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Vitamin D (Definition)

Vitamin d is a vitamin which is a kind of nutritional agent (nutritional or metabolic agent).

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When you get a script filled for vitamin d from pharmacy what exactly is in it? Besides vitamin d, are there fillers, soy, other inert ingredients ?

When you get a script filled for vitamin d from pharmacy what
exactly is in it? Besides vitamin d, are there fillers, soy, other
inert ingredients ?

Yes-excipients: The Vitamin D tablet has only milligrams of Vitamin D, but the tablet weighs much more (a few grams I bet). Most tablets (not just Vitamin D) have excipients - fillers, coloring agents, gelatin (for the outer capsule). Each maker has their own proprietary "formula" for the excipients, so no two Vitamin D tablets will be exactly alike. In all cases, the FDA regulates what's used. They shd be safe4u ...Read more

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Vitamin D (Tip)

Vitamin D

Myth: vitamin d deficiency does not occur in young individuals. Fact: it can happen at any age. ...See more

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Taking Vitamins & Supplements (Checklist)

Check with your physician on the benefits and side effects
Once
Schedule a followup visit with your physician to evaluate the effect
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Make sure it does not inhibit or enhance other medications you take
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How much vitamin d should I be taking and why?

How much vitamin d should I be taking and why?

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 more

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What is the definition or description of: vitamin d overdose?

What is the definition or description of: vitamin d overdose?

Excess Vitamin D: Vitamin d toxicity is a rare but potentially serious condition due to excessive vitamin d in your body. Taking megadoses of vitamin d supplements (50, 000 international units (iu) a day or more for several months) is the usual cause. The main problem with vitamin d toxicity is high blood calcium levels that can cause poor appetite, nausea, vomiting, weakness, frequent urination and kidney problems. ...Read more

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Chronic Back Pain

Vitamin d deficiency can present with back pain. Vitamin d supplement can help improve symptoms. ...See more

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Taking Vitamins & Supplements (Checklist)

Work with your physician to learn which supplements will help you most
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Only use high quality, pharmaceutical grade supplements
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Take the supplements as directed for best effects
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Why would they prescribe vitamin d after a hysterectomy?

Why would they prescribe vitamin d after a hysterectomy?

Prevent osteoporosis: If the ovaries are removed at the time of a hysterectomy a surgical menopause will occur. The dramatic reduction in estrogen causes women to be increased risk for osteoporosis, or thin bone density, therefore an increased risk of fracture. Calcium, vitamin d and exercise are recommended to prevent bone loss. I bone density test should be considered after menopause. ...Read more

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I was told I could have fibromyalgia but my vitamin d levels were also low. Been taking prescribed vitamin d but see no improvement/worsening pain?

I was told I could have fibromyalgia but my vitamin d levels were also low. Been taking prescribed vitamin d but see no improvement/worsening pain?

Vitamin D's great...: How Great Thou Art Sunshine Vitamin! But let's face it...it's not likely to "fix" something like fibromyalgia....but I'm a believer in the stuff. It takes a while to replace so getting immediate levels after starting therapy is not really recommended. Also, how high is your doctor shooting for in terms of blood levels. In my patients I look for levels of 60-80. Have medical supervision though. ...Read more

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