Ergocalciferol - Uses - Dosages - Side Effects - Precautions

Ergocalciferol: Frequently Asked Questions Answered

What Is Ergocalciferol?

Ergocalciferol is a Vitamin D2 or calciferol supplement that is a type of fat-soluble vitamin D that helps your body absorb calcium and phosphorus. It is found in our daily food items.

Vitamin D helps you keep an optimal level of calcium and phosphorus in your body and is readily available in daily food items. However, you might need a supplement as per your doctor’s instructions, and Ergocalciferol helps maintain the required amount of Vitamin D in your body.

What Are the Uses of Ergocalciferol?

There are several uses of Ergocalciferol that ensures that your body contains an adequate amount of Vitamin D that helps to absorb calcium and phosphorous:

  • Assists in the treatment of hypoparathyroidism, refractory rickets, and familial hypophosphatemia
  • It proves helpful in maintaining a sufficient amount of Vitamin D in your body
  • Beneficial for to-be and breast-feeding mothers as well as the babies
  • Works for small children in the form of drops or another supplement to maintain Vitamin D in their body
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What Are the Side Effects of Ergocalciferol?

There are several common and severe side effects of Ergocalciferol. You are likely to either experience no side effects or less severe ones.

  • Pain in chest or breathing issues
  • Weakness, muscle pain, and nausea
  • Vomiting, constipation, and different taste in the mouth
  • Weight loss and loss of appetite
  • Stiffness and drowsiness
  • Growth problems in children

Although the chances are less, we still recommend you to consult an expert before taking the supplement yourself or giving it to your children.


Frequently Asked Questions about Ergocalciferol

1. Is ergocalciferol a steroid?

Yes, Ergocalciferol is a steroid that belongs to the class of organic compounds of Vitamin D. As Vitamin D receptors are transcription factors and members of the steroid hormone nuclear receptor family, Ergocalciferol contains secosteroid backbone, usually secoergostane or secocholestane. Hence, the best advice would be to consult the doctor for its dosage amount and daily usage.

2. Is ergocalciferol vitamin d2 or d3?

Ergocalciferol is Vitamin D2. It is a highly effective supplement to prevent and treat Vitamin D deficiency and low blood calcium levels due to hypoparathyroidism. On the other hand, Cholecalciferol is another type of Vitamin D derivative, also known as Vitamin D3, a supplement used to maintain sufficient Vitamin D levels in the body.

3. Is ergocalciferol safe?

Yes, for everyone, taking Ergocalciferol is safe for intake. But you must remember to consume an adequate amount of calcium for the supplement to work effectively. We suggest that you ask an expert about the calcium-rich food you must intake daily to ensure Ergocalciferol works for you as it should.

4. What foods contain ergocalciferol?

As Ergocalciferol is a type of Vitamin D2, a derivative of Vitamin D, any food item that contains Vitamin D would work:

  • Dairy products, such as milk and ghee
  • Eggs, sardines, fatty fish, and Cod liver oil
  • Soy milk
  • Mushrooms
Other than these, daily food items contain a small amount of Vitamin D but not necessarily Ergocalciferol.

5. Is it better to take ergocalciferol every day?

The dosage of Ergocalciferol depends on your Vitamin D deficiency and doctor’s prescription. Additionally, age, diet, and exposure to the sun also impact your daily or weekly dosage of Ergocalciferol. Usually, one tablet a day before bedtime works for people. But once a week is also a viable option. Consult an expert.

6. How long does it take for ergocalciferol to work?

After you take the first dose of ergocalciferol, the effect of medicine starts to show approximately in 28 to 30 hours. But you need to ensure that your body has sufficient calcium that can be absorbed. If not, Ergocalciferol will not work for you and might show some side effects.

7. What is the best time to take ergocalciferol?

The best time to take Ergocalciferol is whenever the doctor has asked you to take it. Usually, medical consultants would ask you to take the supplement after a meal, but you can also take it without food. For tablets, take it once a day after dinner. For injection, ask an expert.

8. Is ergocalciferol used for osteoporosis?

Yes, ergocalciferol is used for osteoporosis. By definition, osteoporosis is a disease characterized by thinning of bones due to a lack of sufficient calcium. Calcium and ergocalciferol tablets are mineral and vitamin D supplements that usually help to treat such cases. The tablets improve bone strength and help to prevent bone thinning.

9. Are ergocalciferol and cholecalciferol the same?

While both Ergocalciferol and Cholecalciferol belong to the family of Vitamin D nutrients, they differ in their usage. Ergocalciferol is Vitamin D2 that is less effective than D3 (Cholecalciferol) at raising Vitamin D blood levels. The former is easily found in plants, while the latter is present in animals. D3 is formed in the skin, while D2 can be ingested via daily food intake or supplements.

10. Should ergocalciferol be taken with food?

It is advisable to take Ergocalciferol after a meal as it would help the calcium you just ate to absorb. Mainly, this works if you are taking Ergocalciferol in the form of tablets. If you are taking Ergocalciferol in any other form, the best thing to do is consult an expert and then go ahead.

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