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Rocaltrol Side Effects Center
Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
Rocaltrol (calcitriol) is a synthetic version of Vitamin D3 used to treat calcium deficiency with hypoparathyroidism (decreased functioning of the parathyroid glands) and metabolic bone disease in people with chronic kidney failure. Rocaltrol does not usually have side effects. Your doctor may check your calcium and phosphate blood levels and adjust your dose if you have side effects. Tell your doctor if you experience rare side effects of Rocaltrol including increased thirst, urinating more than usual, lower back pain, heart rate changes (fast, slow, or uneven), weakness, headache, drowsiness, changes in behavior, bone pain, muscle pain or weakness, loss of height, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, constipation, loss of appetite, weight loss, dry mouth or a metallic taste, changes in behavior, slow growth (in a child taking Rocaltrol), or severe pain in your upper stomach spreading to your back.
Rocaltrol is dosed for each individual patient, and may be given in either capsule or oral solution form. Some medications that may adversely interact with Rocaltrol include digoxin, cholestyramine, sevelamer, ketoconazole, lanthanum, seizure medication, steroids, and diuretics (water pills). During pregnancy, Rocaltol should be used only when prescribed. It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Our Rocaltrol 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.
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Rocaltrol in Detail - Patient Information: Side Effects
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using calcitriol and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
- weakness, headache, drowsiness;
- nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, constipation;
- loss of appetite;
- dry mouth, increased thirst;
- metallic taste in your mouth;
- urinating more than usual;
- fast, slow, or uneven heart rate;
- changes in behavior;
- muscle pain, bone pain, muscle weakness, loss of height;
- slow growth (in a child taking calcitriol); or
- severe pain in your upper stomach spreading to your back.
Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Rocaltrol (Calcitriol)
What is Patient Information Overview?
A concise overview of the drug for the patient or caregiver from First DataBank.
Rocaltrol Overview - Patient Information: Side Effects
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 immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: loss of appetite, back/bone/joint/muscle pain, constipation, dry mouth, eye pain/redness/sensitivity to light, headache, fast/slow/irregular heartbeat, nausea/vomiting/diarrhea, sleepiness, stomach/abdominal pain, increased thirst, change in the amount of urine, weakness.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: 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 Rocaltrol (Calcitriol)
What is Prescribing information?
The FDA package insert formatted in easy-to-find categories for health professionals and clinicians.
Rocaltrol FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
Since Rocaltrol (calcitriol) is believed to be the active hormone which exerts vitamin D activity in the body, adverse effects are, in general, similar to those encountered with excessive vitamin D intake, ie, hypercalcemia syndrome or calcium intoxication (depending on the severity and duration of hypercalcemia) (see WARNINGS). Because of the short biological half-life of calcitriol, pharmacokinetic investigations have shown normalization of elevated serum calcium within a few days of treatment withdrawal, ie, much faster than in treatment with vitamin D3 preparations.
The early and late signs and symptoms of vitamin D intoxication associated with hypercalcemia include:
Late: polyuria, polydipsia, anorexia, weight loss, nocturia, conjunctivitis (calcific), pancreatitis, photophobia, rhinorrhea, pruritus, hyperthermia, decreased libido, elevated BUN, albuminuria, hypercholesterolemia, elevated SGOT (AST) and SGPT (ALT), ectopic calcification, nephrocalcinosis, hypertension, cardiac arrhythmias, dystrophy, sensory disturbances, dehydration, apathy, arrested growth, urinary tract infections, and, rarely, overt psychosis.
In clinical studies on hypoparathyroidism and pseudohypoparathyroidism, hypercalcemia was noted on at least one occasion in about 1 in 3 patients and hypercalciuria in about 1 in 7 patients. Elevated serum creatinine levels were observed in about 1 in 6 patients (approximately one half of whom had normal levels at baseline).
Hypersensitivity reactions (pruritus, rash, urticaria, and very rarely severe erythematous skin disorders) may occur in susceptible individuals. One case of erythema multiforme and one case of allergic reaction (swelling of lips and hives all over the body) were confirmed by rechallenge.
Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Rocaltrol (Calcitriol)
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