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Hectorol Side Effects

Common Hectorol Side Effects


The most commonly reported Hectorol side effects (click to view or check a box to report):

Blood Parathyroid Hormone Increased (10)
Pruritus (10)
Loss Of Consciousness (10)
Dyspnoea (9)
Dizziness (8)
Unresponsive To Stimuli (8)
Vomiting (7)
Nausea (7)
Hypotension (6)
Nephritis Interstitial (6)
Anaphylactic Reaction (5)
Hypercalcaemia (5)
Throat Tightness (5)
Hypersensitivity (5)
Cerebrovascular Accident (4)
Sepsis (4)
Renal Impairment (4)
Back Pain (4)
Convulsion (4)
Pulse Absent (4)

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If you or someone in your family has experienced a serious side effect to a health product, you are encouraged to report the experience to your health care professional (e.g. physician, pharmacist). You could also complete a copy of the side effect reporting form or report your side effect to FDA.

Side effects reports are analyzed to discover potential health product safety signals. Some important reactions may take an extremely long time to develop or occur infrequently. Continued monitoring of adverse reactions is thus essential to maintain a comprehensive safety and effectiveness profile of health products.

Hectorol Side Effects Reported to FDA

The following Hectorol reports list potential signals of serious risks and new safety information that were identified using the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS).
FAERS is a database that contains information on adverse event and medication errors reports submitted to FDA by healthcare professionals (such as physicians, pharmacists, nurses and others), consumers (such as patients, family members, layers and others) and manufacturers.


The appearance of Hectorol on this list does not mean that FDA has concluded that the drug has the listed risk. It means that FDA has identified a potential safety issue, but it does not mean that FDA has found a causal relationship between the drug and the listed risk.
Syncope, Loss Of Consciousness, Hypotension, Hypertension
This is a report of a 41-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Hectorol (dosage: NA, start time: Dec 17, 2013), combined with:
  • Venofer
  • Epogen
  • Naturalyte
  • Normal Saline
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s). The consumer presented with:
  • Syncope
  • Loss Of Consciousness
  • Hypotension
  • Hypertension
which developed after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Hectorol treatment in female patients, resulting in syncope side effect. The patient was hospitalized.

Hypotension, Altered State Of Consciousness, Emotional Distress
This report suggests a potential Hectorol Hypotension, Altered State Of Consciousness, Emotional Distress side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 79-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA and used Hectorol (dosage: NA) starting Dec 17, 2013. Soon after starting Hectorol the patient began experiencing various side effects, including:
  • Hypotension
  • Altered State Of Consciousness
  • Emotional Distress
Drugs used concurrently:
  • Venofer
  • Epogen
  • Naturalyte
  • Normal Saline
Although Hectorol demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as hypotension, may still occur.

Hot Flush, Pruritus
This Hot Flush, Pruritus problem was reported by a health professional from US. A 48-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: renal failure chronic. On 201401 this consumer started treatment with Hectorol (dosage: NA). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When commencing Hectorol, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects:
  • Hot Flush
  • Pruritus
Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as hot flush, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.

Cyanosis, Dyspnoea
This is a report of a 46-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US. The patient developed the following symptoms/conditions: NA and was treated with Hectorol (dosage: NA) starting NS. Concurrently used drugs: NA.Soon after that, the consumer experienced the following side effects:
  • Cyanosis
  • Dyspnoea
This opens a possibility that Hectorol treatment could cause the above reactions, including cyanosis, and some female subjects may be more susceptible.


Cardiac Arrest, Pulse Absent, Unresponsive To Stimuli, Apnoea, Convulsion
A 45-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US with the following symptoms/conditions: hyperparathyroidism secondary started Hectorol treatment (dosage: NA) on Jan 29, 2014. Soon after starting Hectorol treatment, the subject experienced various side effects, including:
  • Cardiac Arrest
  • Pulse Absent
  • Unresponsive To Stimuli
  • Apnoea
  • Convulsion
Concurrently used drugs:
  • Epogen (Dose:10000 Unit(s))
  • Venofer
The patient was hospitalized. This finding indicates that some male patients could be more vulnerable to Hectorol.

Tachycardia, Dyspnoea, Flushing, Hyperhidrosis
A 60-year-old female patient from US (weight: NA) experienced symptoms, such as: hyperparathyroidism and was treated with Hectorol(dosage: NA). The treatment was initiated on Jan 02, 2014. After that a consumer reported the following side effect(s):
  • Tachycardia
  • Dyspnoea
  • Flushing
  • Hyperhidrosis
Concurrently used drugs, which potentially could have contributed to side effect(s) or affected Hectorol efficacy:
  • Epoetin Alfa (More Than 1 Year)


Hypersensitivity, Musculoskeletal Stiffness, Chest Discomfort, Dyspnoea, Headache, Cough, Mobility Decreased, Myalgia
In this report, Hectorol was administered for the following condition: hyperparathyroidism secondary.A 42-year-old male consumer from US (weight: NA) started Hectorol treatment (dosage: Dose:2 Microgram(s)/millilitre) on Dec 27, 2012.Sometime after starting the treatment, the patient complained of the following side effect(s):
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Musculoskeletal Stiffness
  • Chest Discomfort
  • Dyspnoea
  • Headache
  • Cough
  • Mobility Decreased
  • Myalgia
A possible interaction with other drugs could have contributed to this reaction: NA.Establishing a causal relationship between a specific drug and consumer's side effects is complex, but it is possible that in this report Hectorol treatment could be related to the listed above side effect(s).

Pruritus, Chest Discomfort, Chest Pain, Dyspnoea
This is a report of the following Hectorol side effect(s):
  • Pruritus
  • Chest Discomfort
  • Chest Pain
  • Dyspnoea
A 35-year-old male patient from US (weight: NA) presented with the following condition: hyperparathyroidism and received a treatment with Hectorol (dosage: NA) starting: Dec 23, 2011.The following concurrently used drugs could have generated interactions:
  • Heparin (Dose:18000 Unit(s))
The patient was hospitalized.This report suggests that a Hectorol treatment could be associated with the listed above side effect(s).

Unresponsive To Stimuli, Pulse Absent
This Hectorol report was submitted by a 67-year-old female consumer from US (weight: NA). The patient was diagnosed with: hyperparathyroidism and Hectorol was administered (dosage: NA) starting: NS. The consumer developed a set of symptoms:
  • Unresponsive To Stimuli
  • Pulse Absent
Other drugs used simultaneously: NA.The patient was hospitalized.Those unexpected symptoms could be linked to a Hectorol treatment, however establishing a potential drug-safety problem requires a more detailed clinical analysis.

Cardio-respiratory Arrest, Unresponsive To Stimuli, Pulse Absent, Dyspnoea, Apnoea, Syncope, Lethargy, Agitation, Confusional State
This is a report of a possible correlation between Hectorol use and the following symptoms/side effect(s):
  • Cardio-respiratory Arrest
  • Unresponsive To Stimuli
  • Pulse Absent
  • Dyspnoea
  • Apnoea
  • Syncope
  • Lethargy
  • Agitation
  • Confusional State
which could contribute to an assessment of Hectorol risk profile.A 56-year-old female consumer from US (weight: NA) was suffering from hyperparathyroidism secondary and was treated with Hectorol (dosage: 4 Mcg Every Treatment) starting Jan 06, 2014.Other concurrent medications: NA.The patient was hospitalized.

Cardiac Arrest, Brain Hypoxia, Respiratory Arrest, Anaphylactic Reaction, Local Swelling, Throat Tightness, Loss Of Consciousness, Feeling Abnormal
A 68-year-old female patient from US (weight: NA) presented with the following symptoms: hyperparathyroidism secondary,headache and after a treatment with Hectorol (dosage: Unk) experienced the following side effect(s):
  • Cardiac Arrest
  • Brain Hypoxia
  • Respiratory Arrest
  • Anaphylactic Reaction
  • Local Swelling
  • Throat Tightness
  • Loss Of Consciousness
  • Feeling Abnormal
The treatment was started on Mar 04, 2011. Hectorol was used in combination with the following drugs:
  • Tylenol
This report could alert potential Hectorol consumers.

Unresponsive To Stimuli, Cough, Hypertonia, Off Label Use
In this report, a 72-year-old female patient from US (weight: NA) was affected by a possible Hectorol side effect.The patient was diagnosed with bone disorder,anaemia. After a treatment with Hectorol (dosage: NA, start date: Dec 31, 2013), the patient experienced the following side effect(s):
  • Unresponsive To Stimuli
  • Cough
  • Hypertonia
  • Off Label Use
The following simultaneously used drugs could have led to this reaction:
  • Epogen (Dose:10000 Unit(s))
  • Heparin Sodium (Dose:5000 Unit(s))
  • Venofer
The findings here stress that side effects should be taken into consideration when evaluating a Hectorol treatment.

Hypersensitivity, Nausea, Vomiting, Chest Pain, Dyspnoea, Feeling Hot
This is a report of a 33-year-old female patient from US (weight: NA), who used Hectorol (dosage: NA) for a treatment of NA. After starting a treatment on Dec 06, 2013, the patient experienced the following side effect(s):
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Chest Pain
  • Dyspnoea
  • Feeling Hot
The following drugs could possibly have interacted with the Hectorol treatment
  • Epogen (Dose:9800 Unit(s))
Taken together, these observations suggest that a Hectorol treatment could be related to side effect(s), such as Hypersensitivity, Nausea, Vomiting, Chest Pain, Dyspnoea, Feeling Hot.

Unresponsive To Stimuli, Hypotension, Heart Rate Abnormal
This unresponsive to stimuli side effect was reported by a health professional from US. A 58-year-old female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: NA. The patient was prescribed Hectorol (dosage: NA), which was started on 201312. Concurrently used drugs: NA. When starting to take Hectorol the consumer reported the following symptoms:
  • Unresponsive To Stimuli
  • Hypotension
  • Heart Rate Abnormal
The patient was hospitalized. These side effects may potentially be related to Hectorol.

Unresponsive To Stimuli, Glomerular Filtration Rate Decreased, Blood Pressure Increased
This is a Hectorol side effect report of a 60-year-old female patient (weight:NA) from US, suffering from the following symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Hectorol (dosage:NA, start time: Dec 21, 2013), combined with: NA., and developed a serious reaction and a unresponsive to stimuli side effect. The patient presented with:
  • Unresponsive To Stimuli
  • Glomerular Filtration Rate Decreased
  • Blood Pressure Increased
which developed after the beginning of treatment. The patient was hospitalized. This side effect report can indicate a possible existence of increased vulnerability to Hectorol treatment in female patients suffering from NA, resulting in unresponsive to stimuli.

Dyspnoea, Anxiety, Face Oedema
This report suggests a potential Hectorol dyspnoea side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 28-year-old female patient from US (weight:NA) was diagnosed with the following health condition(s): hyperparathyroidism secondary and used Hectorol (dosage: Intravenous Push) starting Dec 19, 2013. Soon after starting Hectorol the patient began experiencing various side effects, including:
  • Dyspnoea
  • Anxiety
  • Face Oedema
Drugs used concurrently:
  • Epogen (Dose:20000 Unit(s))
  • Heparin (Heparin 5000 Unit Bolus Dose:5000 Unit(s))
The patient was hospitalized. Although Hectorol demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as dyspnoea, may still occur.

Seizure Like Phenomena, Loss Of Consciousness, Abdominal Pain Upper
This seizure like phenomena problem was reported by a health professional from US. A 53-year-old male patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following medical condition(s): hyperparathyroidism secondary.On 201312 a consumer started treatment with Hectorol (dosage: NA). The following drugs/medications were being taken at the same time: NA. When commencing Hectorol, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms /side effects:
  • Seizure Like Phenomena
  • Loss Of Consciousness
  • Abdominal Pain Upper
The patient was hospitalized. Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry potential side effect risks. Some side effects, such as seizure like phenomena, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.

Unresponsive To Stimuli
This is a Hectorol side effect report of a 80-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US. The patient developed the following symptoms/conditions: hyperparathyroidism,anaemia and was treated with Hectorol (dosage: On 22dec At 16:13 And 0n 24 Dec At 18:14) starting Oct 25, 2004. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Epogen (Dose:6600 Unit(s))
Soon after that, the consumer experienced the following of symptoms:
  • Unresponsive To Stimuli
The patient was hospitalized. This opens a possibility that Hectorol could cause unresponsive to stimuli and that some female patients may be more susceptible.

Loss Of Consciousness, Blood Pressure Increased, Bruxism, Fall, Clonus
A 63-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US with the following symptoms: NA started Hectorol treatment (dosage: NA) on Dec 13, 2013. Soon after starting Hectorol treatment, the consumer experienced several side effects, including:
  • Loss Of Consciousness
  • Blood Pressure Increased
  • Bruxism
  • Fall
  • Clonus
. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Epogen (Dose: 1000 Units)
The patient was hospitalized. This finding indicates that some patients can be more vulnerable to developing Hectorol side effects, such as loss of consciousness.

Hypersensitivity, Erythema, Flushing, Back Pain
This hypersensitivity side effect was reported by a health professional from US. A 80-year-old female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: hyperparathyroidism secondary,nephrogenic anaemia.The patient was prescribed Hectorol (dosage: Frequency Three Times A Week), which was started on Nov 30, 2013. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Epogen (Dose:2000 Unit(s))
.When starting to take Hectorol the consumer reported symptoms, such as:
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Erythema
  • Flushing
  • Back Pain
These side effects may potentially be related to Hectorol. The patient was hospitalized.

Throat Tightness, Dyspnoea
This is a report of a 33-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following symptoms/conditions: hyperparathyroidism, who was treated with Hectorol (dosage: NA, start time: Dec 13, 2013), combined with:
  • Epogen
  • Venofer
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s). The consumer presented with:
  • Throat Tightness
  • Dyspnoea
which developed after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Hectorol treatment in female patients, resulting in throat tightness side effect. The patient was hospitalized.

Hypersensitivity, Choking Sensation
This report suggests a potential Hectorol Hypersensitivity, Choking Sensation side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 35-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA and used Hectorol (dosage: Strength: 4 Mcg/2ml) starting Dec 19, 2013. Soon after starting Hectorol the patient began experiencing various side effects, including:
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Choking Sensation
Drugs used concurrently:
  • Venofer
  • Normal Saline (Bolus)
Although Hectorol demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as hypersensitivity, may still occur.

Cardio-respiratory Arrest, Heart Rate Decreased
This Cardio-respiratory Arrest, Heart Rate Decreased problem was reported by a health professional from US. A 62-year-old male patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: hyperparathyroidism secondary. On Dec 19, 2013 this consumer started treatment with Hectorol (dosage: NA). The following drugs were being taken at the same time:
  • Heparin Sodium (3000 Units Per Treatment Dose:3000 Unit(s))
When commencing Hectorol, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects:
  • Cardio-respiratory Arrest
  • Heart Rate Decreased
The patient was hospitalized.Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as cardio-respiratory arrest, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.

Unresponsive To Stimuli
This is a report of a 41-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US. The patient developed the following symptoms/conditions: hyperparathyroidism secondary and was treated with Hectorol (dosage: NA) starting Dec 17, 2013. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Venofer (Administered 1 Cc)
  • Epogen (Dose: 5000 Units Dose:5000 Unit(s))
  • Normal Saline (600 Cc)
Soon after that, the consumer experienced the following side effects:
  • Unresponsive To Stimuli
The patient was hospitalized. This opens a possibility that Hectorol treatment could cause the above reactions, including unresponsive to stimuli, and some female subjects may be more susceptible.

Loss Of Consciousness, Pulse Absent, Dizziness
A 63-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US with the following symptoms/conditions: hyperparathyroidism started Hectorol treatment (dosage: NA) on Dec 16, 2013. Soon after starting Hectorol treatment, the subject experienced various side effects, including:
  • Loss Of Consciousness
  • Pulse Absent
  • Dizziness
Concurrently used drugs: NA.The patient was hospitalized. This finding indicates that some female patients could be more vulnerable to Hectorol.

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    Hectorol Safety Alerts, Active Ingredients, Usage Information

    NDC52125-085
    TypeHUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG
    Proprietary NameHectorol
    Namedoxercalciferol
    Dosage FormCAPSULE, LIQUID FILLED
    RouteORAL
    On market since20120920
    LabelerREMEDYREPACK INC.
    Active Ingredient(s)DOXERCALCIFEROL
    Strength(s)0.5
    Unit(s)ug/1
    Pharma ClassErgocalciferols [Chemical/Ingredient],Vitamin D2 Analog [EPC]

    Hectorol Dosage, Warnings, Usage.

    Side Effects reported to FDA: 101

    Hectorol safety alerts: No

    Reported deaths: 16

    Reported hospitalizations: 48

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