About Alfacal: Alfacal (Alfacalcidol) is a medicinal drug that is prescribed to patients to alleviate symptoms of osteoporosis. The medicine may also be used for other conditions such osteodystrophy (renal bone disease), neonatal hypocalcaemia, primary and tertiary hyperparathyroidism associated with bone disease, rickets, and osteomalacia. This medicine is a vitamin D product which can also be given as a diet supplement to patients suffering from calcium deficiencies. It is used to improve the metabolism of calcium and increase its amount in the body. Your physician may prescribe this medicine to you for the treatment of other conditions not listed here.
How to use Alfacal
Alfacal (Alfacalcidol) is available as capsules which can be taken by both children and adults over the weight of 20kgs. Your physician will take you through on how to use the medicine, and it is strictly recommended that you follow your physician’s advice. Do not hesitate to consult them if you have a concern about the use of the medicine and the instructions leaflet does not offer a solution. Take your daily dose at a specified time and this helps you to remember all your doses which might last up to 2 months depending on how the doctor assesses your condition. Remember to take the capsules whole without chewing, crushing, splitting or dissolving the contents.
Your doctor will closely monitor your progress with treatment using Alfacal (Alfacalcidol). Take your dosage are prescribed without skipping or altering it. If your body does not progress well, your physician may lower or increase your dosage depending on how they assess your condition. A typical prescription for adult patients is a daily intake of 3mcg each day. This should be taken as a single dose for as long as the doctor determines which can be up to 2 months.
Alfacal Side Effects
Alfacal (Alfacalcidol) is well tolerated though it is possible for patients to experience the occurrence of side effects. Most patients report side effects linked to symptoms of hypercalcemia or hyperphosphatemia with the side effects becoming more defined as the length of medication increases. You are however advised to inform your doctor immediately if any of the common side effects experienced worsens or becomes bothersome. Common side effects include constipation, abdominal pains, loss of appetite, and abnormal levels of phosphate or calcium in the body, nausea as well as uncontrollable sweating.
This medicine may not be suitable for children under the weight of 20kgs. It may also have adverse effects on infants and fetuses and so pregnant, breastfeeding or those women trying to conceive are instructed to discuss the risks of using this medicine with their physicians before commencing on treatment. If you are suffering from hypermagnesemia, hypercalcemia or hyperphosphatemia; this medicine is not applicable for use in treatment for you.
Inform your doctor if you have allergies, consume alcohol, smoke or use any recreational narcotics, are using other medicine (prescriptions, non-prescriptions, herbal or supplements), have known disorders or other health conditions that may be affected by the use of Alfacal (Alfacalcidol).