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Drisdol (ergocalciferol): "DRISDOL is contraindicated in patients with hypercalcemia, malabsorption syndrome, abnormal sensitivity to the toxic effects of vitamin D, and hypervitaminosis D." See; http://dailymed. Nlm. Nih. Gov/dailymed/archives/fdaDrugInfo. Cfm? Archiveid=6636 ...Read more
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Yes.: It is used to treat various types of Vitamin D deficiencies. ...Read more
50, 000 units of ergocalciferol (VitD2) is high dose prescription strength Vitamin D. I assume your physician diagnosed that you are Vitamin D deficient and/or you have significant Osteoporosis. If that is the case then this dose of Vitamin D, usually given once a week, is fine.
People should NOT take high doses of Vitamin D on their
own as too much Vitamin D is harmful. ...Read more
Bloodwork showed vit d level 9. Dr prescribed 50, 000iu ergocalciferol once wk and 2, 000 d3 daily. Is this too much? I've only heard of using d3.
Low Vit D: A vitamin D level of 9 is very low, and typically requires large doses of vitamin D to correct. 50, 000 IU of ergocalciferol (Vit D2) is equally effective as Vit D3, but D3 is not easily obtained in that high a dose, and typically is not covered by insurance. Once your level is above 30, you might be able to maintain it with 2000 IU of Vit D daily. ...Read more
About 26 hrs ago I yook my 2nd dose of ergocalciferol 50 000, now I feel like I have a urine infection. Could you tell me if there is a connection pls?
Unlikely: Excessive amounts resulting in hypervitaminosis D can cause impairment of renal function with polyuria, nocturia, polydipsia, hypercalciuria, reversible azotemia, hypertension, nephrocalcinosis, generalized vascular calcification, or irreversible renal insufficiency which may result in death, but certainly not with your having taken only 2 doses of that dosage. You should be perfectly safe. ...Read more
I prescribed: That a lot and my patient have not reported those symptoms in reality. ...Read more
Internal medicine doctor prescribed 50000 for two months ERGOCALCIFEROL (DRISDOL) results 36.3 ng/ml after 2 months. Previous level 24 ng/ml. 36.3 ng/?
No question asked: Sounds as though your level has increased by 50% which is great. You could afford to be even higher, ask your doctor whether to continue at this level of supplementation. ...Read more
My blood test showed a vitamin d level of 17. The doc prescribed ergocalcitrol 50000 iu. Is this low level common? How can I prevent it in the future?
Yes. Get sensible sun: Low vitamin d concentrations such as those described are very common in the us population. They are especially common in persons who are homebound, drink little vitamin d fortified milk, and or have darker skin color. The best way to prevent low vitamin d is to take a multivitamin, drink vitamin d fortified milk, and to get 10 to 15 minutes of sensible sun exposure daily during the summer months. This means exposing at least your arms and legs 10 to 15 minutes prior to putting on sunscreen. ...Read more
There are none...: Even the strongest opiates only "take the edge off" for people in chronic pain. Meds are only one part of dealing with the pain. A useful tool, but pain is so necessary for survival that we are not "allowed" to monkey with it much. In acute pain, the transition from miserable to less miserable can be great. In chronic pain, it's just part of the plan. ...Read more
Sometimes: Sometimes they are. For the most part, expired drugs simply lose potency once past their expiration date. There are, however, some drugs that actually become harmful if taken after they expire. As such, it is best to throw out any medications you have after a year. ...Read more
ASPRIN: Actually no one has decided on 'safest'. Asprin has been around since before you were born and unless you take too much (yes, too much of anything isn't good) most people are okay with it. If the pain it too severe for asprin you need to know what causes it. Good diagnosis is called for. See the dr. ...Read more
Applies to skin: Topical just refers to how a medication is applied. In this case to the skin and is meant to treat local skin problems. Some meds are applied to the skin but are meant to be absorbed into the body in which case we use the term "transdermal" since it is meant to pass through the skin to affect the whole body. ...Read more
Why R you depressed?: If your depression is affecting your life and/or those around you and you have trouble dealing with it or not knowing how to etc. It is very reasonable to seek help, either from a therapist, your physician/nurse, or both. Psychotherapy may be adequate for some, others may need both meds (many choices, depending on your symptoms/needs) and therapy. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more
RSD, or: Complex regional pain syndrome can be difficult to treat and each patient needs to be treated differently. Opioid medications are definitely not the first option. Consider medications that affect nerve pain most, like neuromodulators such as gabapentin. Clonidine has been found to help some as well. Stellate ganglion blocks can be diagnostic/therapeutic. Consider topical ketamine creams as well. ...Read more
Antacid: An h2 blocker (like Pepcid (famotidine) or its generic) once or twice daily, provides relief for many after about a week. If this fails, a proton pump inhibitor (ppi--like Prilosec or its generic) will often work where h2's have failed. If both fail after at least one week trial of each, see your dr or a GI dr for eval. ...Read more
Elimiron: Elmiron (pentosan) is a medication that is fda approved for ic (interstitial cystitis). The main way it works is not truly known, but it may help with coating the lining of the bladder. In ic, inflammation may be the main cause of pain. Have you seen a doctor in regards to this? Hopefully, you can get the proper testing and see if this med would work well for you. ...Read more