Following recommendation from the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition, Scottish Government advice on vitamin D supplementation for all age groups has been updated. The advice is available, along with links to information leaflets for the public, health professionals and parents, at the Scottish Government factsheet: Vitamin D: advice for all age groups.

All pregnant women in NHS Highland are provided with Healthy Start maternal tablets for the duration of their pregnancy via their Midwifery antenatal contacts. These tablets contain vitamin D, folic acid and vitamin C and are provided free of charge.

Vitamin D (as colecalciferol) should usually only be prescribed:

COLECALCIFEROL

Important: Therapy notes

  • Peanut allergy
    • Patients with peanut allergy should avoid the capsules which may contain arachis (peanut) oil.
    • Tablets and oral solution do not contain arachis (peanut) oil and are suitable for those with peanut allergy.

Important: Formulation and dosage details

Formulation:

Capsules 20 micrograms (800 units), 80 micrograms (3,200 units), 500 micrograms (20,000 units)

Important: Formulation and dosage details

Formulation:

Tablets 20 micrograms (800 units)

Important: Formulation and dosage details

Formulation:

Oral solution 2,400 units/mL (InVita D3® Oral Drops), 25,000 units/mL (InVita D3®)

ALFACALCIDOL

Important: Therapy notes

Important: Formulation and dosage details

Formulation:

Capsules 250 nanograms, 500 nanograms, 1 microgram

Dosage:

In renal osteodystrophy: 250 to 500 nanograms daily, then titrate according to response.

Important: Formulation and dosage details

Formulation:

Oral drops 100 nanograms/drop

Dosage:

In renal osteodystrophy: 250 to 500 nanograms daily, then titrate according to response.

Important: Formulation and dosage details

Formulation:

Injection 1 microgram/0·5mL

Dosage:

In renal osteodystrophy: 250 to 500 nanograms daily, then titrate according to response.

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