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Paricalcitol is used to treat and prevent high levels of a certain natural substance made by the body (parathyroid hormone) in patients with long-term kidney disease. In these patients, the high level of parathyroid hormone is caused by a low level of calcium and a certain kind of vitamin D. Too much parathyroid hormone can cause serious problems such as bone disorders. Paricalcitol is a man-made form of vitamin D. It helps to reduce parathyroid hormone levels and may help your body absorb calcium and phosphorus.
Endocrine Disorders


Frequently Asked Questions

Take this medication by mouth with or without food, usually once daily or 3 times a week or as directed by your doctor. If you are taking this medication 3 times a week, do not take it more often than every other day.Dosage is based on your medical condition, laboratory tests, and response to treatment.Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day. If you are taking this medication on a schedule other than every day (such as 3 times a week), it may help to mark your calendar with a reminder.It is very important to follow the diet recommended by your doctor to get the most benefit from this medication and to prevent serious side effects. Do not take other supplements/vitamins (such as calcium, vitamin D) unless ordered by your doctor.

Similar Drugs

Brand Name Examples Supplied As Strength
Zemplar Capsule 1 Mcg2 Mcg
Generic Examples Supplied As Strength
Paricalcitol Capsule 4 Mcg1 Mcg2 Mcg
Vial 5 Mcg/Ml2 Mcg/Ml

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