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Sterogyl 15 H 600.000 IU / 1.5 mL ( Ergocalciferol ) IM ampoule

Prophylaxis and/or treatment of vitamin D deficiency.
FORMS and PRESENTATIONS
Sterogyl 15 “A”:
Oral solution 600,000 IU/1.5 ml (alcohol-based, colorless): Ampoule-vial filled to 1.5 ml, unit pack.
Sterogyl 15 “H”:
Oral and IM injection solution 600,000 IU/1.5 ml (oil-based, light yellow): Ampoule-vial filled to 1.5 ml,
unit pack.
COMPOSITION
Sterogyl 15 “A”:
per ampoule
Ergocalciferol (INN) 600,000 IU
Excipients: ethyl alcohol 96.2°, purified water. Inerting gas: nitrogen.
Alcohol titer (v/v): 89.8°.
Ethanol content: 1.06 g/amp.
Sterogyl 15 “H”:
per ampoule
Ergocalciferol (INN) 600,000 IU
Excipient: groundnut oil. Inerting gas: nitrogen.
INDICATIONS
Treatment and prophylaxis of vitamin D-deficient states.
DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION
Dosage:
Restricted to adults.
This dosage form is not suitable for children due to its high vitamin D content.
½ to 1 ampoule (equivalent to 300,000 to 600,000 IU vitamin D2), in a single dose, once a year.
Treatment cost: Sterogyl 15 “A”: €0.80 to €1.60; Sterogyl 15 “H”: €0.85 to €1.69.
Method of administration:
Sterogyl 15 “A”:
Do not drink this medicinal product pure. Dilute it in water or fruit juice.
Sterogyl 15 “H“:
IM route.
The ampoule can also be administered by the oral route.
CONTRAINDICATIONS
Hypersensitivity to any of the ingredients.
Hypercalcemia, hypercalciuria, calcium lithiasis.
WARNINGS and PRECAUTIONS FOR USE
Sterogyl 15 “A”: Note : this medicinal product has an alcohol titer of 90°, or approximately 1 g alcohol
per ampoule. It is not recommended in patients with liver disease, alcoholism or epilepsy.
Sterogyl 15 “A” and “H”:
This medicinal product contains a very high dose of vitamin D. To avoid potential overdosage, do not
administer more than once a year and avoid association with other treatments containing this vitamin.
Monitor serum and urinary calcium levels and discontinue vitamin D intake if serum calcium exceeds 105
mg/ml (2.62 mmol/l) or if urinary calcium exceeds 4 mg/kg/day in adults.
In case of high calcium intake, frequent monitoring of urinary calcium is essential.
INTERACTIONS
Drug interactions:
Related to vitamin D2:
To be taken into consideration:
Thiazide diuretics: due to the risk of hypercalcemia, use the lowest recommended dosage and monitor
serum calcium more frequently.
Related to the presence of alcohol (Sterogyl 15 “A”):
Inadvisable:
CNS depressants: morphinics (analgesics, antitussives and substitution treatments);
barbiturates; benzodiazepines; anxiolytics other than benzodiazepines; sedative antidepressants
(amitriptyline, doxepine, mianserine, mirtazapine, trimipramine); neuroleptics; sedative H1
antihistamines;
centrally acting antihypertensives; other: baclofen, pizotifen, thalidomide: alcohol increases the sedative
effect of these substances. Impaired vigilance may make it dangerous to drive or use machines. Avoid
consumption of alcoholic beverages and medications containing alcohol.

Non-selective MAO inhibitors (iproniazide): increase of the hypertensive and/or hyperthermic effects of
tyramine present in certain alcoholic beverages (chianti, certain beers, etc.). Avoid consumption of
alcoholic beverages and medications containing alcohol.

Insulin: increased hypoglycemic reaction (inhibition of compensation reactions which may facilitate the
occurrence of hypoglycemic coma). Avoid consumption of alcoholic beverages and other medications
containing alcohol.

Metformin: increased risk of lactic acidosis during acute alcohol intoxication particularly in case of:
- fasting or denutrition,
- hepatocellular insufficiency.
Avoid consumption of alcoholic beverages and other medications containing alcohol.
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INTERACTIONS (continued)
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Hypoglycemic sulfonylureas: antabuse effect, particularly for glibenclamide, glipizide, tolbutamide.
Increased hypoglycemic reaction (inhibition of compensation reactions) which may facilitate the
occurrence of hypoglycemic coma. Avoid consumption of alcoholic beverages and other medications
containing alcohol.

Medicinal products that induce an antabuse reaction with alcohol: disulfiram, furazolidone, cefamandole,
(cephalosporin antibacterial), chloramphenicol (phenicol antibacterial), glibenclamide, glipizide,
(hypoglycemic sulfonylurea antidiabetic agents), griseofulvin (antifungal), metronidazole, ornidazole,
secnidazole, tenonitrozole, tinidazole (5-nitro-imidazole antifungals), ketoconazole (azole antifungal),
procarbazine (cytostatic): antabuse effect (hot flush, redness, vomiting, tachycardia). Avoid consumption
of alcoholic beverages and other medications containing alcohol.

To be taken into consideration:
Oral anticoagulants: Possible variations in the anticoagulant effect:
- increase in case of acute intoxication.
- decrease in case of chronic alcoholism (due to increased metabolism).

PREGNANCY and LACTATION
At 600,000 IU vitamin D per ampoule, the vitamin D concentration in this medicinal product is high and
does not correspond to the doses usually recommended during pregnancy. Therefore, this medicinal
product should not be adminstered during either pregnancy or lactation.
DRIVING AND USING MACHINES
Sterogyl 15 “A”: impaired vigilance, related to the presence of alcohol, may make it dangerous to drive
or use machines.
UNDESIRABLE EFFECTS
Sterogyl 15 “H”: due to the presence of groundnut oil, risk of hypersensitivity reaction (anaphylactic
shock, urticaria).
OVERDOSE
Signs resulting from excessive intake of vitamin D or its metabolites:
Clinical signs:
headache, fatigue, anorexia, weight loss, cessation of growth; nausea, vomiting; polyuria,
polydipsia, dehydratation; hypertension;
calcium lithiasis, tissue calcifications, particularly renal and vascular;
renal insufficiency.
Biological signs:
hypercalcemia, hypercalciuria, hyperphosphatemia, hyperphosphaturia.
Treatment:
Discontinue the administration of vitamin D, reduce calcium intake, increase diuresis, abundant fluid
intake.
PHARMACODYNAMICS 
Vitamin D (A: alimentary tract and metabolism).
The essential role of vitamin D is in the intestine, where it increases the capacity to absorb calcium and
phosphates, and in the skeleton, where it promotes mineralization (thanks to its direct actions on bone
formation and its indirect actions on the intestine, parathyroids and mineralized bone).
PHARMACOKINETICS
Vitamin D undergoes passive absorption from the small intestine and enters the systemic circulation
through the lymph, incorporated in chylomicrons.
After absorption it binds to a specific binding protein which transports it to the liver where it is converted
to 25-hydroxyvitamin D. The latter binds to the same binding protein which transports it to the kidneys
for conversion to the active form, 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D.
It is stored mainly in adipose tissue and muscle but also in blood. 25-hydroxyvitamin D bound to its
transport protein is the major circulating form of vitamin D. Its half-life in the blood is 15 to 40 days.
Vitamin D and its metabolites are eliminated in the feces, either unchanged or as water-soluble
metabolites (calcitroic acid, glucuronoconjugates).
STORAGE CONDITIONS
Store at a temperature below 25 °C protected from light.
PRESCRIPTION/SUPPLY/REIMBURSEMENT
LIST II
Marketing Authorization No. 309 983.2 (1943/97 revised 1998) “A”.
309 985.5 (1940/97 revised 1998) “H”.
Price: €1.60 (15 “A”, 1 ampoule).
€1.68 (15 “H”, 1 ampoule). 

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