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Cystic Fibrosis is safely treated by high-dose Vitamin D – Sept 2019

High-dose Cholecalciferol Supplementation in Adults with Cystic Fibrosis.

Pharmacotherapy. 2019 Sep;39(9):874-880. doi: 10.1002/phar.2307
Janzen KM1, Sakon C1, Lehman A1, Sommer B1, Brown C1,2.
1 Indiana University Health, Indianapolis, Indiana.
2 Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana


INTRODUCTION:
Despite the availability of consensus guidelines for the treatment of vitamin D deficiency, prospective trials are lacking to examine alternative dosing strategies for adult patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) who do not meet therapeutic goals with standard regimens.

OBJECTIVES:
The primary objective of this study was to determine the efficacy of high-dose cholecalciferol supplementation in increasing serum vitamin D (25-OHD) levels in adult patients with CF.

METHODS:
Patients were eligible for inclusion if they were 18 years or older, had baseline 25-OHD levels lower than 30 ng/ml, and were diagnosed with CF and pancreatic insufficiency. Patients were given a single dose of cholecalciferol 300,000 or 500,000 IU based on baseline 25-OHD levels. Response was defined by 25-OHD and ionized calcium levels at 3 months. At 6 months, responders received a second dose of the same strength, and nonresponders were given a weekly supplement of cholecalciferol 50,000 IU in addition to cholecalciferol 500,000 IU. A second 25-OHD level was obtained at 9 months.

RESULTS:
Of the 46 patients enrolled, 32 patients (70%) completed the study. Baseline levels of 25-OHD significantly increased over time in the per protocol population at 3 and 9 months. A total of 16 patients (50%) were considered nonresponders and required weekly supplementation.

CONCLUSION:
A protocol using high-dose cholecalciferol or high-dose plus weekly cholecalciferol is safe and effective in treating adult patients with CF and pancreatic insufficiency.

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