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Q. My pain clinic doctor put me on 50,000 units vitamin D twice a day. That’s 100,000 units a day, and it seems like a lot. The pharmacy called to verify the prescription. Is this dose safe?

A. That is an extremely high dose of vitamin D. It may put you at risk of toxicity. Please check back with your doctor or get a second opinion.

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IT should have been 50,000 IU once a week. When that dose is prescribed, you do not take ANY calcium supplements.

A family friend has had 7 back surgeries. Her specialist is quite famous in his field of medicine. THAT doctor prescribes a dose that TOTALS in a WEEK no more than 48,000 IU/wk. with occasional calcium in VERY low amounts.

I take Vitamin D but my doctor gave me 50000 units ONCE a week...My pharmacist says that since the report came out about Vitamin D (and I don't know where the report came from), that the doctors have been writing prescriptions for it all the time. I don't know about anything other than I sure feel a lot better!

My son was found lacking in vitamin D, and was put on 50k units twice a week for 4 weeks, and then 2000 units a day. Twice a day does seem excessive...are you quite certain it was not twice a week?

I was discovered to have a very low level of vitamin D (as in I would have rickets if I were a child). My doctor prescribed 50,000 iu to be taken once a week for eight weeks. Perhaps the pharmacist did not read the prescription carefully.

50,000IU of Vit D has been given lately but on a weekly basis just for several months to bring a very low level up to an optimal one (50-70). Depending on circumstances, it may only move 5 pts a month at that rate. Many are not in tune to correct doses. 4-5,000 is said to maintain your present level. sw,RN

What is the reason for not taking calcium supplements? I'm also taking a once a week high dose of vitamin D but was not told to stop taking the daily calcium supplements.

My doctor has me on 15,000 IU's daily and on 1900 mg. of calcium daily. Isn't this excessive? I also would like to know the reason for not taking calcium.

My doctor put me on 12000 IU daily (1200 IU per 10kg body mass) 18 months ago. Seems to be working. Initially I was concerned about the dosage - so googled and found that actual toxicity hasn't been reported below 40k/day for sustained periods; for cancer patients 50k/daily for short term seems tolerable. YMMV - check with your doctor!

My doctor put me on 50,000 IU once a week, I have been on that for 6 weeks now. I also was told to take 2000 IU daily. What are the negative effects of being out in the sun while taking this much since you get Vitamin D from that source as well? I worry about the toxicity of this. Is it very harmful if out in the sun while taking this much?

Thanks

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE: IF YOU ARE OUT IN THE SUN FOR 15 OR 20 MINUTES A DAY, YOU PROBABLY WOULD NOT NEED TO TAKE THE 2,000 IU DAILY DOSE. YOU ALSO PROBABLY DO NOT NEED BOTH 50,000 IU/WEEK AND 2,000 IU/DAY. ASK YOUR DOCTOR WHICH IS BETTER FOR YOU.

I am taking 50,000 units of vitamin d weekly for 8 weeks because my level was 18. I am 62 years old with a history of breast cancer and osteoarthritis. I take Evista but do not know if I should be taking calcium while taking this high dose of D. Please advise. thanks so much.

I have been taking 50,000 IU of vitamin D once a week since May 19 and have had severe diarrhea. I have been to the E.R. 3 times. Dehydration! Also I am so weak. I decided to stop the vitamin D and actually ate a few bits of chicken and mashed potatoes yesterday and today without diarrhea. I was eating applesauce, vanilla yogurt and rice. Bananas gave me diarrhea. I should be able to tell in a few more days if the vitamin D caused the diarrhea. I was losing almost 1 pound every 3 days recently.

Vitamin D is only available from the sunlight from fall to spring if you live south of Atlanta. The rest of us need to get our 25 Hydroxy D3 levels up to 50-80 ng/ml from supplements or those tanning beds that are adjusted to produce UVB (and not tan). This is not easy if you are obese, dark skinned, old or have a host of underlying conditions including chronic pain.

Vitamin D toxicity is almost absent in the literature unless the person has underlying scleroderma, lymphoma, hyperparathyroidism or abnormal calcium metabolism. There are no valid cases of toxicity with blood levels under 200 without abnormal conditions. In one recorded case, a Florida lawyer was taking a million iu a day due to an industrial production accident and his blood levels were over 500. After a month of the diuretic Lasix and sunscreen, his signs of toxicosis were reversed although his blood level was around 300.

Obese patients for instance may be unable to make or absorb enough Vitamin D. I was taking 10,000 iu for six months, and my blood level was only in the 30s. At my weight, 40,000 iu daily may be necessary just to maintain levels. Others can load with high levels for a few months and drop to a maintenance dosage of 5000-10,000 iu, If you are taking large doses your doctor should monitor with a blood test.

Pain and disease deplete Vitamin D since it is used by the body —metabolically cleared— both to maintain wellness and to treat disease. Although I would certainly check with the doctor, a daily dose of 50,000 iu for the patient is well within current treatment protocols according to the best Vitamin D researchers and it is possible that the twice a day dose is in response to an inability to absorb enough with his condition.

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE: KEEP IN MIND THAT THE PROPER DOSE OF VITAMIN D VARIES FROM ONE PERSON TO ANOTHER. PLEASE WORK WITH YOUR OWN HEALTH CARE PROVIDER TO GET THE DOSE THAT IS RIGHT FOR YOU.

Incidentally if you are interested, Grassroots Health and the University of California at San Diego have a series of YouTube videos available that explain the new science around Vitamin D as well as a chart that summarizes how cancer, MS, fractures, cardiovascular disease, Type 1 diabetes and other conditions can be substantially wiped out at different blood levels of Vitamin D. http://www.grassrootshealth.net/ You can also find information including all kinds of research links at www.VitaminDcouncil.org.

Grassroots Health recently issued a Vitamin D Scientist's Call to Action Statement (PDF format) signed by some of the best vitamin D scientists in the world. They want blood levels to increase to 50 ng/mL within five years to eradicate many diseases that we had not thought linked to Vitamin D when the recommended amount was set.

My doctor recently prescribed 50,000 units of Vitamin D 3 times a week for 8 weeks because my Vitamin D level was at 32. Is this much Vitamin D safe?

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE: THAT IS THREE TIMES HIGHER THAN THE USUAL PRESCRIPTION. CHECK IN WITH YOUR DOCTOR TO MAKE SURE YOU UNDERSTOOD, AND ASK TO HAVE YOUR BLOOD TESTED HALF-WAY THROUGH THE COURSE OF TREATMENT.

My doctor prescribed me 50,000 units of Vitamin D once a week for 8 weeks and my Vitamin D level is 15. is it safe?

I went for a physical and my lipid test turned out that my vitamin D level was SEVEN! My doctor put me on 50k once a week for 15 weeks and another refill for another 15 weeks. My goodness what may have cause this number to be so low!!! I had lyme disease six months ago (treated - so I thought) advise...?
thanks

I got a call today from my physician's assistant telling me my testosterone level (all 3 tests) were nearly triple the upper limit and that my vitamin D was "severely" low. I have a follow-up visit in 2.5 weeks and she wanted me to take some Vitamin D prior to my appointment.

She sent a prescription in for me of one 50,000iu Vitamin D pill weekly for 12 weeks and a 2,000iu pill daily as well as 2,000iu of calcium daily.

Has the jury reached a verdict about the calcium?

The Vitamin D supplement I like comes in 5000 IU tablets, which is a little higher than most doctors recommend. Would it be safe and effective to take one tablet every other day or is there a danger of getting too much at once?

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE: YOU SHOULD HAVE NO TROUBLE TAKING ONE EVERY OTHER DAY. DO MAKE SURE YOUR DOCTOR MONITORS YOUR VITAMIN D LEVEL SO YOU CAN ADJUST THE DOSE AS NEEDED.

A physiological dose from the sun, with no sunscreen, between 11 and 1pm and sunning to just below a tanning level will produce 25,000-30,000 iu of Vitamin D a day. Beyond that your body breaks it down. If your skin is dark you need more time. If you are in the sun early in the morning or late in the afternoon, it does no good- you need the UVB rays. If you want to get your Vitamin D from the sun, you must not wash the Vitamin D off of your skin right away. Otherwise take a supplement.

Anyone can take 10,000 iu a day without a blood test (unless they have TB, hyperparathyroidism, granulomatous diseases, abnormal C metabolism, or possibly lupus.) That is less than half a physiological dose . If you are fat, in pain, have diabetes or cancer, you need more, but get tested. (The main purpose of testing is to convince you that you need more, since hardly anyone gets above the toxic 200 ng/ml.)

Since I had no results from 10,000 iu/day supplementation, I moved up to 50,000 iu. Finally it took 50,000 of D3 per day for 3 months to go from 32 to 51 ng/ml. This is with testing. I want at least 60ng/ml. I have conditions that will sequester the Vitamin D and use it faster. The question isn't how much D to take but how high your blood level is. You need more in the winter unless you live south of Atlanta and are out at noon without sunscreen.

The reason that doctors recommend low doses (1000-5000iu) is that they had been recommending abnormally low doses of Vitamin D before and a large change is difficult to accommodate. Until recently we knew that Vitamin D stops rickets (in small doses) but did not know that it could prevent all types of cancers, type 1 diabetes in our children, MS, and a variety of other conditions in high blood levels. When we did not use sunscreen, the health impacts were less visible, but increasing blood levels of Vitamin D is the single most important thing we can do to increase public health.

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE: HERE'S ANOTHER GOOD DISCUSSION OF HOW THE SKIN MAKES AND THE BODY USES VITAMIN D:
http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/vitaminDPhysiology.shtml

Here is a photo of the chart that shows what blood levels are protective for which diseases. Note that more research has come out increasing the known importance of this essential hormone, not reflected on the chart. The line on the left is rickets, while all the other diseases require higher blood levels:

What is the Right Vitamin D Level?

The right question is not "How much should I take?" Different people in different places need different amounts. The right question is "Are my blood levels of 25 Hydroxy D at least over 50ng/ml?"

I was prescribed 52,000 units of Vitamin D once a week for eight weeks. I couldn't believe the amount of energy and well being I gained. It's been two weeks since I finished the Vitamin D and have begun to feel extremely depressed with mood swings and difficulty sleeping. Is there a connection between the end of the Vitamin D dosing and my symptoms? Thank you for any assistance.

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE: WE DON'T KNOW, BUT WE SUGGEST YOU CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR TO HAVE YOUR VITAMIN D LEVEL DETERMINED NOW THAT YOU HAVE FINISHED TREATMENT.

Beverly,

You probably still need high doses since the symptoms you describe are frequently due to low vitamin D levels. It isn't a matter of how much you take- I need to take 50,000 iu three times a week to keep my levels up- but how high your blood levels are using a 25 hydroxy D test. You want levels above 50ng/ml.

If someone is overweight, in pain, has diabetes, lost their gallbladder, has cancer or has a condition like MS, they will need far more Vitamin D than someone who doesn't have those conditions. People with such conditions either don't absorb it well, sequester it in fat or use it up faster.

If you live outside of New York State you can get tested for $40 at the VitaminDCouncil.org or Grassrootshealth.net websites by agreeing to share the data. (Here we have to pay $250.)

I am so confused right now. I was prescribed 50 000 units a day for 3 months. My reference is 24. The thing is I know my doctor is useless, the pharmacists have told me. I am in a lot of pain and suffer from severe adrenal fatigue, I have an appointment with a proper doctor in a few months. But until then what dose must I take of the vitamin d? Someone please help. I really can't go back to this doctor.

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE: 50,000 IU PER WEEK IS A MUCH MORE COMMON DOSE.

I was recently put on a dose of 50,000i.u. vitamin D because my level was 17.9, and I am a little nervous about the side effects. Are these side effects common or rare? The last thing I want is to feel sick while trying to feel better.

Side effects are extremely rare and you would need to get your level from 17.9 to over 200 before you are likely to see any side effects. The main "side effect" is that you will start feeling a lot better.

If you have scleroderma, granulomatous disease or abnormal calcium metabolism- and you would probably know this- then it is probably a problem sooner than for other people. Otherwise you wont see side effects.

My Dr just prescribed 50,000 ui vitamin D, 1 daily for 4 days and then 1 weekly for 11 weeks. I am concerned about the first 4 days. Would I be safer to just take the pill once a week? I am 67 and in good health.

If your doctor thinks you need this much- probably based on a blood test- then there is no danger for four days. I had to take 50,000 iu daily- which is only twice the physiological dosage one can get from the sun- for three months, and my blood only tested in the low 50s (we were trying for 60). They have tested giving 300,000 iu once a year and the only downside was that the Vitamin D group felt good enough to exercise more and had slightly more falls.

Unless you have hyperparathyroidism, scleroderma, granulomatous disease,or similar abnormal calcium metabolism, you don't have to worry at that dose. It isn't that easy to raise your 25 Hydroxy D blood levels at lower doses.

I was put on a 50,000 ui dose of D for 8 weeks. after the first dose I experienced muscle pain around the liver area and some bone pain on the right side is this a normal side effect when one is deficient?

I was diagnosed with a severe Vit D Deficiency. My doctor has prescribed 50,000 IU dose once a week for 2 months, but she said on the days I DON'T take that dose, I should still take 2,000 IU. I go back to see her in 2 months. Is this too much?

Can you get enough Vit D if you sat in the sunshine for 15-20 min a day? I know that some dairy is high in VIT D. For milk, is Vit D same in skim milk as in whole milk (I'm not supposed to eat cheese) and some fruits/veggies due to GERD.

so many questions, so little time.

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE: UNLESS YOU ARE IN THE FAR SOUTH, SITTING IN THE SUN IN THE WINTER WON'T HELP YOUR VITAMIN D STATUS. IN THE SUMMER, YES, 15 OR 20 MINUTES OF EXPOSURE WOULD DO FOR MOST PEOPLE.

VITAMIN D IS ADDED TO SKIM MILK AS WELL AS TO WHOLE MILK. THERE ISN'T ANY IN FRUIT OR VEGGIES.

Dr. Joe believes highly in 50,000 I.U.'s D3 and has been using on his patients for over 30 yrs with a multitude of results. He says to MINUS OUT any bottled Calcium because you can become toxic if take with the large amts of D3. He believes whole heartily on the D3. MS people he always says must take extra D3. Science awareness is finally here on the importance of this. Many Blessings to you. I've seen the hugeness of it with cancer people too.

Sherry

The common thread which runs through many of these postings is a willingness to lurch in the direction which some self-described expert recommends. Well, I'm certainly not an expert in these matters, but I'd suggest that we all tread softly, slowly, like a fox on thin ice. (To borrow from Lao Tzu's phrasing).

Until the rhetoric has died down, best to take all advice on the subject of vitamin D with a certain degree of skepticism. Beware of "experts" bearing agendas. They're always out there, willing to run every aspect of your life for you, "for your own good".
Absent definitive evidence, moderation in all things may be the best medicine.

Hi Karen, I too was just diagnosed with severe Vit D deficiency and prescribed 50,000 IU Vit D once a week and 2000 a day over-the-counter Vit D3 for 3 months. I asked my doctor if that was too much and she stated that the 50,000 IU is Vitamin D2 which is the type your body utilizes on a daily basis and the over-the-counter 2000 IU is D3 and the type your body stores. I don't find any disclosure on my prescription showing that it is D2 and not D3 so I haven't been taking the extra 2000 in fear of overdoing D3.

To Peoples Pharmacy...Is the 50,000 IU typically prescribed Vit D2 as my doctor stated? And, is it okay to take both the prescribed 50,000 IU Vit D/week ALONG WITH 2,000 over-the-counter Vit D/daily?

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE: YOUR DOCTOR IS CORRECT.

FYI I just began therapy with D @ 50,000 IU once a week. I have a non-active thyroid and am being treated with natural thyroid for it (had hives from the synthetic one). After 3 weeks of D, no side affects, more normal sleep pattern (I don't get exhausted and fall asleep soon as I begin to watch a tv show at 8:00 PM... which I had been before). My leg cramps are almost gone. I haven't noticed anything else different.

I believe you need to have ongoing feedback with your doctor and work with them so they know what your "norm" is and habits are, especially if you have any problems that you document when, what you've taken or changed. They aren't God, and they can't get a fix on your individual case if they only see you 15 min once or twice a year. I'm a firm believer that you need to be informed, so reading sites like this and what others experience aids you in discussing your own experiences with your doctor.

My boyfriend's vitamin D level was below average so his doctor prescribed him IC vitamin D 50000 unt, and it's to be taken once per week.

He has 4 green tablets in the pill container.

Can anyone tell me what the side effects to that specific vitamin D pill are?

Just been diagnosed with low Vit D. my vitamin D level was at 7. I have been given 50k units for 8 weeks and every other week after the initial 8 weeks. I have taken my second dose and I feel drained and tired with ache joints. I go back to Dr in 9 weeks for another blood test.

My questions are: Is the bones aches and tiredness normal??? AND How long will it take to get my vit D levels to 32 at least?

I have been prescribed 50,000 IU of Vit D once a week since my level is 21.3, and I'm very concerned about getting muscle cramps in my feet and legs because that's what happened when I tried to take 1000 IU over the counter Vit D before.

See the Institute of Medicine's Website and search D toxicity

I've just tested at (Vit D) level 4. My doctor is putting me on 50,000 IU once per week, for 12 weeks. I'm really nervous about taking so much. Any side effects anyone knows of? Can anyone share experiences if you taken the same amount? Thanks in advance

I took that dose _daily_ for three months, testing to make sure I wasn't too high. I only got by blood level of Vitamin D to the low 50s, which is within the desirable 50-100 ng/ml level. I started with my blood level at 33 ng/ml which was after 6 months of 10,000 iu daily. Now I maintain with 50,000 iu once or twice a week, periodically testing my blood. But I may go through it faster than some people and don't use it as efficiently as others.

My dosage was only twice the physiological dose that you would get from a couple of hours of sun near the equator where we evolved- your body will stop making it above that level. So it is only high compared to the artificially low levels we have used in the years when we thought Vitamin D was only to prevent rickets. It takes higher levels to deal with cancer, cardiovascular health, depression and immune health.

No good studies have found toxic reactions in normal people with blood levels under 200 ng/ml. If your level is 4 ng/ml you are seriously deficient and do not have to fear overdose, so long as you periodically check your blood levels. This dosage weekly is common and in the desirable D3 form can be purchased over the counter.

I had been feeling very. I am anemic and went to the doctor to have my levels checked. She found that my Vitamin D was very low too. So she prescribed 50,000 units @ 1 tablet every week. She also gave me iron tablets. However, I did not read the label correctly. I took 1 tablet every day for 7 days. I noticed that my urine was very dark and contained blood. I have had kidneys stones in the past and just assumed it was a stone. I have had severe leg pain for the past few days, but it has eased off now. It has been 3 days since I took the last Vitamin D pill. I did not notice the instructions said to take 1 per day until a few hours ago. After reading the other post, I am worried that I have overdosed. What should I do now?

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE: IN A SITUATION LIKE THIS, IT IS A GOOD IDEA TO CONTACT THE PRESCRIBER. WE HOPE YOU ARE DOING ALL RIGHT NOW.

Wilsondi7, As with any medical symptoms, you should call your doctor immediately to ask those questions. It is the safest (and smartest) thing to do.

I'm glad you've stopped taking the Vitamin D for now until you speak to your doctor. I have read that it's very hard to overdose on Vitamin D. But again, you should call/visit your doctor to get checked out asap. On a side note, I am also anemic, and was also given iron. I reacted horribly to it in pill form, (abdominal cramps, constipation and just feeling awful). My doctor suggested that I switch to a liquid form. (Floradix + Herbs, which is also yeast and gluten free). So far, no problems with liquid iron at all (taste is bearable)- I'm very happy with it.

Please see your doc regarding your Vitamin D usage. I'm sure they can guide you correctly. Good luck.

My Vit D is low ( 20.5 ). I have Lou Gehrigs Disease. My doctor put me on 50000iu / 1 pill a week... Can I take 2000/1 pill day for the other 6 days in the wk? Thank you

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE: 50,000 IU ONCE A WEEK SHOULD BE ADEQUATE.

My levels were extremely low and yesterday was my 2nd out of 8 pills (50,000 IU~green liquid looking pill once a week) for 8 weeks. The dr said after 8 weeks my level should rise up.

Hi everyone,
For those of you concerned about the once weekly 50,000IU (D3), as I was, I'm happy to say that I took my 4th dosage early this week. So I've been doing this for a month now with barely any side effects. All I've experienced is (a) the first two weeks that I took the D3 pill, I felt a little strange, sort of light-headed for the first hour or so - I realized that I was not eating enough with the dosage.

So now I've made that day of the week my 'big meal day. Eating a heavy, large meal with the dose made all the difference. I also prefer to take it with a heavy breakfast, to have a whole day for it to work through my system - the very first one I took, I had with a late lunch, and I noticed I had a little insomnia that night, almost the same reaction as drinking caffeine late in the day.

Also, once in a while, I get a 'twinge' in my muscles - mostly arms and sometimes legs - but this is also very rare. It doesn't hurt, and I have read that this is normal when taking large doses of Vitamin D. One good side effect is that my nails are incredibly strong and growing faster than they ever have in my life!

I understand everybody's system is different and will react differently, but for those of you who were as worried as I was in the beginning, I wanted to share my experience - I hope this is helpful.

My doctor prescribed 50k IU of Vit D to be consumed once a week. I have been on it for 2 months now. My prescription expired recently and when I contacted my doctor for a refill, I was told that I had to continue with the 50k IU prescription for another 6 months. Is that unusual?

It is common knowledge that such a high dosage of Vit D can be toxic to the body if consumed for so long. I'm confused if i should continue with the 6 month prescription.

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE: DID YOUR DOCTOR TEST YOUR D LEVEL TO SEE HOW YOU ARE RESPONDING TO THE PRESCRIPTION? THAT WOULD BE THE USUAL PROCEDURE TO TELL HIM/HER IF YOU NEED TO CONTINUE AND FOR HOW LONG. SOME PEOPLE DO TAKE THIS PRESCRIPTION AT THIS DOSE FOR MANY MONTHS.

I noticed in the last focus on healthy aging by mont sinai school of medicine that they say vitamin d could raise your risk of heart attack and stroke by up to 20%. Any comments?

I have just had my second inserts of Hormone Pellets and when my blood was drawn I was very low on Vitamin D, I too was prescribed 50,000 of Calcium D, 1 a wk for 4 weeks, could this be related to menopause, my age over 52.

After my last blood lab results (one week ago). My doctor has prescribed Vitamin D, one tablet of 50000 units per week, I just took my first one this week. I take vitamins (Animi-3, One a day Women's and Fish Oil 1400mg everyday., Are these too many vitamins? Should I expect a change in my body or some kind of symptoms due to the intake of the Vitamin D now ? Thank you

My father is taking Ergocalciferol 50000 three times a week, and now, has developed a persistent cough. He is a heart patient with COPD. Is this reaction normal? Now, he coughs until he gags and is hoarse.

I was prescribed 50,000 VD 3 times a week for 2 months.. I started looking up the to see the side effects and read that there really isn't much.... but going on my 4th week and I am noticing that my joints in my fingers and toes ache so bad that I hurt even typing this... does anyone else have this issue?

People's Pharmacy response: Your dose is higher than usual. Please check with your doctor about this.

I was prescribed 50,000 iu vitamin D four times a week for 3 months with my levels being checked again after the first month. My levels were 5ng, which she said was the lowest she had seen. I'm concerned about why they are so low in the first place. I do work late shift and am not in the sun as much as a lot of people, but that still seems very low.

Beth, I see people's D blood work go up all the time when they take LIQUID Vitamin D3. Pills don't absorb well. It sounds like an absorption problem with your body.

I was prescribed 50,000 of Vitamin D once a week I'm kinda scared to take it, I'm worried its too much!!

People's Pharmacy response: 50,000 IU of vitamin D weekly is a fairly common prescription and most people seem to do ok with it. Make sure your doctor follows up testing your vitamin D level again in 6 weeks or so.

JC, ABSOLUTELY not a problem --- trust your doctor. In time, as they retest you, your levels will rise. Sometimes it takes a lot for a while to get through the absorption issue in the body. You will feel better. Bind up the fear and go for it.

Hello PEOPLE'S PHARMACY. I was recently prescribed 50,000 units of vit D2 once a week due to low vit D levels. I just read a post of someone taking over the counter of Vit D3 (2000 iu daily) as well. Would it be ok that I do the same and purchase the over the counter vit D3-2000 IU daily to take on top of my prescription of 50,000 units vit D2? Also I was wondering if I should take, along with my prescription of the vit D any calcium supplements, and if so how much?
Thank you kindly, I really appreciate any advice you can give.

My level was a 6, and im only 27- My doc put me on 50K 2x a week for 3 months.

I have low Vit D levels. My Dr put me on 50,000 units 2 times a week. I also take Calcium supplement. Am I not suppose to take the Calcium??? The DR nor the Pharmacy said anything about this. There is no warning label on my prescription bottle.
Has anyone had stomach issues with their Vit D RX??

I have just been diagnosed with vit d deficiency with a level of 24 . Doctor has put me on calcichew and told me my symptoms are nothing to do with vit d. Why haven't I been given a high dose of vit d and will I ever feel well again?

I strongly believe in Vit D. I have seen absolute miracles. I work with a doctor that has been pushing it for over 30 yrs with a diabetic clinic and heart clinic using on every patient. Many doctors are not up on his thinking of how much to take. I'm in agreement you need to be on Vitamin D hugely. I would be happy to talk to you. Be blessed, Sherry

Hi, my gyno. told me I was vit d deficient and instructed me to take 5000 IU's of vit d 3 daily. I am 5 ft. and weight 98 lbs. Ever since I started taking the vit d 3, I've had left sided pain (kidney area), left sided back pain, and pain in the sternum. It's been about a month. I went to see my regular doctor. She took a urine sample and said I had an acute bladder infection.

I had no burning while urinating, no fever, no chills, no cloudy urine. None of the tell tale signs. I also drink water (only water) all day long. I exercise and eat right. I am on antibiotics for the bladder infection, almost done with them and still the pain. I take 1200 mg of calcium as well. What gives?!

My mail order drug company tells me they do. Not have the 50000 strength vit D. Th have the physician prescribe an "alternative".

That sounds like it is related to his COPD. I would recommend he calls his physician as soon as possible.

Hi! I am 47 and have bipolar disorder. I tend to isolate myself in the house and live in Michigan. I recently found out my Vit D level is 14. I am also obese. Diabetes, and heart disease runs in my family. I was prescribed Vet D 52,000 IU daily for 1 week and then every other day. I am tired all the time. I am not worried about overdosing I am more worried about getting my levels up. I have toned of those lamps that gives you Gives off vitamin D. How long should I sit under it?

My vit d is low so I am now on 40,000 of colecalciferol vit d3 a day for 10 days and then reduced to 800 for 30 days I then go back for a blood test. I am half way through the high dose I'm a little worried because on the comments I have read I've not found anyone else on this dose. I hope it's safe.

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