Colecalciferol is a vitamin D supplement. It is prescribed if you have low vitamin D levels. Vitamin D is important for the absorption of calcium from your stomach and for the functioning of calcium in your body.
- A mild lack of vitamin D may not cause symptoms, but it can cause general aches and pains.
- An ongoing lack of vitamin D can increase your risk of weak, brittle bones and osteoporosis.
Colecalciferol works by helping your body absorb more calcium from your diet.
In New Zealand, colecalciferol is available as soft gelatin capsules (1.25 milligrams) and as a liquid.
Note: Colecalciferol is also available as a smaller dose in combination with alendronate, and is called Fosamax Plus or Alendronic Acid/Colecalciferol tablets. These tablets are taken once weekly for osteoporosis. Read more about these medicines.