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Is there any essential difference between clacitriol and D3 since in India Shelcal 500 c0ntains Calcium with Vit d3 whereas other capsule Gemcal contains calcitriol and calcium What is the difference

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Dear Ashis

There is a slight difference in their pharmacology in that calcitriol is more potent than D3. Generally D3 is preferred unless their is a serious vitamin D deficiency. In most cases I would stick with the D3.

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Alan Galbraith

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Dr Alan Galbraith

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I can answer most questions on most drugs. Answers can be given in either technical or layperson terminology. My main areas of interest are psychiatric, gastrointestinal and cardiovascular drugs.

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I have been a university lecturer/head of department for almost thirty years, but am now retired. My research interests were alcohol, smoking and cardiovascular disease.

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Institute of Biology, London.


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Author of "Fundamentals of Pharmacology" 5th Edition published in November 2007 by Pearson Education, Australia.

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BSc(Hons);MSc;PhD;MIBiol; Cert Biol; HECert

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