Calcitriol medication is a Vitamin D3 Analog, which is a hydroxy calciol in which the pro-S hydrogen of calcitriol is replaced by a hydroxy group. It plays the role of a bone density conservation agent, an ant psoriatic, an immunomodulator, an antineoplastic agent, a calcium channel modulator, a nutraceutical, a vitamin, a calcium channel agonist, a metabolite, a hormone, a human metabolite, and a mouse metabolite. It is used as the main active component in drugs to treat hyperparathyroidism.
Class of Drugs – Man-made Vitamin D3
Molecular Formula – C27H44O3
Molecular Weight - 416.6 g/mol
Working: Calcium in the given medicine Calcitriol plays an important role in maintaining bone health, and low levels of calcium. This component increases blood levels of calcium by maximizing the absorption of calcium in the kidneys, the absorption of calcium and phosphorus from the intestine, as well as increasing the release of calcium-phosphorus from the bones. It helps the body to use calcium found in foods and supplements.
Uses: This medication is used to treat hyperparathyroidism or overactive parathyroid glands and metabolic bone disease in people with chronic kidney failure. Calcitriol is a man-made Vitamin D that helps to control parathyroid hormone and the levels of certain minerals like calcium, phosphorus. These chemicals are needed for building and keeping strong bones.
This medication is used in people with kidney disease unable to make enough of the active form of Vitamin D. It prevents and treats certain types of calcium/phosphorus/parathyroid problems.
Popular Brands and Dosages: This active form of Vitamin D3 is used in popular brand medicine as mentioned below:
- Rocaltrol: 0.25 mcg
Advisable to drink plenty of fluids unless otherwise directed by the doctor.