What is Alfacalcidol?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Alfacalcidol (1-alpha-hydroxyvitamin D3) is a synthetic analog of vitamin D. Similar to calcitriol, it has a rapid onset of action and relatively short half-life. It is commonly used for the treatment of hypocalcemia.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Calcium deficiency 3 1
Hypophosphatemia 1 0
Kidney transplant 1 0
Support hormone balance 1 0
Vitamin D deficiency 1 1

  • 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 0
Mild 0
None 3

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Alfacalcidol

Side effect Patients

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Alfacalcidol

Dosage Patients
1 mcg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Alfacalcidol

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
Did not seem to work 1
See all 4 patients who've stopped taking Alfacalcidol

Duration

Currently taking Alfacalcidol

Duration Patients
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking Alfacalcidol

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 2
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 3
Usually 0
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 1
Not at all hard to take 2
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 3
Not specified 0
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2 patient evaluations for Alfacalcidol

Nov 10, 2015 (Started Mar 21, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for vitamin D deficiency)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mcg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Nov 8, 2010 (Started Mar 16, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for calcium deficiency)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 cap(s) Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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