AT10 solution contains the active ingredient dihydrotachysterol, which is a synthetic form of vitamin D.
Vitamin D is needed for calcium to be absorbed from the gut, and dihydrotachysterol is used to treat low calcium levels in the blood that are associated with underactivity of the parathyroid glands.
The parathyroid glands are found in the neck. They produce parathyroid hormone, which helps control the metabolism of calcium and phosphate in the body. If these glands are underactive and don't produce enough parathyroid hormone, it can cause the level of calcium in the blood to drop too low.
Low blood calcium levels can cause involuntary muscle twitching and cramps, particularly in the hands. This is called hypocalcaemic tetany.
By improving the absorption of calcium from the gut, dihydrotachysterol helps normalise blood calcium levels and control these muscle spasms.
This medicine should not be used if you are allergic to any of its ingredients. Please inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have previously experienced such an allergy.
If you feel you have experienced an allergic reaction, stop using this medicine and inform your doctor or pharmacist immediately.
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It is important to tell your doctor or pharmacist what medicines you are already taking, including those bought without a prescription and herbal medicines, before you start treatment with this medicine. Similarly, check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking any new medicines while having treatment with this one, to make sure that the combination is safe.
Thiazide diuretics, such as bendroflumethiazide, reduce the amount of calcium excreted in the urine, and this can increase the amount of calcium in the blood. If you are taking a thiazide diuretic in combination with this medicine you should have regular blood tests to monitor the level of calcium in your blood.
People taking digoxin or other cardiac glycosides may have an increased risk of abnormal heart rhythms if they experience abnormally high blood calcium levels while taking this medicine.
The following medicines may decrease the absorption of dihydrotachysterol from the gut and should not be taken at the same time of day as this medicine:
If you are taking any of the following medicines you may need a larger than normal dose of this medicine. Ask your doctor for advice:
There are currently no other medicines available in the UK that contain dihydrotachysterol as the active ingredient.