my father has a calcium deficiency and isn't absorbing calcium and minerals right... and needs what they called vitamin d calcium lactate... the dr says this is drisdol... but the pharmacy says they never heard of it... he has been on it for years ... but has moved and can't find it now... and I also wanted to know do you take vitamin d on top of it...
Drisdol is ergocalciferol, which is vitamin D2. Vitamin D is important for the absorption of calcium from the stomach and for the functioning of calcium in the body.
Ergocalciferol is used to treat hypoparathyroidism (decreased functioning of the parathyroid glands).
Ergocalciferol is also used to treat rickets (softening of the bones caused by vitamin D deficiency) or low levels of phosphate in the blood (hypophosphatemia).
I think what is confusing the pharmacy is Vitamin D + calcium lactate.
Your father would have to take Drisdol and a formulation of calcium lactate. Drisdol does not contain calcium lactate.
Drisdol is still available as a prescription medicine. It's manufactured by SANOFI AVENTIS.
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