Hectorol (Doxercalciferol)

Doxercalciferol General Information

Hectorol (Doxercalciferol) is used on people with serious kidney disease. It is for those who have high levels of a certain natural substance called parathyroid hormone – PTH. It is a type of hormone that your body normally produces. High PTH levels affect the balance of other minerals in your body. It may result in weak bones.

How does Hectorol (Doxercalciferol) work?

Hectorol (Doxercalciferol) acts straight on bone cells to stimulate skeletal growth. It also acts on the parathyroid glands to suppress PTH synthesis and secretion. These functions are mediated by the interaction of these biologically active metabolites. It is with specific receptor proteins in the various target tissues.

In patients with kidney disease, deficient production of biologically active vitamin D metabolites leads to secondary hyperparathyroidism. In which it contributes to the development of the metabolic bone disease.

Why use Hectorol (Doxercalciferol)?

Hectorol contains Doxercalciferol as an active ingredient. It is a man-made form of vitamin D. It helps to lessen the levels of PTH and increases calcium/phosphorus levels. This product is supplied as capsules for oral use. It is available as soft gelatin capsules with strengths of 0.5 mcg, 1 mcg, and 2.5 mcg. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already approved this medication.

How to use Hectorol (Doxercalciferol)?

The recommended dosage is based on your medical condition and response to it. It is important to take it exactly as it is prescribed. Remember to take it in the same way and at the same time each day.

It is to be taken by mouth usually 3 times a week. You may take each dose with or without food. Take this medicine regularly to get the most benefit from it.

What are the side-effects of Hectorol (Doxercalciferol)?

Common side effects:

  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Feeling short of breath
  • General ill feeling
  • Swelling

Stop using the drug and call your doctor right away if these occur:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Increased thirst or urination
  • Lack of energy or tired feeling
  • Ringing in your ears
  • Muscle weakness
  • Feeling nervous or irritable

Warnings and Precautions

  • Do not increase your dose or take it more frequently without the permission of your doctor.
  • You should not take other supplements or vitamins unless it is directed by your doctor.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant before taking this medicine.
  • It is not known if it passes into breast milk. Talk to your doctor first before breastfeeding.