COLECALCIFEROL 800 IU SOFT CAPSULES
Active substance(s): CHOLECALCIFEROL / COLECALCIFEROL
Colecalciferol 800 IU Soft Capsules
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine.
Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
This medicine has been prescribed for you.
Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them, even if their symptoms are the same
If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this
leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
In this leaflet:
What Colecalciferol is and what it is taken for
Before you take Colecalciferol
How to take Colecalciferol
Possible side effects
How to store Colecalciferol
WHAT COLECALCIFEROL IS AND WHAT IT IS TAKEN
Colecalciferol are soft capsules. They contain the active ingredient:
Vitamin D3 (800 IU colecalciferol equivalent to 20 micrograms Vitamin D3)
Vitamin D is found in the diet and is also produced in the skin after exposure to the
sun. Often vitamin D is given in combination with calcium. Colecalciferol is
recommended for use when you have a normal intake of dietary calcium.
Colecalciferol may be prescribed by your doctor to treat or prevent vitamin D
deficiency. Deficiency of vitamin D may occur when your diet or lifestyle does not
provide you enough vitamin D or when your body requires more vitamin D (for
instance when you are pregnant). Colecalciferol may also be prescribed for certain
bone conditions, such as thinning of the bone (osteoporosis) when it will be given to
you with other medicines.
BEFORE YOU TAKE COLECALCIFEROL
Do not take Colecalciferol if you
are allergic (hypersensitive) to vitamin D or any of the other ingredients in the
capsules (these are listed in section 6, Further information).
Have high levels of vitamin D in your blood (hypervitaminosis D)
Have high blood levels of calcium (hypercalcaemia) or high urine levels of
Have kidney stones or serious kidney problems
Check with your doctor before taking Colecalciferol if
You have kidney damage or disease. Your doctor may want to measure the
levels of calcium in your blood or urine.
You are being treated for heart disease.
You have sarcoidosis (an immune system disorder which may affect your
liver, lungs, skin or lymph nodes).
You are already taking additional doses of calcium or vitamin D. Whilst you
are taking Colecalciferol your doctor will monitor your blood levels of calcium
to make sure they are not too high.
Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other
medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription.
In particular the following medicines may interact withColecalciferol:
Heart medicines (cardiac glycosides such as digoxin). Your doctor may
monitor your heart with an electrocardiogram (ECG) and measure the levels of
calcium in your blood.
Medicines to treat epilepsy (such as phenytoin) or medicines to make you
sleep (barbiturates such as phenobarbitone) as these medicines can decrease
the effect of vitamin D.
Glucocorticoids (steroid hormones such as hydrocortisone or prednisolone).
These can decrease the effect of vitamin D.
Laxatives (such as paraffin oil) or a cholesterol lowering drug called
colestyramine may reduce the absorption of vitamin D.
Actinomycin (a medicine used to treat some forms of cancer) and imidazole
antifungals (medicines such as clotrimazole and ketoconazole used to treat
fungal diseases) as they may interfere with the metabolism of vitamin D.
Taking Colecalciferol with food and drink
You can take Colecalciferol with or without food and drink.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
If you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant or you are breast-feeding you should
talk to your doctor or pharmacist before you take FColecalciferol. Colecalciferol should
be used during pregnancy and breast-feeding only if recommended by your doctor.
Driving and using machines
Colecalciferol should not affect your ability to drive or operate machinery.
HOW TO TAKE COLECALCIFEROL
Always take Colecalciferol exactly as your doctor has told you.
In severe vitamin D deficiency (for adults and the elderly)
Your doctor will usually prescribe you a dose of 1-4 capsules daily for up to12 weeks.
The amount will depend on how low your vitamin D levels are and how you respond
to treatment. Your doctor will then tell you to take 1-2 capsules daily to maintain your
vitamin D levels.
In moderate vitamin D deficiency (for adults and the elderly) or to prevent
vitamin D deficiency
Your doctor will usually prescribe you 1-2 capsules daily.
In vitamin D deficiency in children over 12 years
Your doctor will usually prescribe you 1 capsule daily.
In osteoporosis (you will also be taking other medicines for this)
Your doctor will usually prescribe you 1 capsule daily
Use in pregnancy and breast-feeding
To treat vitamin D deficiency: Your doctor will usually prescribe 1 – 5 capsules
daily for up to 12 weeks, followed by a long term maintenance dose.
Long term maintenance and to prevent vitamin D deficiency: Your doctor will
usually prescribe 1 – 2 capsules daily.
You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are unsure.
The capsules should be swallowed whole (not chewed) with water.
Colecalciferol is not suitable for children under 12 years.
If you take more Colecalciferol than you should
If you accidentally take one capsule too many, nothing is likely to happen. If you
accidentally take several capsules too many tell your doctor or get other medical advice
immediately. If possible, take the capsules, the box and this leaflet with you to show
the doctor. If you take too many capsules you may feel or be sick, become constipated
or have stomach pains, weak muscles, tiredness, lack of appetite, kidney problems and
in severe cases irregular heartbeats.
If you forget to take Colecalciferol
If you forget to take your capsules, take them as soon as you can. Do not take a
double dose to make up for a forgotten dose. After that, take the next capsule in
accordance with the instructions given to you by your doctor.
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, Colecalciferol can cause side effects, although not everybody gets
Side effects with Colecalciferol may include:
Uncommon side effects (affecting less than 1 in 100 people)
too much calcium in your blood (hypercalcaemia). You may feel or be sick,
lose your appetite, have constipation, stomach ache, feel very thirsty, have
muscle weakness, drowsiness or confusion.
too much calcium in your urine (hypercalciuria)
Rare side effects (affecting less than 1 in 1000 people)
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any
possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly
via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard or search for MHRA
Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store.
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this
HOW TO STORE COLECALCIFEROL
Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
Store below 25°C. Store blister foil in the original container in order to protect from
Do not use Colecalciferol after the expiry date which is stated on the carton as “EXP”.
The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your
pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required. These measures will help
to protect the environment.
What Colecalciferol contains
The active ingredient (which makes the medicine work) is colecalciferol. Each
capsule contains 800 IU colecalciferol (equivalent to 20 micrograms Vitamin D3).
The other ingredients are:
Maize oil, refined
Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) (E321)
Brilliant Blue WS (E133)
What Colecalciferol looks like and contents of the pack
Colecalciferol 800 IU Soft Capsule is a blue coloured translucent soft gelatin
It is available in blister packs containing 28, 30, 56, 60 or 90 capsules
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
The Marketing Authorisation Holder is:
Internis Pharmaceuticals Ltd.
The Manufacturer is:
Thornton and Ross Limited
This medicinal product is authorised in the Member States of the EEA under the
Colecalciferol 800 IU Soft Capsules
This leaflet was last revised in December 2017