- regulates calcium levels in the blood.
- promotes calcium absorption from the intestinal tract.
- this medication may be used to treat calcium deficiency associated with hypoparathyroidism.
- It has also been prescribed to reduce parathyroid hormone concentrations in dogs with chronic kidney disease.
- for Dogs and Cats
Possible Side Effects:
If your pet receives too much medication, the calcium levels in your pet&rsquos blood may get too high. If this occurs, your pet will exhibit the following symptoms: excessive urination, excessive thirst and diminished appetite. If this occurs, contact your veterinarian. If your pet&rsquos calcium levels are too low, your pet may develop muscle tremors, twitching, weakness, stiff movement, trouble coordinating muscle activity, changes in behavior, or seizures. Contact your veterinarian if your pet experiences any of these side effects.
Other side effects may occur. If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian.
Possible Drug Interactions:
Tell your veterinarian about any other medications or supplements you are giving your pet. It&rsquos not uncommon for your veterinarian to prescribe two different medications, which may cause a drug interaction to occur. If this happens, your veterinarian may change the dose and/or monitor your pet more closely. Calcitriol may interact with: magnesium containing antacids, thiazide diuretics, corticosteroids, phenytoin, barbiturates or primidone, verapamil, digoxin, mineral oil, sucralfate, cholestyramine, and colestipol. Contact your veterinarian if your pet experiences any unusual reactions when different medications are given together.
Keep this medicine out of reach of children. Store this medicine at room temperature in a dry, cool place. Keep this medicine away from heat and direct sunlight. Do not store this medicine in damp places, in the bathroom, or near the kitchen sink. This medication can break down when exposed to moisture or heat.
Dosage and Administration:
It is important to follow your Veterinarian's prescription instructions for your pet.
First, READ THE LABEL CAREFULLY. Give this medication at about the same time each day.
DO NOT give your pet more medicine than directed.
DO NOT give your pet medicine more often than prescribed.
DO NOT stop giving your pet Calcitriol unless directed by your veterinarian.
Plan ahead to ensure you have the refills you need Try not to miss giving any doses since symptoms may rapidly redevelop.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, give it to your pet as soon as possible. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose, then continue with the regular dosing schedule. Do not give your pet two doses at once.
Capsules containing 0.25 mcg or 0.5 mcg calcitriol.
Each capsule also contains the following inactive ingredients: butylated hydroxyanisole (C) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) as antioxidants, and triglycerides (medium chain).