Ostoforte is tablet consisting of vitamin D12, which is known medically as ergocalciferol. We carry the generic alternative of this medication in 50000iu.
The most common uses of Ostoforte include hypoparathyroidism, rickets, and hypophosphatemia. Hypoparathyroidism is an uncommon disorder where the body is not capable of producing (enough) parathyroid hormones. This hormone, along with vitamin D and calcitonin (another hormone), help regulate the amount of calcium in the blood. If this goes untreated, it can cause hypocalcemia (an abnormally low level of calcium in the blood). This may result in muscle cramps or rightness, tingling of the lips or fingers, and rarely, seizures may occur. Rickets are when bones become soft and weak due to a deficiency in calcium, vitamin D, or phosphate. People with rickets may also have stunted bone growth and in some cases, skeletal deformities. Hypophosphatemia is one of the causes of rickets; hypophosphatemia is a phosphate deficiency, which means there are abnormally low levels of phosphate in the blood. This condition may cause on to feel weak, with troubles breathing and a loss of appetite. Complications such as seizures, coma, or rhabdomyolysis.
All of these conditions can be treated with Ostoforte/vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) because vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium from the sun, and all these conditions stem from a lack of calcium.
Ensure you follow directions given to you by your doctor very carefully. Use only your doctors recommended doses.
It is best to take this drug with a meal, but if you would prefer, you may take it without food.
Take this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. Take the tablet at the same time every day to create a routine and ensure you do not miss a dose.
Do not use Ostoforte (ergocalciferol)
If you have ever had an allergic reaction to vitamin D, if you have high levels of calcium or vitamin D in your body, or if you have any condition that makes it hard to absorb nutrients from food; you should not use this medication. Consult your doctor for an alternative medication.
This medication should not be given to a child without the approval of a doctor.
Dose adjustment or special precautions may be required
To ensure this medication is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had heart disease, kidney disease, or an electrolyte imbalance.
If you are breast feeding, you may need a dose adjustment. Too much vitamin D can be harmful to an unborn baby. Consult your doctor if you are pregnant.
Use only the recommended dose given by your doctor. An overdose on this drug can be fatal.
This form of ergocalciferol may or may not contain ingredients such as peanuts or certain food dyes that may cause allergic reactions in some; consult your doctor before using this medication and go over all drug allergies you may have.
This drug can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding on Ostoforte.’
Common side effects of Ostoforte (ergocalciferol) may include:
stomach pain, acid reflux, constipation, or diarrhea.
The above side effects should not alarm you.
Serious side effects of Ostoforte (ergocalciferol) may include:
chest pain, feeling short of breath, or growth problems (in children).
If you have any of the above side effects, contact your doctor right away.
Contact your doctor if you notice early signs of…
a vitamin D overdose: weakness, metallic taste in your mouth, weight loss, muscle or bone pain, constipation, nausea, and vomiting.
What should I avoid if I am using this product?
Avoid sharing this medication will other people. This applies to people who share the same condition as you.
Does it have any medication interactions?
Yes. Diuretics/“water pills” and mineral oil can interact with this drug.
This is not a complete list of drug interactions.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Take the miss dose as soon as you remember or skip it if your next dose is approaching soon. Do not double up on dosages.
What is the best way to store this medication?
Store in room temperature away from moisture, heat and light. Keep away from children and pets.
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