Which medications in the drug class Calcium and vitamin D therapies are used in the treatment of Pediatric Mixed Connective Tissue Disease?

Updated: Oct 24, 2018
  • Author: Marisa S Klein-Gitelman, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Lawrence K Jung, MD  more...
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Calcium and vitamin D therapies

All patients who are on corticosteroids or who have arthritis are at greater risk for osteopenia and its complications. Diet and appropriate supplementation with vitamin D and calcium are important tools for bone health in these patients.

Calcium carbonate (Oystercal, Caltrate)

Used as antacid and for prevention of calcium depletion.

Calcifediol (Calderol)

Vitamin D regulates calcium homeostasis, promoting absorption of calcium by gut, resorption of calcium by kidney, and increasing bone mineral metabolism.


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