, anorexia, constipation.

Metabolic: Mild acidosis, anemia, weight loss.

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Drisdol (Ergocalciferol Capsules)

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© Drisdol Patient Information is supplied by Cerner Multum, Inc. and Drisdol Consumer information is supplied by First Databank, Inc., used under license and subject to their respective copyrights.

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