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What can I take as an alternative to adcal-d3? It tastes disgusting and my levels of vit d are low. Thank you!

Generic D3: Get the cheapest generic vitamin d3 you can at a pharmacy or discount store. You generally want to take 2000 units/day, which will normalize levels in about 90 days. If you need calcium, try some of the otc brands, depending upon your dietary calcium levels and needs for supplements. Take w/meals to avoid problems. D can also be taken 10k/week and 50k/month, but not as effective. ...Read more

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In young ppl suffering osteoprosis due to low vit d how much time take to be normal bmd after starting medication?

In young ppl suffering osteoprosis due to low vit d how much time take to be normal bmd after starting medication?

Uncertain.: The answer depends on the correct diagnosis. If severe vitamin d deficiency is present for a prolonged time osteomalacia (impaired bone mineralization) may occur. Vitamin d over a period of months could normalize bmd. If mild deficiency of vitamin d is present osteoporosis could develop. In that case there would not be great improvement in bmd. High serum alklaline phosphatase= osteomalacia. ...Read more

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I had a very low vit d level of 5 in 2008 when u was 24.Oral tabs didn't help and had to take 25 hydrox vit d im injection. What could be the cause.?

I had a very low vit d level of 5 in 2008 when u was 24.Oral tabs didn't help and had to take 25 hydrox vit d im injection. What could be the cause.?

Gut problems: Usually undiagnosed food allergen and gut inflammation preventing absorption. Go to a4m.Com and use directory function to find a local functional medicine doc to help you evaluate gut with specialized genova cdsa or similar test. If d absorption is a problem, then so are other vital nutrients - get going to get your health on track. Use a sublingual d drop till you get gut fixed. ...Read more

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Low vit d level in report feeling week all the time takes long time to recover after any physical exercise, can it be low protien also?

Low vit d level in report feeling week all the time takes long time to recover after any physical exercise, can it be low protien also?

Probably not protein: Your symptoms could be due to many conditions but at your young age low protein is not likely unless you are eating a very low protein diet. I would suggest a complete exam by your doctor and testing for anemia and thyroid disease. Make sure you are taking adequate vitamin D3 if it has been found to be low. ...Read more

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Last bld wk I had low vit d of 6, was prescribed vit d 50, 000 iu d2 but read online that this form is really not effective that I should take vit d3?

Last bld wk I had low vit d of 6, was prescribed vit d 50, 000 iu d2 but read online that this form is really not effective that I should take vit d3?

Vitamin D deficiency: Vitamin d2 gets converted to the active form of vitamin d3 in your blood stream. It is ok to take either. You will still see an elevation of your vitamin d levels if you took d2 or d3. ...Read more

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Why does my internist push me to take vit d if borderline low?

Why does my internist push me to take vit d if borderline low?

Good Health: Your internist cares about your health. Vitamin d is critical to good musculoskeletal health and helps to prevent and treat osteoporosis a condition in which bones become demineralized and more likely to break. ...Read more

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Will OTC supplements be enough to cure my very low vit d level (20)? I take 2000 units occasionally but still went from 30 down to only 20.

Will OTC supplements be enough to cure my very low vit d level (20)? I take 2000 units occasionally but still went from 30 down to only 20.

D3 is Active Form: Make sure you are talking about d3, not d or d2 which are inactive & have to be converted in liver, kidney, etc. To d3, calcitriol, the active form. If 20 applies to d3, then about 50, 000 iu once weekly for about 3 months, then recheck, would be reasonable. Goal >40, probably ~60, commonly reasonable. Bio-tech d3-50 50, 000 iu/cap a choice I have used & available online. Beware of many in stores. ...Read more

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My gp said I am low on vit d, and its 41, and the normal was 50, he said that I have to take pills. Is that level too bad and should I do smth else?

My gp said I am low on vit d, and its 41, and the normal was 50, he said that I have to take pills. Is that level too bad and should I do smth else?

Low Vitamin D: Trust your gp. Your vitamin d level is a bit low, but not "too bad." you can take extra vitamin d supplements -- say, 4000-5000iu/day for a couple of months -- and then retest your level. This amount of daily vitamin d is safe. ...Read more

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Rx'd Vit D 50, 000 units weekly x 12 wks, but I don't know level. Is 12 wks standard prescription or do you have to be really low to take it that long!

Vit D treatment: There are several regimens for increasing Vit D levels. One is 50, 000 units weekly for 6 weeks, and then rechecking the level. 12 weeks is a bit long, but if your original Vit D was very low, or if you have GI malabsorption, it may be needed. It is unlikely you'll get Vit D toxic after 12 weeks. ...Read more

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Baby takes an average of 27 oz of formula; she's 8 months. I currently have low levels of vit D but believe wasn't deficient while pregnant. Risks?

Baby takes an average of 27 oz of formula; she's 8 months. I currently have low levels of vit D but believe wasn't deficient while pregnant. Risks?

Increased mortality!: Vit D deficiency occurs in everyone who does not supplement in fall & winter. It can cause many symptoms including fatigue, muscle pain & weakness, headaches, depression & can also increases risk of infections, heart disease, cancer & risk of dying! Most adults need 5-8000 iu of D3/day; don't take D2! See
http://tinyurl. Com/kzmblpy
& http://tinyurl. Com/ne55c4n
and my comment: ...Read more

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Low vitamin D how much to take??

Low vitamin D how much to take??

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 more

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Can severe low vit d can lead to weak bone and pain on activity and after getiing vit d normal how much time I need to take calcium?

Can severe low vit d can lead to weak bone and pain on activity and after getiing vit d normal how much time I need to take calcium?

Maybe: Vit d is important in many aspects of health, not only in calcium metabolism. Get your level checked and see if you need a supplement. ...Read more

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I have been take 2000 iu of Vit D due to low levels for about 1 year. Just had blood test Vit D level is 15.Why so low taking supplements & how to fix?

2000 units: If you are taking 2000 units a day the vitamin D level is clearly wrong. Please have it measured again.
If you are not taking it daily please do so.

Please let me know what transpires. ...Read more

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What should I take for low vitamin d level?

Vitamin D3 & sun!: The best thing to take for low vit. D is vit. D but it's important to take the d3 form as the d2 form is dangerous! Most adults need 5-8, 000 iu/day to attain optimal levels, but in spring & summer you can also get it by spending time in the mid-day sun without sunscreen. If you don't get much sun then take d3 year-round. It's best to take 5-10, 000 iu of vit a & 1mg of vit k too-they work as a team. ...Read more

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I have low levels of vitamin d (8ng)/ I don't have any chronic disease. Can I take 10.000 of vitamin d daily?

I have low levels of vitamin d (8ng)/ I don't have any chronic disease. Can I take 10.000 of vitamin d daily?

PROBABLY A BIT MUCH: For a daily dose
d3- 1, 000-3, ooo units daily should suffice
or prescription vitamin d, 50, 000 units once a week
there is such a thing as poisoning and toxic side effects from vitamin d excess, so please do not go along on this ride. Consult your physician for proper dosing and monitoring of your levels.
Stay safe. ...Read more

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Have Crohn's, vit D deficient and take prescription for it. Vit B12 is usually low due to Crohn's, this time was >2, 000, why?

Have Crohn's, vit D deficient and take prescription for it. Vit B12 is usually low due to Crohn's, this time was >2, 000, why?

Supplementation?: Are you supplementing with B12? If so you might need to cut back. If yor disease is in better control you might be absorbing better ...Read more

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My dr says I need to take calcium and vitamin D which is 26 considered low it should be 32-1000. What would happen if I don't take either?

My dr says I need to take calcium and vitamin D which is 26 considered low it should be 32-1000. What would happen if I don't take either?

Low vitamin d: If you don't replenish your vitamin d it means that it will continue to be low unless you are exposed to sunlight and even then- I'm not sure if you will completely solve the problem. Regarding calcium- or is better to get it through your diet than a pill so increase your servings of foods high on calcium such as milk, yogurt, cheese, etc. ...Read more

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My vitamin d level is always low seeing from test results is taking 5000 iu daily enough to get back to normal levels and how long will it take?

Vitamin D: Many people take 5K IUs of Vitamin D. Ask your doc to test you again in about 3 months. Although the low normal range starts at 30, experts suggest between 50 and 80 for optimal level. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Hi! I have a very low rate of calcium and vitamin d in my body! So I was told to take vitamind by pills but is there another way to raise that rate?

Hi! I have a very low rate of calcium and vitamin d in my body! So I was told to take vitamind by pills but is there another way to raise that rate?

Depends on cause?: You got to have reason for low Calcium level. We don't know how low your calcium level is&if you are symptomatic. Calcium in blood is bound to albumin, so if your albumin level is low it will show low calcium level. The other causes are Hypoparathyroidism, High level of phosphate due to kidney disease, celiac disease, pancreatitis and alcoholism.Treated by treating the cause and oral calcium and VitD ...Read more

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Bloodwork shows very low vitamin d. I take 2000 I u a day. She increased it another 1000 I u. Should I worry about the increase. What is normal?

Probably need more!: Most adults need 5-8000 iu of d3 a day to achieve optimal blood levels of 50-80. But very low levels while on 2000 iu/day is unusual. I wonder if you are absorbing the type you take. Consider trying a different brand, take it with food, and increase to 5000/day. Now that spring is here you can also get d from sun exposure.
See http://bit. Ly/1gnxnk0
; http://bit. Ly/1dc7vna
; http://bit. Ly/1cxzalv. ...Read more

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How much vitamin d can you take in one day? Doc said I was low

How much vitamin d can you take in one day? Doc said I was low

Depends on. ....: Your current level of vit d, your age/gender and whether pregnant/lactating.
Various institutes come out with recommended daily intake for healthy people and treatment suggestions for vit d deficiency/insufficiency. See link below for detailed information.
Discuss the best treatment option with your doc. ...Read more

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Is vitamin D result 23 Too LOW SHOULD I TAKE SUPPLEMENTS OR THE LEVEL IS FINE?

Is vitamin D result 23 Too LOW SHOULD I TAKE SUPPLEMENTS OR THE LEVEL IS FINE?

Too Low at least 30+: At one time the normal level was considered to be 20 ng/dL. As more has been learned about vitamin D and it's effects on the whole body that was raised to 30 or 32 depending on the lab. However, the normal range goes from 30 to 100 and from that you can see even 30 may be low, but you can get too much too. Other lab values that can help when looking at approp of vitamin D and supp as well. ...Read more

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Pharmacist gave me 500ui d2 to take daily will it raise vitamin d inssuficiency (40nmol/l) to normal? Is it a low dose??

Pharmacist gave me 500ui d2 to take daily will it raise vitamin d inssuficiency (40nmol/l) to normal? Is it a low dose??

DON'T TAKE D2!!!: STOP TAKING Vit D2 immediately. An analysis of 50 studies showed those who take D3 had a 6% decrease in mortality whereas D2 actually increased mortality by 2%!
NO ONE SHOULD TAKE D2!
See http://bit. Ly/1hC250m
Please stop D2. Most adults need 5-8000 iu/day of D3 to achieve optimal levels. See
http://bit. Ly/1gNXNk0
Please share this info with the pharmacist and/or the doc who prescribed D2!!! ...Read more

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I'm a 22 year old female. My vitamin D test result was 13.46 ng/dl. Is it low? If low, what meds can I take to improve it & how much?

It's low: If 2000-5000 IU of OTC Vit D does not help you can have your doctor Rx a 50, 000 IU capsule to take once a week for a few weeks, than monthly ...Read more

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Vitamin D was low 17nmol/l.I took vit D supplement 10, 000 IU for 2month it become 156 nmol/l. should I take supplement always?! or stop¡

Vitamin D was low 17nmol/l.I took vit D supplement 10, 000 IU for 2month it become 156 nmol/l. should I take supplement always?! or stop¡

Depends on sun exp.: 156 nmol/l = 62 ng/ml which is just where you want it (optimal levels are 50-80). But if you stop the levels will likely decline, so it seems wise to continue 10, 000 iu/day. The only other way to get significant amounts of D is via exposure to mid-day sun without use of sun screen. If you don't get sun, then it is wise to continue supplementation.
See http://bit. Ly/1gNXNk0
& http://bit. Ly/1dC7vnA ...Read more

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Anemic. Vitamin D. 28 Vitamin D2 <4. Was told to start taking 2, 000 MG vitamin D. how long do I take for? Is result of 28 severely low?

Anemic. Vitamin D. 28 Vitamin D2 <4. Was told to start taking 2, 000 MG vitamin D. how long do I take for? Is result of 28 severely low?

Vitamin D: Unless you are not Caucasian you only need vitamin D during fall and winter at 1000 units s fsy. Inexpensive at your pharmacy. If you are African-American you don't need it at all. There is a big hype about vitamin D that simply is wrong as we and others documentei a few decades ago! ...Read more