Without a Prescription

Before regular vitamin D can be used by the body, it needs to be changed to the active form by the liver and kidneys.
Most people get enough vitamin D from exposure to the sun and from fortified food products (dairy products, vitamins).
Paricalcitol helps your body maintain the right amount of calcium and phosphorus for healthy bones and teeth.
Paricalcitol is a man made form of vitamin D.
Paricalcitol is a man-made active form of vitamin D, which is needed for building and keeping strong bones.
Paricalcitol is prescribed in patients with chronic renal failure.
Paricalcitol is prescribed in patients with long-term kidney disease to treat or prevent high levels of a certain natural substance made by the body (parathyroid hormone).
People with kidney disease cannot make enough of the active form of vitamin D.
Too much parathyroid hormone can cause serious problems such as bone disorders.
Vitamin D helps control parathyroid hormone and the levels of certain minerals (calcium, phosphorus) that are needed for building and keeping strong bones.

Side Effects

Paricalcitol side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- Agitation;
- allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue;
- Bloody/tarry stool;
- bone, muscle pain;
- breathing problems;
- chest pain, irregular heartbeat;
- Chills;
- Confusion;
- constipation, diarrhea;
- Constipation;
- Dizziness;
- Drowsiness;
- dry mouth;
- Easy bleeding/bruising;
- Eye pain/redness/sensitivity to light;
- Fast/irregular/pounding heartbeat;
- fever, infection;
- Fever;
- hallucinations;
- Headache;
- increased need to urinate;
- increased thirst;
- Itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat);
- Loss of appetite;
- Metallic taste in mouth;
- metallic taste;
- Muscle/bone/joint pain;
- nausea, vomiting;
- Nausea;
- numb, tingling pain;
- Rash;
- Severe dizziness;
- Severe mental/mood changes;
- Severe runny nose;
- stomach upset;
- Stomach/abdominal pain;
- Swelling hands/ankles/feet;
- Trouble breathing;
- trouble sleeping;
- unexpected weight loss;
- unusual blood pressure;
- Unusual weight loss;
- unusually weak or tired;
- Vomit that looks like coffee grounds;
- Vomiting;
- Weakness;


Paricalcitol is contraindicated if you have any of the following conditions:
- an unusual or allergic reaction to paricalcitol, vitamin d, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives;
- breast-feeding;
- liver disease;
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant;
- too much calcium, phosphorus, or vitamin d in your blood;
- if you are allergic to other vitamin d products;
- if you are allergic to paricalcitol;
- if you have any other allergies;
- if you have brain problems (seizures, brain injury);
- if you have heart problems (arrhythmias, coronary artery disease);
- if you have high levels of calcium (hypercalcemia);
- if you have high levels of vitamin d (hypervitaminosis d);
- if you have liver disease;
- if you have regular use/abuse of alcohol;


Do not take Paricalcitol with any of the following drugs:
- Alprazolam;
- Amitriptyline;
- Anti-seizure drugs (carbamazepine);
- Azole antifungals;
- Calcium supplements;
- Certain antacids;
- certain antibiotics like clarithromycin, telithromycin;
- Certain antihistamines (diphenhydramine);
- certain medicines for seizures like phenobarbital;
- Chlorpromazine;
- Corticosteroids (prednisone);
- Diazepam;
- Digoxin;
- diuretics;
- Drugs affecting liver enzymes that remove paricalcitol from your body;
- Ergocalciferol;
- grapefruit juice;
- Itraconazole/ketoconazole/voriconazole;
- Macrolide antibiotics such as clarithromycin;
- Medicine for sleep or anxiety;
- medicines for cholesterol like cholestyramine, colestipol;
- medicines for fungal infections like ketoconazole and itraconazole;
- medicines for hiv called protease inhibitors;
- Muscle relaxants;
- Narcotic pain relievers (codeine);
- Nefazodone;
- Other products that contain vitamin D or phosphate;
- Phosphate binders;
- Products that contain aluminum/magnesium;
- Protease inhibitors such as atazanavir/indinavir/nelfinavir/ritonavir/saquinavir;
- Psychiatric medicines;
- Risperidone;
- Sodium phosphate;
- some antacids and vitamins;
- Telithromycin;
- Thiazide diuretics (hydrochlorothiazide);
- Trazodone;
- vitamin d;
- Zolpidem;
Without Prescription (2017)