What is this medicine?
PARICALCITOL (par i KAL si trole) is a man made form of vitamin D. It is used in patients with chronic renal failure. It helps your body maintain the right amount of calcium and phosphorus for healthy bones and teeth.
How should I use this medicine?
This medicine is for injection into a vein. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. This medicine is not approved for use in children.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
bone, muscle pain
chest pain, irregular heartbeat
increased need to urinate
numb, tingling pain
unexpected weight loss
unusual blood pressure
unusually weak or tired
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
loss of appetite
What may interact with this medicine?
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
certain antibiotics like clarithromycin, telithromycin
certain medicines for seizures like phenobarbital
medicines for cholesterol like cholestyramine, colestipol
medicines for fungal infections like ketoconazole and itraconazole
medicines for HIV called protease inhibitors
some antacids and vitamins
What if I miss a dose?
This does not apply.
Where should I keep my medicine?
This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of the following conditions:
too much calcium, phosphorus, or vitamin D in your blood
an unusual or allergic reaction to paricalcitol, vitamin D, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. You will need to have important lab work done while you are taking this medicine.
You will need to be on a special diet while you are taking this medicine. Do not take any non-prescription medicines that have vitamin D, phosphorus, magnesium, or calcium (including antacids), unless directed by your doctor. Taking extra supplements can cause side effects, take only as directed.