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Is calcitriol or paricalcitol better for treating hypoparathyroidism? yes, hypo, not hyper.

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Dr. Tamer Yacoub
35 years experience
Calcitriol: calcitriol is the active form of vitamin D used for treatment of hypocalcemia ( low calcium) associated with Hypoparathyroidism. Paraclcitriol is used for treatment of Hyperparathyroism associated with kidney failure. Very soon next year we may have a parathyroid hormone analauge to treat Hypoparathyroidism.

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