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Ergocalciferol

Generic Name: ergocalciferol (vitamin D2) (ER goe kal SIF e role)
Brand Name: Calcidol, Calciferol, Drisdol, Vitamin D2
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Drug Information:
Ergocalciferol is Vitamin D2. Vitamin D helps your body absorb Calcium. Ergocalciferol is used to treat hypoparaThyroidism (decreased functioning of the paraThyroid glands). Ergocalciferol is also used to treat rickets (softening of the bones caused by Vitamin D deficiency) or low levels of phosphate in the blood (hypophosphatemia). Ergocalciferol may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide. You should not take ergocalciferol if you have had an allergic Reaction to Vitamin D, or if you have high levels of Calcium or Vitamin D in your body, or any condition that makes it hard for your body to absorb nutrients from food (malabsorption). Learn more

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Ergocalciferol Side Effects

For the Consumer

Applies to ergocalciferol: oral capsules and solution

Side effects include:

Possible hypervitaminosis D effects: polyuria, nocturia, polydipsia, hypercalciuria, reversible azotemia, hypertension, nephrocalcinosis, generalized vascular calcification, irreversible renal insufficiency (may be fatal), mental retardation, widespread soft tissue calcification, osteoporosis, dwarfism, vague aches, stiffness, weakness, nausea, anorexia, constipation, mild acidosis, anemia, weight loss.

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to ergocalciferol: compounding powder, injectable solution, oral capsule, oral solution, oral tablet

Metabolic

Rare (less than 0.1%): Hypercalcemia

Frequency not reported: Hypervitaminosis D

Hypervitaminosis D is characterized by: impairment of renal function with polyuria, nocturia, polydipsia, hypercalciuria, reversible azotemia, hypertension, nephrocalcinosis, generalized vascular calcification, or irreversible renal insufficiency which may result in death; intellectual disability; widespread calcification of the soft tissues, including the heart, blood vessels, renal tubules, and lungs; bone demineralization (osteoporosis) in adults; decline in the average rate of linear growth and increased mineralization of bones in infants and children (dwarfism), vague aches, stiffness, and weakness; nausea, anorexia, constipation; and mild acidosis, anemia, and weight loss.

Genitourinary

Rare (less than 0.1%): Hypercalciuria

Dermatologic

Rare (less than 0.1%): Pruritus, rash, urticaria

Editorial References and Review

Medically reviewed by USARx EDITORIAL TEAM Last updated on 1/1/2020.

Source: Drugs.com Ergocalciferol (www.drugs.com/mtm/ergocalciferol.html).