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Calcitriol

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By mouth

Treats low calcium. This medicine is a form of vitamin D… Read more

Brand names include: Rocaltrol

By injection

Treats low calcium. This medicine is a form of vitamin D… Read more

Brand names include: Calcitriol NovaPlus

On the skin

Treats psoriasis. This medicine is a form of vitamin D… Read more

Brand names include: Vectical

Drug classes About this
Antipsoriatic, Nutritive Agent

What works? Research summarized

Evidence reviews

Efficacy and safety of tacalcitol and calcitriol on vitiligo: a systematic review

Bibliographic details: Wu Y, Liu Y B, Liu J L, Dong G H, Xu Y Y, Li Y H, Gao X H, Chen H D.  Efficacy and safety of tacalcitol and calcitriol on vitiligo: a systematic review. Chinese Journal of Evidence-Based Medicine 2009; 9(6): 681-689

Vitamin D and related vitamin D compounds for preventing fractures resulting from osteoporosis in older people

Hip fractures and several other types of fractures are very common in post‐menopausal women and older men due to age‐related weakening of their bones (osteoporosis).

Vitamin D supplementation for prevention of mortality in adults

To assess the beneficial and harmful effects of vitamin D for prevention of mortality in healthy adults and adults in a stable phase of disease.

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Vitamin D and related vitamin D compounds for preventing fractures resulting from osteoporosis in older people

Hip fractures and several other types of fractures are very common in post‐menopausal women and older men due to age‐related weakening of their bones (osteoporosis).

Vitamin D supplementation for prevention of mortality in adults

To assess the beneficial and harmful effects of vitamin D for prevention of mortality in healthy adults and adults in a stable phase of disease.

The use of regular vitamin D preparations for children and adults with cystic fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis with pancreatic insufficiency can mean that fat‐soluble vitamins, such as vitamin D, are poorly absorbed. This can lead to vitamin deficiencies. Lack of vitamin D (vitamin D deficiency) can cause specific problems such as bone deformity and bone fractures. It may also be associated with poorer general and respiratory health. Therefore, people with cystic fibrosis are usually given regular vitamin D preparations from a very young age. However, excess vitamin D can also cause respiratory problems and problems with high calcium levels. The review contains six studies, however we could only analyse data from three of these studies. Three studies were only published as conference abstracts.

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