Generic name: doxercalciferol (oral/injection) [ dock-sir-kal-SIH-fer-all ]
Brand name: Hectorol
Dosage forms: intravenous solution (2 mcg/mL); oral capsule (0.5 mcg; 1 mcg; 2.5 mcg)
Drug class: Vitamins
What is doxercalciferol?
Doxercalciferol is a synthetic (man- made) form of vitamin D. Vitamin D is important for the absorption of calcium from the stomach and for the functioning of calcium in the body.
Doxercalciferol is used to help maintain healthy levels of parathyroid hormone in people with chronic kidney disease who are on dialysis.
Doxercalciferol may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.
Before taking this medicine
You should not use doxercalciferol if you are allergic to it, or if you have high levels of vitamin D or calcium in your body.
Tell your doctor if you have ever had:
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
Doxercalciferol is not approved for use by anyone younger than 18 years old.
How should I use doxercalciferol?
Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose. Use the medicine exactly as directed.
Doxercalciferol is usually given either once daily or 3 times per week. Follow your doctor's dosing instructions very carefully.
Doxercalciferol oral is taken by mouth.
Doxercalciferol injection is given as an infusion into a vein at the end of dialysis. A healthcare provider will give you this injection.
Your blood will need to be tested often. Your doses may be delayed based on the results.
Even if you have no symptoms, tests can help your doctor determine if doxercalciferol is effective.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Call your doctor for instructions if you miss a dose of doxercalciferol.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
What should I avoid while using doxercalciferol?
Avoid using any vitamin D or calcium supplements without your doctor's advice.
Doxercalciferol side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; chest discomfort, difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Doxercalciferol may cause serious side effects. Stop using doxercalciferol and call your doctor at once if you have:
chest pain, slow heartbeats;
signs of infection--fever, chills, flu-like symptoms, warmth, redness, vomiting, diarrhea, pain or burning when you urinate;
low red blood cells (anemia)--pale skin, feeling light-headed or short of breath, cold hands and feet; or
Common side effects of doxercalciferol may include:
numbness, tingling, burning pain;
infections, not feeling well;
cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, cough;
depressed mood, trouble sleeping;
upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, constipation;
feeling short of breath;
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What other drugs will affect doxercalciferol?
Some medicines can make doxercalciferol much less effective when taken at the same time. If you take any of the following medicines, take your oral doxercalciferol dose 1 hour before or 4 to 6 hours after you take the other medicine:
Tell your doctor about all your other medicines, especially:
an antibiotic or antifungal medicine;
a calcium or a vitamin D supplement;
a diuretic or "water pill"; or
This list is not complete. Other drugs may affect doxercalciferol, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible drug interactions are listed here.
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