D3 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.
Not all side effects for D3 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). 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
- difficulty swallowing
- 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
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]
1. Miller SM "New perspectives on vitamin D." Am J Med Technol 49 (1983): 27-37
2. Araugo OE, Flowers FP, Brown K "Vitamin D therapy in psoriasis." DICP 25 (1991): 835-9
3. Sarar P, Kochanek PM "Vitamin D intoxication associated with an over-the-counter supplement." N Engl J Med 345 (2001): 66-7
More about D3 (cholecalciferol)
Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided is accurate, up-to-date and complete, but no guarantee is made to that effect. In addition, the drug information contained herein may be time sensitive and should not be utilized as a reference resource beyond the date hereof. This material does not endorse drugs, diagnose patients, or recommend therapy. This information is a reference resource designed as supplement to, and not a substitute for, the expertise, skill , knowledge, and judgement of healthcare practitioners in patient care. The absence of a warning for a given drug or combination thereof in no way should be construed to indicate safety, effectiveness, or appropriateness for any given patient. Drugs.com does not assume any responsibility for any aspect of healthcare administered with the aid of materials provided. The information contained herein is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or adverse effects. If you have questions about the substances you are taking, check with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.