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Can You Take Too Much Vitamin D
Depends: If you have had your Vit D level tested, your doctor has probably given you some recommendations based on that. Encourage him to write prescription strength if your insurance pays for i (sometimes prescription strength, if generic, can be cheaper than over the counter too, even if you don't have insurance). Your Doc's advice is best. Too much/too little is not good. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Prob not: Water soluable vitamin so what this means is that it doesn't get stored in your tissues. What your body can't metabolize it gets rid of through gut or kidneys when taken orally. Even if number on lab test shows "high" this does not constitute danger or overdose. Doctors sometimes give injections of b vitamins and this is different story because very high doses goes right into circulation. ...Read more
Deficiency States: If your vitamin d levels are low, then it should be treated with vitamin d if your testosterone levels are low, then it should be treated with testosterone. I can't think of any protocols that call for the reciprocal use of vitamin d for testoserone deficiencies and vice versa. In either case, the deficiency state must be confirmed by lab analysis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
1-2 grams: It appears that most publications recommend a daily amount of 1-2 grams a day. You may need more depending on age, bone mass and amount of dietary vitamin d and sunshine your get. Talk to your pcp about this. You may need more, you may not need any. My dose seem mostly accepted. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
2000-5000 units: I recommend 2000-5000units daily. It is best to check your levels by a lab draw. Normal range is a level between 30-100 but i feel most patients feel better around 50-70 range. Get your baseline level, supplement for 3 months and then re check your level to be sure you are getting enough. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes & No: B vitamins are water soluble so it's pretty difficult to take too much - at least w/most reputable vitamins as you'll just urinate any excess that you don't need. However, that's not to say they can't cause side effects. Vitamin b3 (niacin) goes thru your liver 1st and can cause some issues before it's excreted. Check out www.Epocrates.Com & www.Drugs.Com for more info & drug interactions. ...Read more
Depends: It varies by age from about 200 international units (0.005 mg) to 600 iu per day, but that may be too low if you are not exposed to the sun much. More recent suggestions are 600 iu up to age 70, 800 after. Your doctor can check your blood level to see if you are low (which is a common condition) or not. ...Read more
Depends: How much vitamin d a person takes is dependent on their vitamin d level on routine blood testing. If not deficient, vitamin d does not need to taken. If deficient, i recommend 1000 units daily. This is in the form of vitamin d3. In addition, one also needs 10-15 minutes of sunlight to make the inactive form found in pills into an active form issuable to the human body. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
That exceeding norm : Any amount of vitamin d supplementation that causes your vitamin d level to exceed optimal is too high. Know your numbers. Have your vitamin d level checked. 30-100 is normal. Vitamin d and calcium are neccessay for strong bones. In excess, calcium increases your risk for a cardiovasular or heart event, and vitamin d excess can cause fractures. ...Read more
How much Vitamin D I should take to raise my Vitamin D from 19 to a healthy level? How long I need to supplement?
5000IU daily: at a minimum. Many physicians including myself would treat level of 19 with 50,000 units twice weekly for 2 months, followed by 5000 units daily indefinitely. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more
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