Doxercalciferol regulates the parathyroid hormone that is unregulated with severe kidney disease. Do not take antacids containing magnesium while taking this medication.

Doxercalciferol Overview

Reviewed: October 2, 2013

Doxercalciferol is a prescription medication used to treat low levels of calcium in patients whose kidneys or parathyroid glands are not working normally. Doxercalciferol belongs to a group of drugs called vitamin D analogs. These work to increase the calcium levels in your body. It also lowers your parathyroid hormone levels.

Doxercalciferol comes in capsule form and is taken once a day or 3 times weekly, depending on your kidneys' function.

Doxercalciferol is also available in an injectable form to be given directly into a vein (IV) by a healthcare professional.

Common side effects of doxercalciferol include constipation, indigestion, and shortness of breath.

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  • Hyperparathyroidism

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Uses of Doxercalciferol

Doxercalciferol is a prescription medication to treat high levels of the parathyroid hormone (PTH) in patients with chronic kidney disease and are on dialysis.

Doxercalciferol is a prescription medication to treat high levels of PTH in patients with Stage 3 or Stage 4 chronic kidney disease.

This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Doxercalciferol Brand Names

Doxercalciferol may be found in some form under the following brand names:

Doxercalciferol Drug Class

Doxercalciferol is part of the drug class:

Side Effects of Doxercalciferol

Serious side effects have been reported with doxercalciferol.

Common side effects of doxercalciferol for patients not on dialysis include the following:

  • infection
  • chest pain
  • constipation
  • indigestion
  • anemia
  • dehydration
  • depression
  • muscle tension
  • sleeplessness
  • tingling sensation
  • increased cough
  • shortness of breath
  • runny nose

Common side effects of doxercalciferol for dialysis patients include the following:

  • headache
  • ill feeling
  • slow heartbeat
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • swelling
  • shortness of breath
  • itching

This is not a complete list of doxercalciferol side effects. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.