What is Vitamin D3 (calcitriol)?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: NatureMade Vitamin D3 Bio-D3 Max Superior Source Vitamin D3

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Vitamin D3 (calcitriol) is a Vitamin D analog used to manage hypocalcemia in renal dialysis patients; secondary hyperparathyroidism in chronic renal disease; to manage hypocalcemia in hypoparathyroidism. Off label it is used to decrease severity of psoriasis and for Vitamin D dependent rickets.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Multiple Sclerosis 25 8
Vitamin D Deficiency 16 3
Hyperparathyroidism 13 6
Vitamin D deficiency 13 9
Hypoparathyroidism 12 5
General health 9 15

Show all 43 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 2
Mild 0
None 52

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Vitamin D3 (calcitriol)

Side effect Patients
Metallic taste in mouth 2
Increased urination 1
Pain in lower back 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Vitamin D3 (calcitriol)

Dosage Patients
0.25 mcg daily 8
1,000 intl units daily 5
0.5 mcg daily 2
0.75 mcg daily 2
1 mcg daily 2
2,000 intl units daily 2
1 mcg every 3 months 1
0.25 mcg m,w,f 1
1 tablet(s) m,w,f 1
0.5 mcg twice daily 1

See all 20 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Vitamin D3 (calcitriol)

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 6
Other 4
Expense 2
Side effects too severe 2
Did not seem to work 1
See all 13 patients who’ve stopped taking Vitamin D3 (calcitriol)

Duration

Currently taking Vitamin D3 (calcitriol)

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 10
5 - 10 years 12
10 years or more 6

Stopped taking Vitamin D3 (calcitriol)

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 2
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 40
Usually 10
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 3
A little hard to take 9
Not at all hard to take 42
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 2
< $25 28
Not specified 24

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Vitamin D3 (calcitriol) after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Vitamin D (Vitamin D Prescription) 1
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4 patient evaluations for Vitamin D3 (calcitriol)

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Santa 1
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Santa 1
Data Quality: 2 stars
  • Sex: M
  • Age: 62y
  • Organ: Kidney
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Mild
  1. Kidney : 17y Transplanted
I have:
Kidney Transplant

See Santa 1's full Vitamin D3 (calcitriol) history

Jul 15, 2016 (Started Aug 15, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Vitamin D Deficiency)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 mcg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
NanaBurr
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NanaBurr
Data Quality: 2 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 46
Condition: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus 12 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: g
I have:
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

See NanaBurr's full Vitamin D3 (calcitriol) history

Mar 7, 2016 (Started Apr 18, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Muscle pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 7000 intl units Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
Mikhali
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Mikhali
Sex: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: mild
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: mild
Walking: moderate
I am: g
I have:
MS

See Mikhali's full Vitamin D3 (calcitriol) history

Jun 8, 2011 (Started Jan 04, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mL Monthly
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
Last updated:
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