Active ingredients: colecalciferol
What it is used for
 The working group of the Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society, Endocrine Society of Australia and Osteoporosis Australia state that a significant number of Australians are deficient in vitamin D.  Vitamin D3 is known to be pleiotropic, meaning it influences the expression of numerous/many genes throughout many/a range of systems and organs of the body.  Vitamin D receptors (VDR) are present in a wide variety of cells in numerous/many systems and most organs in the body (eg: heart, immune system, central and peripheral nervous systems, skeleton, brain, kidneys, skin, prostate and breast).  Older individuals/people may have an increased requirement for vitamin D3. [5a] The body?s ability to metabolise vitamin D to its active form may decline with age. [5b] Aging decreases the capacity/ability of the skin to produce vitamin D3 (because the concentration of 7-dehydrocholesterol in the skin decreases with age). [5c] Evidence suggests that by the age of 70yrs, the skin?s ability to produce vitamin D3 is reduced by approximately 75% compared to younger adults.  Vitamin D is required for healthy cell development, differentiation and maturation.  Adequate vitamin D is important for the maintenance of a normal healthy immune system.  1,25(OH)2D3 (calcitriol) interacts with immune cells such as monocyte-macrophages, antigen presenting cells, dendritic cells and lymphocytes and induces their differentiation. [9a] Vitamin D enhances/supports/improves the ability of the small intestine to absorb calcium from the diet. [9b] Adequate levels of Vitamin D are necessary for the maintenance of normal healthy calcium metabolism. [9c] Vitamin D is important/necessary/essential for the efficient utilisation of calcium by the body. [9d] Vitamin D is important for the maintenance of strong healthy bones.
How to take it
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- The way to take this medicine: Oral
- Lifetime is 0 .
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Do I need a prescription?
We are unable to tell you if you need a prescription for this medicine. You can ask your pharmacist. This medicine is Not Scheduled.
Is this medicine subsidised?
This medicine may be subsidised which may make it cheaper. To learn more about this subsidy, visit the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) website.