Frequently asked questions

Are there any side effects I should be aware of?

Like all medicines, Altavita® D3 may cause some side effects, although not everyone gets them.
  • These side effects include too much calcium in your blood or urine. This affects less than 1 in 100 people.
    – Too much calcium in your blood is known as hypercalcaemia. You may feel or be sick, lose your appetite, have constipation, stomach ache, feel very thirsty, have muscle weakness, drowsiness or confusion.
    – Too much calcium in your urine is known as hypercalciuria.
  • Rare side effects include skin rash, itching and hives, and these affect less than 1 in 1,000 people.
If you notice any kind of side effect while taking this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse.
You should not stop taking your medicine unless advised to do so by your doctor or pharmacist, but this means that you need to see them, or speak to them, as soon as possible

Can I still take Altavita D3 if I am pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant?

Vitamin D is very important to pregnant and breastfeeding women as they have a higher need for it.  Silhouette of a women lifting a child

If you are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant, it’s best to talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Altavita®  D3

What should I do if I take more Altavita D3 than I should?

If you or your child takes more medicine than prescribed, stop using this medicine and contact your doctor. If it is not possible to talk to a doctor, go to the nearest hospital emergency department and take the medicine package with you.

What should I do if I take more Altavita D3 than I should?

If you forget to take your dose of Altavita® D3, take the forgotten dose as soon as possible. Do not take a double dose to make up for the forgotten dose. Take your next dose in line with the instructions given to you by your doctor.

If you have any further questions, please discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.
Please read the leaflet that is inside your pack of Altavita D3 for further information.

View Patient Information Leaflet

What is the difference between an over-the-counter vitamin D supplement and a vitamin D prescription medicine?

Vitamin D supplements that you can buy at your pharmacy are manufactured to different standards than prescription-only medicines such as Altavita D3.

You can be sure with a prescription-only medicine, such as Altavita D3 , that your medicine will provide you with a consistent amount of vitamin D at the quantity specified on the pack.

IE/ALT/0816/0012e(1) Date of Preparation: November 2017

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