The cholecalciferol is a form of vitamin D that is used to treat or prevent a number of problems related to a lack of this nutrient, in the specific conditions that affect the bones and skin.
What is cholecalciferol?
Cholecalciferol works by increasing the levels of vitamin D in the body. Facilitates the absorption of calcium in the digestive system and regulates its functions in the body.
How is cholecalciferol taken?
Cholecalciferol is administered orally. There are different formulations, from tablets to solutions.
Side effects of cholecalciferol
It is essential to notify your doctor immediately if taking cholecalciferol is linked to:
- breathing problems
- feeling of tightness or chest pain
- swelling of the mouth, face, lips or tongue
- reasoning problems
- changes in behavior
- urination more often or abundantly than normal
- shortness of breath
- early symptoms of vitamin D intoxication (weakness, metallic taste in the mouth, weight loss, muscle or bone pain, constipation, nausea and vomiting)
Contraindications and warnings
The intake of cholecalciferol is not indicated in the presence of high calcium or vitamin D in the blood or of nutrient absorption disorders.
It is also best not to take other vitamins or supplements without consulting your doctor first.
Before taking it, it is always better to warn the doctor:
- allergies to medicines, other substances or foods (specifically vitamin D)
- of medications, herbal medicines and supplements taken
- if you suffer (or have suffered) from high calcium or vitamin D blood levels, malabsorption, heart disease, kidney disease or disturbances in electrolyte levels
- if you are pregnant or breastfeeding