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The Facts about Chronic Kidney Disease
26 million Americans have chronic kidney disease and another 20 million more are at increased risk.
High-risk groups include those with diabetes, hypertension, and family history of kidney disease.
African Americans, Hispanics, Pacific Islanders, Native Americans, and seniors are at increased risk.
Three simple tests can detect chronic kidney disease: blood pressure, urine albumin, and serum creatinine.
Early detection can help prevent the progression of kidney disease to kidney failure.
Glomerular filtration rate (the rate at which your kidneys are able to process and filter waste from the blood) is the best estimate of kidney function.
Persistent, detectable levels of protein in the urine (proteinuria) means chronic kidney disease.
Hypertension (high blood pressure) causes chronic kidney disease; chronic kidney disease also causes hypertension.
Heart disease is the major cause of death for all people with chronic kidney disease.
References:
1. National Kidney Foundation: Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), National Kidney Foundation Web site. Available at: http://www.kidney.org/kidneydisease/ckd/index.cfm.
 
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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.