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What should I know about doxercalciferol before taking it?

Stacy Wiegman, PharmD
Pharmacy Specialist

Doxercalciferol may cause drowsiness or dizziness, so you should not drive or participate in dangerous activities until you know how you will react to the medication. Taking more than the prescribed amount of doxercalciferol can cause hypercalcemia, which can trigger cardiac arrhythmia, seizures, and tissue calcification. Severe hypercalcemia may require medical attention. You must tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding, pregnant, or plan to become pregnant before taking Doxercalciferol.

Doxercalciferol is classified a pregnancy category B drug, meaning animal studies do not indicate a risk to a fetus from the medication, but there are inadequate studies on risks to human fetuse. For this reason, doxercalciferol should only be used during pregnancy if clearly necessary. Doxercalciferol does pass through a mother's breast milk, which may harm the baby. You should not take this drug if you have an allergy to any of its ingredients, or if you have high calcium, phosphate, or vitamin D levels in your blood. You may not be able to take doxercalciferol if you have liver disease, or heart problems.

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