INVITA D3 50 000 IU SOFT GEL CAPSULES
Active substance(s): CHOLECALCIFEROL / COLECALCIFEROL
InVita D3 50,000 IU soft capsules
COLECALCIFEROL (VITAMIN D3)
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using
this medicine, because it contains important information
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or
pharmacist, or nurse.
• This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not
pass it on to others. It may harm them, even if their signs
of illness are the same as yours.
• If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, or pharmacist
or nurse. This includes any possible any side effects not
listed in this leaflet. See section 4.
What is in this leaflet:
1. What InVita D3 is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you take InVita D3
3. How to take InVita D3
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store InVita D3
6. Contents of the pack and other information
1. WHAT INVITA D3 IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
InVita D3 contains colecalciferol (vitamin D3). Vitamin D3 can
be found in some foods and is also produced by the body
when skin is exposed to sunlight. Vitamin D3 helps the
kidneys and intestine absorb calcium and it helps build bones.
InVita D3 is used:
• to prevent vitamin D deficiency when there is a significant
risk of deficiency or an increased demand for vitamin D
• with other medicine to treat certain bone conditions, such
as thinning of the bone (osteoporosis).
• to treat vitamin D deficiency that has been confirmed by
2. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU TAKE
Do not take InVita D3:
• if you are allergic to vitamin D3 or any of the other
ingredients of this medicine (listed in section 6);
• if you have high levels of calcium in your blood
(hypercalcaemia) or urine (hypercalciuria);
• if you have kidney stones (renal calculi);
• if you have serious renal impairment
• if you have high levels of vitamin D3 in your blood
• if you have pseudohypoparathyroidism (disturbed
parathyroid hormone metabolism)
• if you are pregnant
• if you are under 18 years of age
If any of the above applies to you, talk to your doctor or
pharmacist before taking InVita D3.
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking InVita D3 if
are undergoing treatment with certain medicines used to
treat heart disorders (e.g, cardiac glycosides, such as
• have sarcoidosis (an immune system disorder which may
cause increased levels of vitamin D3 in the body);
• are taking medicines containing vitamin D3, or eating foods
or milk enriched with vitamin D3;
• are likely to be exposed to a lot of sunshine whilst using
• take additional supplements containing calcium. Your
doctor will monitor your blood levels of calcium to make
sure they are not too high whilst you are using InVita D3;
• have kidney damage or disease. Your doctor may want to
measure the levels of calcium in your blood or urine.
This medicine is not suitable for use in children and
adolescents under 18 years of age
Other medicines and InVita D3
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are using, have recently
used or might use any other medicines. This is especially
important if you are taking:
• medicines that act on the heart or kidneys, such as cardiac
glycosides (e.g., digoxin) or diuretics (e.g.,
bendroflumethazide). When used at the same time as
vitamin D3 these medicines may cause a large increase in
the level of calcium in the blood and urine;
• medicines containing vitamin D3 or eating food rich in
vitamin D3, such as, some types of vitamin D3-enriched
• actinomycin (a medicine used to treat some forms of
cancer) and imidazole antifungals (e.g., clotrimazole and
ketoconazole, medicines used to treat fungal disease).
These medicines may interfere with the way your body
process vitamin D3;
• the following medicines because they can interfere with the
effect or the absorption of vitamin D3:
– antiepileptic medicines (anticonvulsants), barbiturates,
– glucocorticoids (steroid hormones such as
hydrocortisone or prednisolone). These can decrease the
effect of vitamin D3;
– medicines that lower the level of cholesterol in the blood
(such as cholestyramine, or colestipol)
– certain medicines for weight loss that reduce the amount
of fat your body absorbs (e.g. orlistat)
– certain laxatives (such as liquid paraffin).
InVita D3 with food and drink
See section 3 “How to take InVita D3”
Pregnancy, breast-feeding and fertility
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be
pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or
pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.
This high strength formulation is not recommended for use in
pregnant and breastfeeding women.
Driving and using machines
There is limited information on the possible effects of this
medicine on your ability to drive. However, it is not expected
that it would affect your ability to drive or to operate
InVita D3 contains Allura Red AC (E129)
InVita D3 50,000 IU soft capsules contain Allura Red AC
(E129) which may cause allergic reactions.
If you are allergic to the above colouring agent, consult your
doctor or pharmacist.
3. HOW TO TAKE INVITA D3
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor or
pharmacist has told you. Check with your doctor or
pharmacist if you are not sure.
The capsules should be swallowed whole with water.
You should take InVita D3 preferably together with a large
meal to help your body absorb the vitamin D.
Use in adults
The recommended dose for:
Treatment of vitamin D deficiency: 50,000 IU/week (1
capsule) for 6-8 weeks, followed by maintenance therapy
(1,400- 2,000 IU/day, such as 1 capsule a month.)
Use in children and adolescents
This high strength formulation is not recommended
Use in pregnancy and breast-feeding
This high strength formulation is not recommended
Possible side effects may include:
Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people)
• Too much calcium in your blood (hypercalcaemia)
• Too much calcium in your urine (hypercalciuria)
Rare (may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people)
• Skin rash
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 effect directly via the
Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By
reporting side effects you can help provide more information
on the safety of this medicine.
5. HOW TO STORE INVITA D3
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated
on the carton after “Exp”. The expiry date refers to the last day
of that month.
Do not store above 30° C.
Store in the original packaging in order to protect from light.
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or
household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away
medicines you no longer use. These measures will help to
protect the environment.
If you take more InVita D3 than you should
If you or your child take more medicine than prescribed,
stop using this medicine and contact your doctor. If it is not
possible to talk to a doctor go to the nearest hospital
emergency department and take the medicine package
The most common symptoms of overdose are: nausea,
vomiting, excessive thirst, the production of large amounts of
urine over 24 hours, constipation and dehydration., high levels
of calcium in the blood (hypercalcaemia and hypercalciuria)
shown by lab test.
6. CONTENTS OF THE PACK AND OTHER
If you forget to take InVita D3
If you forget to take a dose of InVita D3, take the forgotten
dose as soon as possible. Then take the next dose at the
correct time. However, if it is almost time to take the next
dose, do not take the dose you have missed; just take the
next dose as normal.
Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
What InVita D3 looks like and contents of pack
InVita D3 50,000 IU is a red, oval-shaped, soft capsule. It
contains a slightly yellow oily liquid. Each capsule has “50”
printed in white ink. Capsule dimensions are 12.5 x 8.5 mm.
Each carton contains 3 capsules packed in blister strips.
If you stop taking InVita D3
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine,
ask your doctor or pharmacist.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects,
although not everybody gets them.
What InVita D3 contains
• The active substance is colecalciferol (vitamin D3).
Each capsule contains 50,000 IU colecalciferol (vitamin D3)
equivalent to 1.25 mg.
• The other ingredients are: all-rac-α-tocopherol (E307),
medium chain triglycerides, glycerol, gelatine, Opacode®
White imprinting ink (consisting of: shellac (E904), titanium
dioxide (E171) and simethicone), Allura Red AC (E129).
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Consilient Health Limited
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Mercer Street Lower, Dublin 2,
McGregor Cory Limited.
Middleton Close, Banbury, Oxfordshire,
OX16 4RS, United Kingdom
This leaflet was last revised in June 2016
Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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