Alfacip is used to treat osteoporosis, bone loss due to age, steroid or other medication use. Osteoporosis means “porous bones,” and it causes bones to become weak and brittle. Sometimes they become so brittle that even mild stresses can result in fractures. This is caused by low levels of calcium and other important minerals in your bones. Alfacip comes in soft gel capsules and contains both calcium and vitamin D. Vitamin D is necessary to help with calcium absorption, so that your bones receive more of the calcium that you ingest. In most cases, treatment with Alfacip can restore calcium levels to their proper place and reduce the chance for breakage and fractures.
Alfacip is used for other illnesses as well. It is a treatment of choice for those who are on dialysis, to replenish the vitamin D in the blood and make healthy calcium absorption possible. It can also be used to treat renal bone disease (a condition that happens when kidney problems interfere with calcium absorption), hypoparathroidism (a disorder that causes your body to produce too little of the parathyroid hormone, which is required for the absorption of calcium and phosphorus), osteomalacia (softening of the bones caused by a vitamin D deficiency), and rickets (which is a vitamin D deficiency often found in children).
There are some people who should not take Alfacip. If you have a history of kidney troubles, Alfacip may not be an appropriate choice for you. If you are taking digitalis for a heart condition, you should be closely monitored, as the combination may provoke irregularities in your heart rate. If you are on barbiturates or other anti-convulsants, you may have to take more Alfacip to get the desired result. People who take large amounts of antacids or laxatives, as well as diuretics, should be very careful taking Alfacip. In addition, excess vitamin D should be avoided, because it could increase side effects, and if you are sensitive to vitamin D, you should not take Alfacip.
Most of the side effects of Alfacip Plus have to do with a condition called hypercalcemia, which is the production of excess calcium. It may appear as malaise, which is a general feeling of not feeling well, tiredness, weakness, headache and dizziness, nausea and vomiting, dry mouth, constipation or diarrhea, abdominal or gastrointestinal pain such as heartburn, bone, muscle and joint pain, and heart palpitations. If you have hypercalcemia and are on dialysis, you may be getting too much calcium through your dialysis fluids.
No studies have been done on the safety of Alfacip for pregnant women, but in animal studies no harm has been shown to occur to the fetus. Even so, extreme caution should be used in prescribing Afacip to anyone who is pregnant, and it should only be used if no better alternatives are available. It is also likely that Alfacip will be found in breast milk, and may therefore have negative effects on calcium metabolism in the infant. If a nursing mother requires Alfacip, she should consider discontinuing breastfeeding.
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