|Type of medicine||A type of vitamin D|
|Used for||Low calcium levels in the blood due to problems with the parathyroid gland|
|Also called||AT 10®|
|Available as||Oral solution|
Dihydrotachysterol is a form of vitamin D. Vitamin D is necessary for healthy bones and muscles because it helps absorb calcium from what you eat, and calcium is needed for healthy, strong bones.
Vitamin D is made in your body when your skin is exposed to sunlight. You can also get vitamin D from your diet by eating foods rich in vitamin D, such as oily fish (sardine, herring, salmon and tuna), liver, dairy products and eggs.
Dihydrotachysterol is used to treat low levels of calcium caused by problems with the parathyroid gland. The parathyroid gland helps to balance the amount of calcium in the blood. If it is not working properly there may be low blood levels of calcium which result in softening of the bones.
Before taking dihydrotachysterol
Before taking dihydrotachysterol make sure your doctor or pharmacist knows:
- If you are pregnant, trying for a baby or breast-feeding.
- If you are allergic to nuts (including peanuts) or soya.
- If you have sarcoidosis (a disease resulting from inflammation).
- If you are taking other medicines, including those available to buy without a prescription, herbal or complementary medicines.
- If you have ever had an allergic reaction to this or any other medicine.
How to take dihydrotachysterol
- Before beginning treatment, read the manufacturer's printed information leaflet.
- Take dihydrotachysterol solution exactly as directed by your doctor. You will be told how much to take and which days to take it on.
Getting the most from your treatment
- Keep your regular doctor's appointment so your progress can be monitored. You may need to have regular blood tests while you are taking this medicine to make sure the dose you are taking is correct for you.
Can dihydrotachysterol cause problems?
This medicine is unlikely to cause any side-effects. If, however, you experience any worrying symptoms which you think may be due to this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Important: if you experience the following symptoms while you are taking this medicine make an appointment to see your doctor as soon as possible to have your dose checked: loss of appetite, weakness, feeling sick, being sick, diarrhoea or constipation, weight loss, a need to urinate more often, sweating, headache, thirstiness or dizziness.
How to store dihydrotachysterol
- Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children.
- Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct heat and light.
Important information about all medicines
Further reading & references
- British National Formulary; 59th Edition (March 2010) British Medical Association and Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, London.
|Original Author: Helen Allen||Current Version: Helen Allen|
|Last Checked: 21/10/2010||Document ID: 3635 Version: 22||© EMIS|
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