ROCALTROL Reviews

Average Rating: 4.5 (4 Ratings)

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 3  Thyroidectomy and hypocalcemia Causes me a lot of discomfort in my stomach. Sometimes I feel like I have a tummy bug and it is very painful. I have to take this because my parathyroid is not working on its own to provide the calcium to my blood. F 45 2 years
2x daily 1X D
12/29/2020
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 5  very low blood calcium levels Absolutely none 1969 I had thyroid Ca; parathyroid gland was involved & my body does not retain calcium well. My blood calcium levels hovered around 6. This caused tetany & made me feel awful; severe tingling everywhere (no outward signs of this, but I could feel tingling in my face, stomach, legs, etc.) and occasional hand muscle spasms. After taking .50 mg 2x daily, within 4 wks tingling/spasms ceased & blood work has been 8-9 (10 is perfect). Switching to new a Md., an endocrinologist, gave me my life back. Former Mds were of no help to solve this problem & some even thought I caused this problem by not taking my calcium lactate meds; I NEVER missed a dose! Very frustrating and some didn't know what tetany was; they thought I was saying tetnus. Go figure! I know I will be taking this the rest of my life. My only caveat would be to women who plan to or are pregnant. I would refrain from taking it then, as there are risks to the fetus. The formation of the fetus will actually remedy tetany during pregnancy. And yes, I had that experience while pregnant with my son. The tetany symptoms will return after delivery & you can resume taking rocaltrol. F 63 15 days
25 mg 2X D
6/2/2013
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 5  osteoporosis no side effects noticed except mild constipation a great alternative to bisphosphonates, no lethargy, pain, rapid heartbeat, or weakness associated with actonel F 66 3 months
0.25 mcg 1X W
1/3/2011
 5  osteoporosis no side effects, easy to digest, noticeably less joint pain. think this is an excellent addition to calcium, vitamin D regimen in lieu of bisphosphonates. F 66 30 days
0.25 mcg 1X W
2/18/2010
  

ROCALTROL  (CALCITRIOL):  Calcitriol is a man-made active form of vitamin D. Most people get enough vitamin D from exposure to the sun and from fortified food products (e.g., dairy products, vitamins). Vitamin D helps control parathyroid hormone and the levels of certain minerals (e.g., calcium, phosphorus) that are needed for building and keeping strong bones. Before regular vitamin D can be used by the body, it needs to be changed to the active form by the liver and kidneys. Calcitriol is used in patients with kidney disease who can't make enough of the active form of Vitamin D. This medication is also used to prevent and treat certain types of calcium/phosphorus/parathyroid problems that can happen with long-term kidney dialysis or hypoparathyroidism. Calcitriol is usually used along with specific diet recommendations and sometimes other medications.   (Sources: U.S. Centers for Medicare Services, FDA)

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