Ergocalciferol Side Effects
Some side effects of ergocalciferol may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.
For the Consumer
Applies to ergocalciferol: oral capsules and solution
Side effects include:
Possible hypervitaminosis D effects: polyuria, nocturia, polydipsia, hypercalciuria, reversible azotemia, hypertension, nephrocalcinosis, generalized vascular calcification, irreversible renal insufficiency (may be fatal), mental retardation, widespread soft tissue calcification, osteoporosis, dwarfism, vague aches, stiffness, weakness, nausea, anorexia, constipation, mild acidosis, anemia, weight loss.
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to ergocalciferol: compounding powder, injectable solution, oral capsule, oral solution, oral tablet
Metabolic side effects have included hypercalcemia.
Hypercalciuria may precede hypercalcemia in patients being treated with ergocalciferol. Early signs and symptoms of hypercalcemia include headache, anorexia, nausea, vomiting, gastrointestinal disturbances, abdominal cramps, dry mouth, metallic taste, weakness, fatigue, muscle and bone pain, ataxia, tinnitus, and vertigo. Later stages of hypercalcemia may present as pruritus, mental confusion, hypertension, cardiac arrhythmias, seizures, metastatic calcification, and renal insufficiency (manifested as polyuria, nocturia, polydipsia, and proteinuria).
More ergocalciferol resources
- ergocalciferol Concise Consumer Information (Cerner Multum)
- ergocalciferol MedFacts Consumer Leaflet (Wolters Kluwer)
- Ergocalciferol Prescribing Information (FDA)
- Ergocalciferol Monograph (AHFS DI)
- Calciferol solution MedFacts Consumer Leaflet (Wolters Kluwer)
- Calciferol Advanced Consumer (Micromedex) - Includes Dosage Information
- Drisdol Prescribing Information (FDA)
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