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CALCIJEX (CALCITRIOL)

Description of Calcijex

If you are undergoing chronic renal dialysis treatments, you may be required to have intravenous (IV) injections of Calcijex to manage hypocalcemia which can occur as a result of elevated parathyroid hormone (PTH) levels. The active ingredient in Calcijex is called Calcitriol, a man-made active form of vitamin D that is important for strong bones. If you have chronic kidney failure, this organ is not able to make enough usable vitamin D. This means your body cannot absorb calcium properly and levels will drop leaving your bones more susceptible to osteoporosis.

The Importance of Vitamin D

For the sake of necessity and convenience, you may be administered Calcijex during your dialysis treatments. By increasing your vitamin D levels, your body can absorb calcium and phosphorous and, in turn, helps to increase calcium levels in your blood. Calcijex also improves reabsorption of calcium in your kidneys, and, along with parathyroid hormone, encourages the release of calcium in your bones.

Usually, people can maintain good levels of vitamin D in their body by eating a diet that includes freshwater fish, cheese, eggs, and fortified milk and taking advantage of UVB rays from sunshine so your skin can produce vitamin D. With the help of your liver and kidney, vitamin D is converted to its active form called Calcitriol.

Conditions Treated by Calcijex

Having kidney disease interferes with being able to convert vitamin D to the usable form and undergoing dialysis will not help that. Dialysis is a treatment that helps maintain balance in your body by removing waste, salt, and any extra fluid so there is no worry of build-up and other chemicals in your blood are kept in check. This is usually done in a hospital or clinical setting about 3 days per week.

Before Calcijex is Administered

Ask your doctor about any risks from Calcijex injections if you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or are breast feeding. Discuss other medical conditions or allergies you have and list any OTC or Rx drugs you currently take or use, including herbal remedies and dietary or vitamin supplements, to determine if Calcijex is safe for you.

Calcijex Precautions

Do not start taking any vitamin supplements before talking with your doctor. If you are receiving dialysis treatment at home, a nurse or other qualified medical personnel may instruct you or your caregiver how to administer Calcijex safely. Make certain that any used needles and syringes are deposited properly in a ‘Sharps’ container. These are available from your pharmacy and exchanged as needed. Your doctor will want to monitor your progress so frequent blood tests may be required.

Possible Side Effects of Calcijex

  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Change in appetite
  • Hypertension
  • Headache

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