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Important Safety Information about Rocaltrol
•  Rocaltrol should not be taken if there are symptoms of abnormally elevated vitamin D or calcium levels or if the person is allergic to any product ingredient.
•  Taking too much vitamin D can cause high calcium levels, which could require immediate medical attention.
•  Do not take any medications or vitamin/mineral supplements without your physician's knowledge.
•  High levels of calcium can trigger serious health problems. 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.
•  Laboratory tests should be done routinely and more frequently when Rocaltrol is initiated or during dose changes to measure parathyroid hormone (PTH), minerals such as calcium, and phosphorus levels in the blood and creatinine (found in skeletal muscle). Rocaltrol doses will be adjusted accordingly to maintain blood levels of minerals within targeted levels and to ensure optimum PTH reduction/levels.
•  It is important for anyone taking Rocaltrol to take their medications as prescribed, to adhere to a diet low in phosphorus if advised by your physician and to take phosphate binders as prescribed. Potential side effects of Rocaltrol are, in general, similar to effects of taking too much vitamin D. Early symptoms of elevated vitamin D or calcium include weakness, headache, somnolence, nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, constipation, muscle or bone pain, metallic taste, and anorexia, abdominal pain or stomach ache.
•  For more information about possible side effects of Rocaltrol, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Talk with your doctor if you think you might be experiencing a side effect of Rocaltrol.
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.