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Vitamin D Panel
I'm taking citalopram 20mg a day. Will this interfere with the results of a comprehensive metabolic panel and vitamin D blood test?
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 moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Bad idea: Exposure to the uv radiation from tanning beds can cause skin cancer, as can exposure to sunlight. If you have a vitamin d deficiency, the best way to treat it is with vitamin d supplements, either oral or injected. Foods such as salmon, sardines and fortified milk also contain vitamin d. Ask your doctor what your recommended dose is. ...Read more
Seasonal too: One reason so many people have low vit d levels is because we don't get out enough, and have too little sun exposure. There is often a drop in vit d during the winter months. In addition to supplements, you may want to make an effort to get out in the sunlight more. Not "sunbathing", but physical activity. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am a MS patient. Can i consume OTC vitamin d pills which u get in bj's and in what measure should I take them?
Good question: Vitamin d is very important in ms and indeed those with higher levels do substantially better. Most of my pts take 5000-10000 units of d-3 daily, in divided doses, and we aim for oh-vit d-3 levels of approximately 50-60. It is in addition to baseline disease meds. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer