|Brand Name:||DM Pharma|
|Composition:||Alfacalcidol 0.25 mg + Calcium Carbonate 625 mg + Betacarotene usp 2500 iu (10% dispersion)|
Alfacalcidol, Calcium Carbonate and Betacarotene Tablets for Healthy Bones
Alfacalcidol – Alfacalcidol is used as a supplement to treat deficiency of Vitamin D associated with conditions such as hypocalcemia (decreased blood calcium levels), rickets (weakening of bones), etc. It is also used to treat calcium metabolism disturbances (deficiency and elevation of calcium levels in the bones and/or blood) caused due to diseases of the kidneys and the parathyroid gland. Alfacalcidol has significant effects on the immune system. It is considered to be a more useful form of vitamin D supplementation, mostly due to a much longer half-life and lower kidney load. It is the most commonly prescribed vitamin D metabolite for patients with end-stage renal disease, given that impaired renal function alters the ability to carry out the second hydroxylation step required for the formation of the physiologically active form of vitamin D, 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3. Alfacalcidol is an active vitamin D3 metabolite, and therefore does not require the second hydroxylation step in the kidney.
Calcium Carbonate – Calcium Carbonate is the carbonic salt of calcium (CaCO3). Calcium carbonate is a dietary supplement used when the amount of calcium taken in the diet is not enough. It may be used to treat conditions caused by low calcium levels such as bone loss (osteoporosis), weak bones (osteomalacia/rickets), decreased activity of the parathyroid gland (hypoparathyroidism), and certain muscle disease (latent tetany) Calcium is needed by the body for healthy bones, muscles, nervous system, and heart. Calcium carbonate also is used as an antacid to relieve heartburn, acid indigestion, and upset stomach.
Beta-Carotene – Beta-Carotene is one of a group of red, orange, and yellow pigments called carotenoids abundant in plants and fruits. Beta-carotene can be found in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Beta-carotene is the best-known provitamin A carotenoid. It is used in malnourished (underfed) women to reduce the chance of death and night blindness during pregnancy, as well as diarrhea and fever after giving birth. Beta-carotene is also used to decrease asthma symptoms caused by exercise; to prevent certain cancers, heart disease, cataracts, and age related macular degeneration (AMD); and to treat AIDS, alcoholism, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, epilepsy, headache, heartburn, high blood pressure, infertility, Parkinson’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, schizophrenia, and skin disorders including psoriasis and vitiligo.
MECHANISM OF ACTION: Afidol-BC tablets, a combination of Alfacalcidol, Calcium Carbonate and Beta-carotene is a dietary supplement that treats Vitamin-D and Calcium deficiency. Alfacalcidol works by increasing the amount of vitamin D in your body. Calcium Carbonate improves the calcium levels in the body. Beta-Carotene works by enhancing calcium absorption in bones.
SIDE EFFECTS: Some of the common side effects caused alfacalcidol, calcium carbonate and beta-carotene are:
As directed by the physician.
Store in a cool, dry and dark place. Keep the medicine out of reach of children.
Note – The Database is still under development and may contain inaccuracies. It is not intended as a substitute for the expertise and judgement of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. Consult with your medical practitioner before taking any medication.