Calcitriol is one of the most important active metabolites of vitamin D3. It is normally formed in the kidneys from its precursor, 25-hydroxycholecalciferol. Calcitriol promotes intestinal absorption of calcium and regulates bone mineralization. The pharmacological effect of a single dose of Calcitriol lasts about 3-5 days.The key role of calcitriol is the regulation of calcium homeostasis, which includes stimulation effects on osteoblastic activity in the skeleton.
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Intravenous: Hypocalcaemia: For patients undergoing chronic renal dialysis: 1 mcg (0.02 mcg/kg) to 2 mcg 3 times wkly, approx every other day. If no satisfactory response observed, increase by 0.5-1 mcg at 2-4 wk intervals. Individualise and commensurate incremental dosing with PTH, serum Ca and phosphorus levels.
Oral: Postmenopausal osteoporosis: 0.25 mcg bid.
Oral: Renal osteodystrophy: For correction of Ca and phosphorus metabolism abnormalities: Initially, 0.25 mcg daily. Patient with normal or slightly reduced Ca levels: 0.25 mcg every other day. If no response w/in 2-4 wk, increase daily dose by 0.25 mcg at 2-4 wk intervals. Immediately stop treatment if serum Ca levels rise to 1 mg/100 mL (250 μmol/L) above normal (9-11 mg/100 mL or 2,250-2,750 μmol/L), or serum creatinine rises to >120 μmol/L.