Vitamin D2 Overview
Brand NAMES: Calcidol, Calciferol, Drisdol Generic Names: Vitamin D2 Uses: Increases the amount of vitamin D in your body. Also treats problems caused by not having enough calcium in the body (such as rickets).
What Form(S) Does Vitamin D2 Come In?
Liquid Filled Capsule
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What Are Common Vitamin D2 Doses?
Bottle 100 Tablets
Bottle 250 Tablets
How to Take Vitamin D2 Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to use. Oral routeYou may take this medicine with or without food. Follow the instructions on the medicine label if you are using this medicine without a prescription.
This medicine may either be mixed with foods such as cereal and fruit juice or dropped into the mouth. Take a dose as soon as you remember. Vitamin D2 Contraindications You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to vitamin D.
Vitamin D2 Warnings Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Make sure your doctor knows about all health problems that you have. Irregular heartbeat. Severe stomach pain.
Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using carbamazepine (Tegretol®), cholestyramine (Questran®), mineral oil, orlistat (Xenical®), phenobarbital (Luminal®, Solfoton®), or a diuretic or “water pill” (such as hydrochlorothiazide [HCTZ]). Irregular heartbeat. Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
by mouth as directed. Follow all directions on the product package. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Your dosage is based on your medical condition, amount of sun exposure, diet, age, and response to treatment. If you are taking the chewable tablet or wafers, chew the medication thoroughly before swallowing. Do not swallow whole wafers.
If you are taking the rapidly-dissolving tablets, dry your hands before handling the medication. Place each dose on the tongue, allow it to dissolve completely, and then swallow it with saliva or water. Certain medications (bile acid sequestrants such as cholestyramine/colestipol, mineral oil, orlistat) can decrease the absorption of vitamin D. Take your doses of these medications as far as possible from your doses of vitamin D (at least 2 hours apart, longer if possible).
Take this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. It may help to mark your calendar with a reminder.
What Is Ergocalciferol?
Ergocalciferol is vitamin D2.