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This medication is indicated in post-menopausal women with osteoporosis (bone disorder in which bones become weak) to prevent fractures in them.
Patients using this medication may at times experience oesophageal ulcers, abdominal pain, and dyspepsia (indigestion). If you experience any of these symptoms for a long period of time, consult your doctor immediately.
This medication is not recommended in patients with kidney impairment (GFR<35 mL/min).
This medicine should not be taken with food.

This medicine is used to treat the following:

Oral Form: Vitamin D deficiency due to decreased formation, malabsorption or liver disease, Hypocalcemia (decreased calcium levels) due to decreased parathyroid gland activity, or renal osteodystrophy (kidney) disease or disorder.  

Injection Form: Vitamin D deficiency due to rickets (weak bones in children), osteomalacia (softening of bones), spasmophilia (impaired calcium utilization), Paget's disease (bone disease), osteoporomalacia (bone abnormality), and Fanconi syndrome (kidney disorder characterized by excretion of a substance in urine normally absorbed).

The patients administered with this medicine may experience anorexia, diarrhea, sweating, increased thirst, raised calcium and phosphate levels, and urinary changes.

The patients with severe disorders related to calcium disturbances, Vitamin-D disorders, parathyroid gland-related disorders, and renal (kidney) impairment should avoid the use of this medicine.

  1. How much cholecalciferol can I take in a day?

The oral dosage form (solution) for adults is usually one drop containing 1000 international units (IU) once a day or twice a day. For infants and children one drop containing 400 IU once a day is recommended. However, please consult your doctor


  1. How long does vitamin d3 cholecalciferol stay in your system?

The active form of vitamin D, Calcitriol (1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3), has a half-life of about 15 hours, while calcidiol (25-hydroxyvitamin D3) has a half-life of approximately 15 days.


  1. Should I take Cholecalciferol at night or day?

Vitamin D is also related to the sleep hormone, melatonin. We get most of our vitamin D naturally when exposed to the sun during the day. Therefore, it is better to take vitamin D supplements in the morning.


  1. Can cholecalciferol be taken with water?

Please take this medicine with a full glass of water, approximately 6-8 ounces, on an empty stomach. Preferably, take this in the morning as soon as you get up and 30 minutes before consumption of any food medicine, or beverage.


  1. What are the symptoms of low vitamin D?

Some common symptoms include:

  • Fatigue
  • Bone pain
  • Muscle weakness
  • Mood changes
This medicine should be taken with food.
  • Preferably take this medicine after meals.
  • Chew the chewable-tablets or wafers thoroughly before swallowing.
  • Please keep a gap of 2 hours or more for bile acid sequestrants such as cholestyramine, if you are taking any.
  • If you are taking other medications, please take this medicine at bedtime.
Vitamin D Analogue
You are strictly not allowed to lie down after taking the medicine, as this would urge the medicine towards the mouth and cause irritation and inflammation over there.
No, it is contraindicated during pregnancy.
Hair fall is a very common side effect of using this medicine, but make sure to bring this to your doctor’s notice when the situation exaggerates.
This drug might make you drowsy and lethargic for a while, so avoid doing activities that require a lot of energy.
Do check plasma levels of calcium and phosphate regularly. In long term treatment monitor serum and urinary calcium levels and renal function.
Yes, give a gap of 2 hours or more between doses of bile acid sequestrants such as orlistat or cholestyramine and mineral oil.
Contact your prescriber if there is nausea, vomiting, constipation, loss of appetite, increased urination, mental or mood changes.
Yes, this medication can interact with barbiturates, anticonvulsants, danazol, digitalis, thiazides and antacids.
For simple vitamin D deficiency in adults and children 10mcg (400) units daily should be used.
This medication should not be used in pregnancy.
This medication should not be used by lactating mothers.
This medication should be used with extreme caution in patients with upper GI disorders.
The effects are undetermined; therefore, caution is advised. Consult your health care provider before use of this medicine.
The effects are undetermined; therefore, caution is advised. Consult your health care provider before use of this medicine.
Please avoid consuming alcohol when taking this medicine.
Please check calcium and phosphate levels, and renal (kidney) function periodically.  The patients with osteoporosis (bone disorder) due to immobilization and cardiac (heart) disorders should be cautious.


Dawaai's intention is to make sure that it's consumers get information that is accurate, reviewed by an expert and error-free. However, the information mentioned here should not be used as a replacement for the advice of a qualified physician. The information given here is for informational purposes only, which may not cover all possible precautions, side effects, contraindications or drug interactions. Consult your doctor and discuss your queries related to any medicine or disease.


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