Calcijex Solution

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Calcijex Solution

Generic Name: Calcitriol Injection Solution (kal-si-TRYE-ole)
Brand Name: Calcijex

Calcijex Solution is used for:

Treating low calcium levels in the blood of patients undergoing chronic kidney dialysis. It may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Calcijex Solution is a form of vitamin D. It works by promoting proper absorption and use of calcium and phosphate by the body in normal bone development and maintenance.

Do NOT use Calcijex Solution if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Calcijex Solution
  • you have high levels of vitamin D or calcium in the blood

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Calcijex Solution:

Some medical conditions may interact with Calcijex Solution. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have kidney, heart, or blood vessel disease, or a high phosphate level in the blood

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Calcijex Solution. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Verapamil because its effectiveness may be decreased by Calcijex Solution

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Calcijex Solution may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Calcijex Solution:

Use Calcijex Solution as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Calcijex Solution is usually administered as an injection at your doctor"s office, hospital, or clinic. If you are using Calcijex Solution at home, carefully follow the injection procedures taught to you by your health care provider. Ask any questions that you may have about Calcijex Solution or giving injections.
  • If Calcijex Solution contains particles or is discolored, or if the vial is cracked or damaged in any way, do not use it.
  • Keep this product, as well as syringes and needles, out of the reach of children. Do not reuse needles, syringes, or other materials. Dispose of properly after use. Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist to explain local regulations for proper disposal.
  • If you miss a dose of Calcijex Solution and you are using 1 dose every other day, use the missed dose if you remember the same day. If you do not remember the dose until the next day, use the missed dose, and then skip a day. Return to your every other day schedule.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Calcijex Solution.

Important safety information:

  • Calcijex Solution may cause drowsiness. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how you react to Calcijex Solution. Using Calcijex Solution alone, with certain other medicines, or with alcohol may lessen your ability to drive or to perform other potentially dangerous tasks.
  • Carefully follow the diet plan provided by your doctor.
  • Check with your doctor before taking any vitamins or mineral supplements containing vitamin D or calcium, or antacids containing calcium, magnesium, or phosphorus.
  • LAB TESTS, including calcium and phosphate levels, may be required while you are taking this medicine. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Use Calcijex Solution with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Calcijex Solution during pregnancy. It is unknown if Calcijex Solution is excreted in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Calcijex Solution.

Possible side effects of Calcijex Solution:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. When used in small doses, no COMMON side effects have been reported with this product. Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); bizarre behavior; bone pain; constipation; decreased sex drive; diarrhea; drowsiness; dry mouth; eye redness or irritation; flushing; frequent urination; headache; increased body temperature; increased thirst; irregular heartbeat; itching; loss of appetite; mental or mood changes; metallic taste; muscle pain; nausea; pain, redness, or swelling at the injection site; runny nose; sensitivity to sunlight; severe stomach pain; unusual thinking; vomiting; weakness; weight loss.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Calcijex Solution:

Store Calcijex Solution as directed on the prescription label. Keep Calcijex Solution out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Calcijex Solution, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Calcijex Solution is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Calcijex Solution. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: November 1, 2006
Database Edition
Copyright © 2006 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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