Alfacalcidol CANDE belongs to a group of medicines called vitamin D analogues. It is a type of vitamin D.
Vitamin D controls the levels of two substances in your body. These substances are called calcium and phosphate. Your body needs both of these substances for healthy bones and teeth.
Alfacalcidol CANDE works by increasing the amount of vitamin D in your body. This means the levels of calcium and phosphate in your body will increase too.
Alfacalcidol CANDE is used to treat diseases where the amount of calcium in your body needs changing. It is used to treat:
- Changes in bone caused by kidney failure (osteodystrophy).
- Changes to your parathyroid glands. These are small glands found in your neck. They make a substance called the parathyroid hormone. This changes the amount of calcium in your body.
° The glands may make the amount of calcium in your blood too high (hyperparathyroidism).
° The glands may make the amount of calcium in your blood too low (hypoparathyroidism).
- Softening and deformity of the bones due to lack of calcium (rickets or osteomalacia)