contains the active ingredient calcitriol
Consumer Medicine Information
What is in this leaflet
This leaflet answers some common questions about Rocaltrol capsules.
It does not contain all the available information.
It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you taking
Rocaltrol capsules against the benefits they expect it will have for you.
If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep this leaflet with the medicine.
You may need to read it again.
What Rocaltrol is used for
Rocaltrol is used to treat people with osteoporosis and to prevent osteoporosis in
people taking oral corticosteroids.
Rocaltrol capsules are also prescribed by doctors for the treatment of low blood calcium
in patients with osteodystrophy (a form of bone disease), hypoparathyroidism (reduced
function of the parathyroid glands) and rickets.
Rocaltrol works by improving absorption of calcium from the intestine and by stimulating
growth of healthy bones.
Rocaltrol contains calcitriol which occurs naturally in humans and is a biologically
active form of vitamin D.
There are many different types of medicines used to treat bone conditions. Rocaltrol
belongs to a group of medicines known as vitamin D compounds.
Your doctor, may have prescribed Rocaltrol for another purpose.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions why Rocaltrol has been prescribed for you.
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.
Rocaltrol is not addictive.
Before you take Rocaltrol
When you must not take it
Do not take Rocaltrol if:
1. you have had an allergic reaction to Rocaltrol, calcitriol, other Vitamin D compounds,
or any ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet
2. you have high levels of calcium in your blood (called hypercalcaemia)
3. you have vitamin D toxicity
4. you are breast-feeding or intend to breast-feed
Rocaltrol may pass into breast milk and have unwanted effects in the baby.
Do not take Rocaltrol if the package is torn or shows signs of tampering.
Do not take Rocaltrol if the expiry date (EXP) printed on the pack has passed.
If you take this medicine after the expiry date has passed, it may not work as well.
If you are not sure if you should be taking Rocaltrol, talk to your doctor.
Before you start to take it
You must tell your doctor if:
1. you are allergic to any other medicines, foods, dyes or preservatives
2. you have any other health problems including:
3. you are pregnant or intend to become pregnant
Your doctor will discuss the risks and benefits of taking Rocaltrol when pregnant.
If you have not told your doctor about any of the above, tell them before you take
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines including any that you have
bought from a pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
Some medicines may interfere with Rocaltrol. These medicines include:
medicines or vitamin tablets containing vitamin D or calcium
cholestyramine, medicine used to lower cholesterol levels in the blood
sevelamer, a medicine used to lower phosphorus levels in your body
antacids containing magnesium
digoxin, medicine used to treat heart conditions
thiazide diuretics, medicines used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure) and
oedema (water retention)
phenytoin and phenobarbital. medicines used to control epilepsy and/or seizures.
These medicines may be affected by Rocaltrol, or may affect how well it works. You
may need to take different amounts of your medicine, or you may need to take different
medicines. Your doctor will advise you.
Your doctor or pharmacist has more information on medicines to be careful with or
avoid while taking Rocaltrol.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure about this list of medicines.
How to take Rocaltrol
How much to take
Your doctor will tell you how many Rocaltrol capsules to take each day. This will
vary depending on the nature of your illness, the calcium level in your blood and
your individual response to Rocaltrol.
Your doctor will need to make regular measurements of the calcium level in your blood
while you are taking Rocaltrol.
Generally the daily dose for adults is 0.25 micrograms (one capsule) taken twice daily.
Osteodystrophy, hypoparathyroidism and rickets
Generally the initial daily dose for adults is 0.25 micrograms (one capsule) given
in the morning. If calcium levels have not improved significantly after 2 to 4 weeks
treatment with Rocaltrol, your doctor may gradually increase the dose in 0.25 microgram
steps until a satisfactory calcium level in your blood is achieved.
The safety and efficacy of Rocaltrol capsules in children has not been sufficiently
investigated to enable dosing recommendations.
How to take it
Swallow capsules whole with a glass of water.
Do not open the capsules and do not take any capsules that are damaged.
When to take it
Rocaltrol can be taken with or without food.
How long to take Rocaltrol
Rocaltrol is usually taken continuously for long term treatment.
Always tell your doctor if you want to stop taking Rocaltrol as stopping suddenly
can lead to a rapid fall in calcium levels.
If you forget to take Rocaltrol
Do not take an extra dose. Wait until the next dose and take your normal dose then.
Do not take a double a dose to make up for one you have missed.
In case of an overdose
If you think that you or anyone else may have taken too much Rocaltrol, immediately
telephone your doctor, or Poisons Information Centre (telephone 13 11 26), or go to
Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital. Do this even if there are no signs
of discomfort or poisoning. You may need urgent medical attention.
Keep telephone numbers for these places handy.
The following are some symptoms which may or may not occur:
loss of appetite
If you are not sure what to do, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
While you are taking Rocaltrol
Things you must do
Tell all doctors, dentists and pharmacists who are treating you that you are taking
Do not take any other medicines whether they require a prescription or not without
first telling your doctor.
Tell your doctor if you become pregnant while taking Rocaltrol.
Tell your doctor if, for any reason, you have not taken your medicine exactly as prescribed.
Otherwise, your doctor may think that it was not effective and change your treatment
Tell your doctor if you feel the capsules are not helping your condition.
Be sure to keep all of your appointments with your doctor so that your progress can
Always discuss with your doctor any problems or difficulties during or after taking
Rocaltrol and Diet
You should discuss your diet with your doctor and adhere strictly to your dietary
Sudden changes in diet, particularly the amount of dairy products, may lead to increased
calcium in your blood. If this happens, you may experience weakness, feeling sick,
vomiting, constipation, confusion and increased urination.
Rocaltrol and Laboratory Tests
Make sure that you keep all blood test appointments with your doctor.
These are to check your blood calcium levels while you are taking Rocaltrol. Your
doctor will discuss your specific needs with you.
Things you must not do
Do not suddenly stop taking Rocaltrol or change the dose without first checking with
your doctor. Your doctor will tell you the best way to slowly reduce the amount of
Rocaltrol you are taking before stopping completely.
Do not let yourself run out of medicine over the weekend or on holidays.
Do not give Rocaltrol to anyone else even if their symptoms seem similar to yours.
Do not use Rocaltrol to treat other complaints unless your doctor says to.
Things to be careful of
Your ability to drive a car or operate machinery may be affected by medicines. Normally,
your ability to drive a car or operate machinery will not be affected by Rocaltrol.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you
are taking Rocaltrol.
Rocaltrol helps most people but it may have unwanted side effects in a few.
All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time
they are not. You may need medical treatment if you get some of the side effects.
Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following and they worry you:
loss of appetite
feeling tired, sleepy or drowsy
vomiting or stomach ache
weakness or muscle weakness
dry mouth or thirst
irregular and/or rapid heart beat
urinary tract infection
These are all symptoms of high levels of calcium in your blood. If you experience
any of these, tell your doctor immediately.
This is not a complete list of all possible side effects. Others may occur in some
people and there may be some side effects not yet known.
Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients:
rash, itching or hives on the skin
Tell your doctor if you notice anything else that is making you feel unwell.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you do not understand anything in this list.
Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects. You may not experience any
After taking Rocaltrol
Keep your capsules in the blister pack until it is time to take them.
If you take the capsules out of the blister pack they may not keep well.
Keep Rocaltrol in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 25°C.
Do not leave Rocaltrol in direct sunlight.
Do not store it, or any other medicine, in a bathroom or near a sink.
Do not leave it in the car or on window sills.
Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.
Keep Rocaltrol where young children cannot reach it.
A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place
to store medicines.
If your doctor tells you to stop taking Rocaltrol, or the capsule has passed its expiry
date, ask your pharmacist what to do with any capsules that are left over.
What Rocaltrol looks like
Rocaltrol 0.25 microgram capsules are oval with one half brown-orange to red-orange
opaque and the other half white to grey-yellow or grey-orange opaque.
Rocaltrol comes in a blister pack of 100 capsules.
Active ingredient - calcitriol
each Rocaltrol capsule contains 0.25 micrograms of calcitriol
Inactive ingredients -
butylated hydroxyanisole (320)
butylated hydroxytoluene (321)
medium chain triglycerides
and the colours titanium dioxide (171), iron oxide red (172) and iron oxide yellow
Rocaltrol does not contain sucrose, gluten, tartrazine or any other azo dyes.
Rocaltrol is distributed by:
Roche Products Pty Limited
ABN 70 000 132 865
Level 8, 30-34 Hickson Road
Sydney NSW 2000.
Medical enquiries: 1 800 233 950
Australian Registration Number
AUST R 92969
This leaflet was prepared on 27 June 2018