This page contains brief details about the drug , it's indication, dosage & administaration, mechanism of action, related brands with strength, warnings and common side effects.

Background and Date of Approval

The U.S. FDA-approved Cholecalciferol for Vitamin D deficiency. Cholecalciferol belongs to the medication class known as vitamin D analogs. 

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Cholecalciferol (vitamin D3) regulates calcium and phosphate levels, promoting bone health. It aids in the absorption of these minerals and supports bone mineralization.

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Cholecalciferol is used to prevent and treat Vitamin D deficiency. It is also used to treat certain bone conditions, including osteoporosis (thinning of the bone) when given with other medicines. 

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Take the Cholecalciferol as your physician advises. Usually, the tablets will be taken with or without food. Do not crush, chew, or open the medicine. Your physician will decide the correct dosage and duration based on age, body weight, and disease condition. Only stop taking the tablet if your doctor advises you to stop.

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Do not consume Cholecalciferol if you are allergic to Cholecalciferol or any of its ingredients. Avoid consuming this medicine if you have high levels of vitamin D ( (hypervitaminosis D), or calcium (hypercalcemia) or high urine levels of calcium (hypercalciuria) in your blood and if you have kidney stones or have serious kidney problems.  Extra vitamin D should not be taken without your doctor's supervision, as it can harm your baby. Due to their high strength, Colecalciferol 20,000 IU capsules are not recommended during pregnancy and breastfeeding.


Before taking Colecalciferol, notify your doctor if you have kidney damage, are receiving treatment for heart disease, have sarcoidosis, or are already taking additional calcium or vitamin D doses. Your doctor will monitor the blood or blood calcium levels during the treatment.  This medicine should be used cautiously in kidney patients. Before starting the treatment, inform your doctor about pre-existing kidney conditions. Notifying your doctor if you are pregnant and breastfeeding before taking this medicine. 

Side Effects

Serious side effects while taking Cholecalciferol are swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat, difficulty swallowing, hives, and difficulty breathing. 

Word Of Advice

Kidney patients should take Cholecalciferol cautiously and inform their doctor about all the underlying medical conditions. Do not stop the medicine until your doctor advises. Do not double-dose the medicine to make up for a forgotten dose. Notify your doctor if you experience any serious side effects. Your medical professional will inform you if you need any dose adjustments. Contact your doctor for more information.

Frequently Asked Question


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The drug information on this page is not a substitute for medical advice. It is meant for educational purposes only. For further details, consult your doctor about your medical condition to know if you are eligible to receive this treatment.