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Calciferol Side Effects

Generic Name: ergocalciferol

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

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

Rare (less than 0.1%): Hypercalcemia
Frequency not reported: Hypervitaminosis D[Ref]

Hypervitaminosis D is characterized by: impairment of renal function with polyuria, nocturia, polydipsia, hypercalciuria, reversible azotemia, hypertension, nephrocalcinosis, generalized vascular calcification, or irreversible renal insufficiency which may result in death; mental retardation; widespread calcification of the soft tissues, including the heart, blood vessels, renal tubules, and lungs; bone demineralization (osteoporosis) in adults; decline in the average rate of linear growth and increased mineralization of bones in infants and children (dwarfism), vague aches, stiffness, and weakness; nausea, anorexia, constipation; and mild acidosis, anemia, and weight loss.[Ref]

Genitourinary

Rare (less than 0.1%): Hypercalciuria[Ref]

Dermatologic

Rare (less than 0.1%): Pruritus, rash, urticaria[Ref]

References

1. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0

2. "Product Information. Drisdol (ergocalciferol)." sanofi-aventis, Bridgewater, NJ.

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

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