D3-5 Side Effects

Generic Name: cholecalciferol

Note: This page contains information about the side effects of cholecalciferol. Some of the dosage forms included on this document may not apply to the brand name D3-5.

Not all side effects for D3-5 may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.

For the Consumer

Applies to cholecalciferol: oral capsule, oral capsule liquid filled, oral solution, oral tablet, oral tablet chewable, oral wafer

In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by cholecalciferol (the active ingredient contained in D3-5). In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require medical attention.

You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking cholecalciferol:

Incidence not known
  • Cough
  • difficulty swallowing
  • dizziness
  • fast heartbeat
  • hives or itching
  • puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
  • skin rash
  • tightness in the chest
  • unusual tiredness or weakness

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to cholecalciferol: compounding crystal, oral capsule, oral liquid, oral solution, oral tablet, oral tablet chewable, oral wafer

Metabolic

Early signs and symptoms of hypercalcemia include headache, anorexia, nausea, vomiting, metallic taste, constipation, abdominal cramps, dry mouth, weakness, fatigue, muscle and bone pain, ataxia, tinnitus, and vertigo. Later hypercalcemia may result in pruritus, mental confusion, coma, hypertension, cardiac arrhythmias, seizures, metastatic calcification, and renal insufficiency manifested by polyuria, nocturia, polydipsia, and proteinuria.[Ref]

Metabolic side effects have included hypercalcemia.[Ref]

References

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3. Sarar P, Kochanek PM "Vitamin D intoxication associated with an over-the-counter supplement." N Engl J Med 345 (2001): 66-7

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