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Using of Hectorol

Brand Name(s): Hectorol

Generic Name Doxercalciferol

What are doxercalciferol capsules?

DOXERCALCIFEROL (Hectorol®) is a man-made form of vitamin D. Vitamin D helps your body control the levels of calcium and phosphate in your blood and bones. Patients with chronic renal failure are not able to control calcium or phosphorus correctly. Doxercalciferol helps your body maintain healthy bones. Generic doxercalciferol capsules are not available.

What should my health care professional know before I receive doxercalciferol?

They need to know if you have any of the following conditions:

  • liver disease
  • too much calcium, phosphorus, or vitamin D in your blood
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to doxercalciferol, vitamin D, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Doxercalciferol capsules are taken by mouth with water. Doxercalciferol is given before your dialysis. Your dose of doxercalciferol will depend on the levels of calcium and phosphorus in your blood. Doxercalciferol is given no more than every other day. If you are given doxercalciferol to take at home before your dialysis, follow the directions of the prescription label.

What if I miss a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as possible. Tell your prescriber if you did not take your dose. Your prescriber or health care professional will monitor your therapy and determine when you should receive a dose.

What drug(s) may interact with doxercalciferol?

  • cholestyramine
  • colestipol
  • digoxin
  • mineral oil
  • orlistat
  • phenobarbital
  • phenytoin
  • vitamin D
  • water pills

Talk to your prescriber or other health care professional before taking any of these medicines:

  • antacids
  • calcium supplements
  • magnesium supplements

Tell your prescriber or other health care professional about all other medicines that you are taking including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also, tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check before stopping or starting any of your medications.

What side effects may I notice from taking doxercalciferol?

Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or other health care professional as soon as possible:

  • confusion
  • constipation
  • increased thirst
  • increased need to urinate
  • increased weakness
  • metallic taste
  • muscle pain
  • nausea/vomiting
  • shortness of breath

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or other health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • dizziness
  • headache
  • heartburn
  • itching
  • weight gain

What should I watch for while taking doxercalciferol?

It is very important to follow any diet instructions your health care professional gives you. This will make sure doxercalciferol works well for you. You may need to take calcium supplements and limit the amount of phosphorus-containing foods you eat.

Do not take other vitamin D products while taking doxercalciferol. Doxercalciferol is similar to other forms of vitamin D and severe side effects may occur if too much vitamin D is taken.

Talk with your prescriber or health care professional before taking any type of antacid product.

You will need to have your blood levels checked while you are receiving doxercalciferol. You may need weekly blood checks until the correct dose of doxercalciferol is found; then only monthly blood checks will be needed.

If you are taking cholestyramine, colestipol, or mineral oil, do not take these at the same time as your doxercalciferol capsules. Separate the timing of the doses as much as possible.

Where can I keep my medicine?

Keep this medicine out of reach of children. Store the capsules at room temperature.

(Note: The above information is not intended to replace the advice of your physician, pharmacist, or other healthcare professional. It is not meant to indicate that the use of the product is safe, appropriate, or effective for you.)

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