Fultium D3 capsules contain the active ingredient colecalciferol to prevent and treat vitamin D deficiency. This treatment helps to increase the amount of vitamin D in the body which is used by the gut to process calcium and phosphorus.
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Fultium D3 capsules use the active ingredient colecalciferol to prevent and treat vitamin D deficiencies. Vitamin D is required by the body in order for it to efficiently process and regulate the levels of calcium and phosphate in the system. It is used to maintain good health and grow strong bones.
- Once-a-day capsules
- Prevents and treats vitamin D deficiency
- Available in two strengths
Vitamin D deficiency is a very common condition in the UK. When our skin is exposed to ultraviolet B (UVB) rays found in sunlight it produces vitamin D. The vitamin is important as it aids our gut with the absorption of calcium and phosphorous, both of which are required to maintain healthy teeth, muscles and bones. Most of our intake of this particular vitamin is from sunlight, as not many food sources naturally contain it. It can be found in some oily fish such as sardines, mackerel and salmon but the amount is quite small.
This condition can be diagnosed in men and women of all ages but there are certain groups that are more likely to be effected. Some groups are higher risk because they have an increased need for vitamin D. This includes pregnant women, women who choose to breastfeed and young children, who require vitamin D to aid specifically with growth. Quite often for these groups the body’s natural stores of vitamin D are either depleted or have not been sufficiently built up so a deficiency is highly likely.
Other groups may be more at risk because their body is not able to produce sufficient vitamin D levels. This can affect a number of people including those who are in hospital for a significant amount of time; are unable to leave the house; who wear clothing that covers most of their body when outdoors; elderly people due to their thinning skin; people with a darker skin colour and those who have already been diagnosed with certain medical conditions, such as Crohn’s and coeliac disease.
The majority of people living with this health problem are not aware that they have it. This is because it does not present any obvious symptoms. Adults with a low amount of vitamin D in their system might feel tired, achy or generally unwell. Typical symptoms noted by those lacking in vitamin D include severe pain and weakness which can cause mobility problems; as well as bone pain in the ribs, shins, thighs, pelvis, lower back and feet. Extreme cases can cause bone deformities.
It can be difficult for UK residents to receive sufficient vitamin D from sunlight and diet alone, especially during the winter months. However, the body can create stores of the vitamin during the sunnier summer months, so long as a large enough area of skin is exposed on a regular basis. The NHS suggests that a daily stint of around 10-15 minutes from April to October is sufficient time for most light-skinned people to make enough vitamin D to support their system. A longer amount of time may be required by those with darker skin.
If left untreated vitamin D deficiency can lead to osteomalacia and permanent bone damage or deformity. When a person is diagnosed as lacking in vitamin D, they may be prescribed a course of treatment such as fultium D3. The doctor will decide on the strength and dosage required depending on the severity of the condition. Some people will be advised to continue with a maintenance dose in order to prevent a recurrence of their deficiency in future.
One form of vitamin D treatment is fultium D3. The medication is available in several strengths and helps to restore a person’s insufficient vitamin D stores.
Always follow the instructions provided by your doctor or pharmacist.
- Take as directed.
- Swallow the capsule(s) whole with water. Do not chew.
- The capsules can be taken with or without food.
- If you forget to take your capsule, do not double-up on your next dose. Take the normal amount.
The directions detailed here serve only as a brief guide. Please refer to the patient information leaflet for further details.
All medicines can cause side effects and this is also true of fultium D3. Not everyone who uses this medication will experience them but it is important to be aware of the potential reactions.
Uncommon (1 in 100 people or less):
Excess calcium in your blood (hypercalcaemia) which can make you feel nauseous or be sick; have constipation, stomach ache or muscle weakness; feel thirsty or become drowsy or confused. Excess calcium in your urine (hypercalciuria).
Rare (1 in 1000 people or less):
Hives, skin rash, itching.
This list of side effects is not comprehensive. Consult the patient information guide that comes with the medication for more.
Taking it with other medications
During your consultation make sure you inform the doctor of any other medications you are currently taking or have recently taken. This should include any prescription items as well as those obtained over-the-counter.
Please pay particular attention to the following: heart drugs such as digoxin; epilepsy medicines such as phenytoin; sleep treatments known as barbiturates; glucocorticoids; laxatives; weight loss drugs such as orlistat; drugs to lower your cholesterol including colestyramine; imidazole antifungals, a cancer drug called actinomycin and any additional vitamin D or calcium treatments.
Conditions to look out for
Your doctor needs to know if you have or have ever had: high levels of vitamin D in your blood, high levels of calcium in your blood or urine, any type of bowel disorder such as inflammatory bowel disease, kidney stones, kidney disease, heart disease and sarcoidosis.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Check with your doctor before using this product if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or trying to conceive. Higher doses in particular may not be suitable for use.
Driving and using machinery
Fultium is not likely to interfere with your capacity to drive or use machines.
Can I still drink alcohol?
You should check with your doctor before drinking alcohol and taking this product.
Will I still be able to drive?
This medication should not have an adverse effect on your ability to drive or operate machinery. However, if you feel unwell, drowsy or dizzy refrain from driving and consult your doctor.
Can I take this medicine while pregnant?
Those who are pregnant, think they might be pregnant or are breastfeeding should speak to their doctor prior to commencing fultium D3 treatment.
How should I store it?
Keep away from children. Store in the original packaging to minimise light exposure. Never exceed the expiry date supplied with your medication.
Am I allergic to anything in the medicine?
Do not take this product if you are allergic to any of its ingredients. They include colecalciferol, maize oil, butylated hydroxytoluene, gelatin, glycerol, brilliant blue ws and purified water.
Is it available over-the-counter?
A doctor or pharmacist should assess the suitability of this medication before use.
Is it right for me?
If you think you have vitamin D deficiency, you should speak to your GP. They will be able to initiate a prescription where necessary.
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