Which medications in the drug class Vitamin D are used in the treatment of Hypocalcemia?

Updated: Aug 08, 2019
  • Author: Manish Suneja, MD, FASN, FACP; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Vitamin D

Vitamin D restores calcium levels in conditions associated with vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D helps control hyperparathyroidism in patients with chronic renal failure and end-stage renal disease.

Calcitriol (Calcijex, Rocaltrol, Vectical)

Calcitriol increases calcium levels by promoting calcium absorption in the intestines and calcium retention in the kidneys. To prevent hyperparathyroidism, patients on dialysis may require higher doses, such as 1-2 mcg/day IV administered 2-3 times per week (approximately every other day).


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