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Dr. Linda DiMeglio
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Calcitriol (Overview)

Calcitriol is a metabolic agent which is a kind of nutritional or metabolic agent.


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What is calcitriol for? Is this a dangerous drug? Can it cure low IONIZED CALCIUM and HIGH INTACT PTH? Or simple calcium carbonate is ok?

What is calcitriol for? Is this a dangerous drug? Can it cure low IONIZED CALCIUM and HIGH INTACT PTH? Or simple calcium carbonate is ok?

Active vitamin D: Hi. Calcitriol is the active hormone form of vitamin D. If you are vitamin D deficient, it will make up the loss. However, if your kidneys work and you have normal PTH function, you will make your own calcitriol by just taking over the counter vitamin D and letting your own body make the calcitriol. I've seen your case on here. Isn't your doctor explaining ANYTHING to you? They owe you explanation ...Read more

Dr. Linda DiMeglio
1,054 doctors shared insights

Calcitriol (Overview)

Calcitriol is a metabolic agent which is a kind of nutritional or metabolic agent.


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Where in the body is calcitriol produced?

Where in the body is calcitriol produced?

Skin: Your body takes in vitamins, turns them into inactive vitamon d and the sun then the kidneys activate it.Causes calcium absorptoin from GI tract. ...Read more

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Calcitriol (Tip)

Don't overdo your vitamin d. It is one of the fat soluble vitamins like a, e, and k. ...See more

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Why would they prescribe vitamin d after a hysterectomy?

Why would they prescribe vitamin d after a hysterectomy?

Prevent osteoporosis: If the ovaries are removed at the time of a hysterectomy a surgical menopause will occur. The dramatic reduction in estrogen causes women to be increased risk for osteoporosis, or thin bone density, therefore an increased risk of fracture. Calcium, vitamin d and exercise are recommended to prevent bone loss. I bone density test should be considered after menopause. ...Read more

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Kidney disease:is calcitriol as effective as zemplar for parathyroid control?

Kidney disease:is calcitriol as effective as zemplar for parathyroid control?

Yes: Till date, not a single medical study has shown the superiority (with respect to clinical outcomes) of any one form of active vitamin d or vitamin d analogue for treatment of secondary hyperparathyroidism in patients with kidney disease. Calcitriol tends to be cheaper and often used as a "first line". It is as effective as zemplar clinically but might cause more hyperphosphatemia or hypercalcemia. ...Read more

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Calcitriol (Tip)

Ask your doctor how using sunscreen effects the body making vitamin d. ...See more

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Are there any books or types of books I can read about how calcitriol, calcitonin, and parathyroid hormone work together?

Are there any books or types of books I can read about how calcitriol, calcitonin, and parathyroid hormone work together?

Wikipedia: You seem to have a lot of questions on this topic. I have found that Wikipedia is a good source for information. You could search under "calcium homeostasis", as well as Vitamin D, parathyroid hormone and calcitonin to gain a better understanding on how these hormones work together to control your calcium level. ...Read more

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Can you become toxic from vitamin d?

Can you become toxic from vitamin d?

Yes: Excessive intake of vitamin d induces hypercalcemia resulting in depression of central nervous system and excessive calcium excretion in urine, leading to kidney stone. ...Read more

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Calcitriol (Tip)

High blood levels of vitamin d protect against ms, low blood levels increase the risk of ms. ...See more

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I have started taking calcium supplements with vitamin d in the past month and I have developed very bad breath. Is the bad breath a side effect.?

I have started taking  calcium supplements  with vitamin d in the past month and I have developed very bad breath. Is the bad breath a side effect.?

Probably not: I would suggest you start by seeing your dentist. Usually bad breath is from oral bacteria. If the dentist finds nothing wrong, i would see your physician because it could be something else. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of taking vitamin d?

What are the side effects of taking vitamin d?

Relatively few: Vitamin d is an essential material for our body. If you are vitamin d deficient, there should be no side effect to taking vitamin d, although I have heard of patients getting constipated from the calcium supplementation that goes along with it. If you take very high levels of vitamin d (>20, 000 units per day), you can develop hyper calcemia which has a number of consequences. Consult a doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Wendy Askew Dr. Askew
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Calcitriol (Tip)

Food sources of vitamin d: cod liver oil, eggs, fish, oysters, salami, fortified dairy & cereals. ...See more

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What medications interact with vitamin d?

What medications interact with vitamin d?

Numerous: There are many drugs which can interact with vitamin d, but the main ones which should be avoided included magnesium hydroxide and magnesium-containing antacids, mineral oil, vitamin d analogs, and probably thiazide diuretics (blood pressure med) as well. ...Read more

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Calcitriol (Tip)

Vitamin levels are useful. Take vitamin d if the level is lower than 20, perhaps if lower than 30. ...See more

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Is 105 high level of calcitriol?

Is 105 high level of calcitriol?

Yes: Hi. Is this a work up for high blood calcium? If so ( and you're not TAKING calcitriol), you have either a granulomatous disease (sarcoidosis, TB, etc) or a lymphoma causing hi calcitriol. Your doctor will work it up or refer you to an endocrinologist. Good luck! ...Read more

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Where in the body is calcitriol produced?

Skin: Your body takes in vitamins, turns them into inactive vitamon d and the sun then the kidneys activate it.Causes calcium absorptoin from GI tract. ...Read more

Dr. Harold Peltan Dr. Peltan
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Calcitriol (Tip)

Get out in the sun for 15 minutes each day to keep your body making vitamin d naturally. ...See more

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What is Rocaltrol (calcitriol) typically used for?

What is Rocaltrol (calcitriol) typically used for?

Low blood calcium.: Rocaltrol is the active form of vitamin D which is made in the kidney and released into the blood as a hormone to help maintain blood calcium. It is als mad in many other organs. It is used to maintain normal blood calcium in patients with no parathyroid glands and to treat kidney failure patients who can't make enough of the hormone. ...Read more

Dr. Mitchell Vogel Dr. Vogel
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Calcitriol (Tip)

Everyone needs vitamin d for a healthy body... ...See more

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What is the function of the medication, Calcitriol?

What is the function of the medication, Calcitriol?

Low calcium: Oral Calcitriol is indicated for low calcium conditions due to kidney disease and other conditions. Topical Calcitriol ointment is indicated for Psoriasis, and autoimmune skin condition. ...Read more

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Does calcitriol affect cholesterol readings?

Not directly.: Calcitriol may interact with certain drugs which are used to
treat elevated cholesterol...Each drug needs to be evaluated individually. ...Read more

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Calcitriol (Tip)

Vitamin d deficit is becoming more and more frequent. Discuss with your doctor to check your levels. ...See more

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Do calcitonin and calcitriol do the same thing?

Do calcitonin and calcitriol do the same thing?

They are different: Calcitonin is a hormone that helps regulate calcium, it is also used for treatment of Osteoporosis by decreasing bone resorption ( bone thinning).

Calcitriol is the active form of Vitamin D that helps to improve calcium absorption from the gut. ...Read more

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Can I take calcium carbonet with D3 and calcitriol?

Only take one vit d: Vitamin d has multiple names and types, the active compound is 1, 2 dihydroxy vitamin d 2 and is naturally formed innormal people. A vitamin d level should be done to check deficiency. Needed especially if th bone density is low or there are fractures. ...Read more

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Calcitriol (Tip)

No reputable medical organization recommends mega dosing with vitamin d. ...See more

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Can children and teenagers take Rocaltrol (calcitriol)?

Can children and teenagers take Rocaltrol (calcitriol)?

Rarely necessary: Rocaltrol or calcitriol is the active form of vitamin D and is far more expensive than standard vitamin D. It is only indicated in situations where the body is unable to activate vitamin D normally such as chronic renal disease and deficiency of parathyroid hormone which is rare and needs to be managed by a pediatric endocrinologist. ...Read more

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Can I take calcium carbonet with D3 if taking calcitriol?

Can I take calcium carbonet with D3 if taking calcitriol?

Only take one vit d: Vitamin d has multiple names and types, the active compound is 1, 2 dihydroxy vitamin d 2 and is naturally formed innormal people. A vitamin d level should be done to check deficiency. Needed especially if th bone density is low or there are fractures. ...Read more

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Calcitriol (Tip)

If you take vitamin d without accompanying fat, it is not absorbed. ...See more

Dr. Randy Baker
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Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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Rocaltrol (Definition)

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