What is Fultium D3?
Fultium D3 is used for the prevention and treatment of Vitamin D deficiency in adults and children over 12 years of age. Fultium D3 contains the active ingredient cholecalciferol, also known as vitamin D3. Each capsule contains 800 IU cholecalciferol, which is the equivalent of 20 micrograms of vitamin D.
How does Fultium D3 work?
Fultium D3 contains the active ingredient cholecalciferol, also known as vitamin D. Vitamin D is normally obtained primarily from the sunlight acting on the skin. It is also available from a diet rich in oily fish and dairy products. A deficiency in vitamin D develop when there is inadequate exposure to sunlight, such as the elderly people who have reduced mobility or who are housebound, people who cover their skin when they go outdoors, or when there is lack of vitamin D in the diet.
Vitamin D is needed for the body to absorb calcium from the gut, and a vitamin D deficiency can lead to low calcium levels and the weakening of the bones. This condition is known as osteomalacia. Vitamin D supplements correct the deficiency in vitamin D and improve the absorption of calcium from the gut.
Vitamin D may be given in combination with calcium to treat osteomalacia and osteoporosis. Increasing vitamin D and calcium in the body will help strengthen the bones.
What are the benefits of taking Fultium D3?
The benefits of taking Fultium D3 include the prevention and treatment of vitamin D deficiency, which is responsible for the absorption of calcium from the gut. A low level of calcium will lead to the weakening of the bones, a condition known as osteomalacia. Fultium D3 provides the body with the needed vitamin D that helps the body absorb calcium from the gut and prevent both osteomalacia and osteoporosis.
How do I use Fultium D3?
Follow the instructions of your doctor on how to take Fultium D3, especially the number of capsules to take each day, which will depend on the severity of your vitamin D deficiency.
Swallow the capsule whole with a drink of water. Do not open, crush, or chew the capsule. You may take Fultium D with or without a meal. Fultium D is typically taken once a day, unless instructed otherwise by your doctor.
Fultium D3 dosage
The usual dose of Fultium D3 is one capsule taken daily, or as prescribed by your doctor, depending on the severity of your vitamin D deficiency.
Side effects & precautions
Medicines and their possible side effects affect individual users in different ways. Not everyone who uses Fultium D3 will experience the possible side effects.
The following are the uncommon side effects of Fultium D3:
- High calcium levels in the urine.
- High blood calcium level.
The following are the rare side effects of Fultium D3:
- Skin rash
If you experience any other side effects which you believe are associated with Fultium D3, report the same to your doctor.
Do not take any other vitamin D supplement or other products with calcium together with this medicine unless specifically prescribed by your doctor.
When Fultium D3 is prescribed for long-term treatment, people taking them should be monitored for the amount of calcium in their blood and urine. Check also the kidney functions regularly.
It is important that you see your doctor if you notice symptoms such as feeling sick, loss of appetite, pain in the stomach, constipation, feeling very thirsty, drowsiness or confusion, or weakness of the muscles while taking this medicine. You might be having symptoms of too much calcium in your blood.
Fultium D3 should be used with caution in the following:
- Those with mild or moderately decreased kidney function.
- People taking Digoxin or thiazide diuretics
- Those with kidney stones.
Fultium D3 should not be used in the following:
- Children under 12 years old
- People with a high level of calcium in their blood
- People with very high levels of calcium in the urine.
- People with kidney stones
- People with severely decreased kidney function.
- People with vitamin D poisoning.
- People with an allergy to peanuts or soya.
If you experience an allergic reaction to Fultium D3, stop taking the medicine and inform your doctor immediately.
Fultium D3 is safe to take during pregnancy for the treatment of an established vitamin D deficiency. It is essential that you let your doctor know that you are pregnant and for you to follow the instructions given by him for how many capsules of Fultium D 3 to take each day. You should not take any other vitamin D supplement in combination with Fultium D3.
Pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers who do not have an established vitamin D deficiency should not take this medicine. Pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers should take only vitamin D supplement containing 10 mcg of vitamin D to prevent vitamin D deficiency.
Vitamin D passes into breast milk. Fultium D3 is safe for breastfeeding mothers to take in order to treat established vitamin D deficiency. However, after prescribing high dose of vitamin D for a breastfeeding mother, the infant should be monitored for calcium levels.
It is important to share with your doctor a list of all the medications you are taking before you start taking Fultium D3. Similarly, do not stop or start taking another medication without informing your doctor.
You should not take calcium or vitamin D supplements in combination with this medicine, unless specifically ordered by your doctor.