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What should I avoid when taking Rocaltrol?
You should know that many nonprescription medications are not safe to take with Rocaltrol (calcitriol).
Ask your doctor before you take any nonprescription medications while you are taking calcitriol.
You should not breastfeed while taking calcitriol.
Be sure to discuss any current or planned vitamin regimens with your physician in order to avoid excess doses of vitamin D while on Rocaltrol therapy.
If you are a dialysis patient on Rocaltrol therapy, your physician may discuss with you the need for a low-phosphate diet and a non-aluminum phosphate-binding compound.
Also, if you are a dialysis patient on Rocaltrol therapy, avoid consuming OTC preparations containing magnesium such as antacids, because use of these could lead to an unhealthy build up of magnesium in your system.
References:
1. Rocaltrol [package insert]. Parsippany, NJ: Validus Pharmaceuticals; 2009.
 
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Important Safety Information for Rocaltrol® (calcitriol) Capsules and Oral solution
Rocaltrol should not be taken if there are symptoms of abnormally elevated vitamin D or calcium levels or if you are allergic to any product ingredient. Taking too much vitamin D can cause high calcium levels, which could trigger serious health problems and may require immediate medical attention. Dosage adjustments of Rocaltrol may be required if other medications are initiated or discontinued; do not stop taking other medications without your physician's knowledge. Potential side effects of Rocaltrol are, in general, similar to effects of taking too much vitamin D. Report early symptoms of elevated vitamin D or calcium including weakness, headache, somnolence, nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, constipation, muscle or bone pain, metallic taste, and anorexia, abdominal pain or stomach ache, to your doctor.