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What is alfacalcidol used for?

What is alfacalcidol used for?

Although alfacalcidol is widely used in the treatment of osteoporosis, its mechanism of action in bone is not fully understood. Alfacalcidol stimulates intestinal calcium (Ca) absorption, increases urinary Ca excretion and serum Ca levels, and suppresses parathyroid hormone (PTH) secretion.

What is One-Alpha capsules used for?

One-Alpha works by increasing the amount of vitamin D in your body. This means the levels of calcium and phosphate in your body will increase too. One-Alpha is used to treat diseases where the amount of calcium in your body needs changing. It is used to treat: •Changes in bone caused by kidney failure (osteodystrophy).

When do you give alfacalcidol?

Take alfacalcidol exactly as your doctor tells you to. It is usually taken as one dose a day. Try to take your doses at the same time of day each day, as this will help you to remember to take it regularly.

Is it safe to take alfacalcidol?

Alfacalcidol can cause some serious side effects and can lead to some serious health problems. Talk with your doctor if you are having any serious problems.

Is it OK to take vitamin D everyday?

Current guidelines say adults shouldn’t take more than the equivalent of 100 micrograms a day. But vitamin D is a ‘fat-soluble’ vitamin, so your body can store it for months and you don’t need it every day. That means you could equally safely take a supplement of 20 micrograms a day or 500 micrograms once a month.

Can you buy alfacalcidol over the counter?

Alfacalcidol is used more in the UK , Rocaltrol in the USA. Please note: These are not vitamin D3 supplements that you can buy over the counter but potent steroid like hormones that will be prescribed by your doctor and will require careful monitoring.Do not adjust these tablets on your own.

Why is alfacalcidol used in renal failure?

In CKD stages G3 and G4, oral alfacalcidol administration significantly improved the bone histology in patients with abnormal bone turnover prior to therapy [23]. In dialysis patients, both oral and parenteral forms suppress PTH, having an activity similar to calcitriol.