Generic Name(s): Ergocalciferol, Vitamin D2
Drug Class: Vitamin D Analogues
Treats: Rickets, Nutritional deficiency
Drisdol is a medicine that is prescribed to those who have parathyroid hormone level rickets; this is a condition that is caused by having a deficiency that is caused by not having sufficient vitamin D in your body. Drisdol is a type of vitamin D that works by aiding the proper absorption and the use of phosphate and calcium in the body.
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Drisdol provides Vitamin D to those who do not have sufficient amounts of it in their body. Vitamin D helps your body in the absorption of phosphorus and calcium. Having the correct amount of Vitamin D, phosphorus, and calcium is important to have in the body and keep the bones strong. This vitamin is used in the treatment of bone disorders like rickets and osteomalacia. Vitamin D is usually made by the body when the skin is exposed to sunlight. Many things can prevent people from reaching appropriate levels of Vitamin D. Drisdol can help. Below you will find the uses of Drisdol.
- Nutritional deficiency
Before using Drisdol, read the leaflet that is available for patients. If you have any question or something is not clear have your doctor clarify it for you. Dosage of Drisdol depends on your condition and how your body is reacting to the medication. Below you will find a typical dosage of Drisdol.
- For dialysis: 1 mcg taken a day
- For calcium absorption: 0.25 mcg taken a day
- Your doctor may adjust your dose as necessary
Drisdol Side Effects
Like any drug, Drisdol may cause side effects. You should consult your doctor if you experience severe or persistent side effects. Below you will find a list of side effects associated with Drisdol. Note that not all possible side effects are listed.
Contact your doctor if you experience the following:
- Bone or muscle pain
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Dry mouth or thirst
- Increased urination
- Irregular heartbeat
- Nausea or vomiting
- Unexplained tiredness or weakness
Drisdol might change how medicines work or increase risk of having side effects that are serious. Before taking this medicine ensure that you have informed your doctor of any medication that you are taking this should range from prescriptions, nonprescription, and vitamins. Do not start or change the medication without consulting with your doctor. Below is a list of medications that might interact with Drisdol. Note that not all possible interactions are listed.
- Other vitamins
- Vitamin D