Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
DHT (dihydrotachysterol) is a form of vitamin D used to treat hypocalcemia (lack of calcium in the blood) and hypoparathyroidism (lack of parathyroid hormone in the body). DHT may be available in generic form. The recommended dose of DHT does not usually cause side effects. Side effects of DHT include dry skin, changes in your bowel habits, dry mouth, muscle pain, increased thirst, increased urination, high blood pressure, stomach upset, loss of appetite, weight loss, or unusual taste in the mouth.
The initial dose of DHT is 0.8 mg to 2.4 mg daily for several days. The maintenance dose is 0.2 mg to 1.0 mg daily as required for normal serum calcium levels. The average maintenance dose is 0.6 mg daily. This dose may be supplemented with 10 to 15 grams of calcium lactate or gluconate taken orally daily. DHT may interact with calcium or vitamin D supplements, multivitamins containing calcium or vitamin D, or diuretics (water pills). Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. During pregnancy, DHT should be used only if prescribed. It may be harmful to a fetus. It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.
Our DHT (dihydrotachysterol) 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.