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Hi i am 32 year old female. My gp is currently treating me for fobromyalgia and im waiting fir referral to rheumatology. During my recent blood tests i have been found to have low level of vitamin d. I have been prescibed 50 000 units once a week for 6 weeks. Can you tell me if this disage means my level of vitamin d is really low or nothing to worry about please

Asked by  sar85 on December 6, 2017

  •  sar85 on

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  •  IAW on

    It is most likely very low. You should be able to call the doctor and ask them for the exact level.
    You should make sure what they gave you to take is Vitamin D3 and NOT D2.
    Here at the Vitamin D Council we believe in maintaining a minimum “healthy” level of 50ng/ml (125nmol/l). At levels below 40ng/ml your risk for cancer and autoimmune disease rises dramatically.To maintain this level it usually means the average adult weighing 150lbs needs to take 5000iu a day. If you already have health issues you may want to maintain a level between 70-80ng/ml.
    I encourage everyone to read http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/about-vitamin-d/vitamin-d-and-other-vitamins-and-minerals/. If you are magnesium deficient the Vitamin D may cause symptoms. This can be remedied by taking a supplement.
    The 50,000iu is usually given for 8 weeks and not 6. Then someone needs to retest your level. If your level then is lower than 40ng/ml, you should come back and tell me. If your level is over 50ng/ml, then you should take a maintenance dosage of 5000iu a day unless you weigh a lot more than 150lbs. If you don’t then your levels will plummet again.

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  •  vishalcool on

    Dear Doctor,

    I have a 3 yo Son who is non verbal yet, He doesnt fall under Autism spectrum as we have done the evaluation and he doesnt have thise features too..So we tested for Vit d3 along with B12,thyroid panel etc..His D3 level is only 8.3 and doctor here in india have started him on 60,000 IU per week for 8 weeks..I want to know will Vitamin D help him get his speech? Is there any relation between vit d and developmental delay?
    Secondly is the dosage right?

    Along with D they have even started with Calcium syrup..

    Awaiting for your reply..

    Answered by  vishalcool on
  •  IAW on

    We have had two other people ask this question so please read this first at https://www.vitamindcouncil.org/topic/my-5-year-old-is-almost-non-verbal-could-vitamin-d-help-her-develop-language/. These parents have reported “words (are now) popping out”.
    Your child’s level is extremely low and also probably causing rickets. So please make sure to continue the calcium.
    Please also read http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/about-vitamin-d/vitamin-d-and-other-vitamins-and-minerals/. It is very important. Vitamin D uses a lot of magnesium and is discussed in the above link.
    Using the formula in the first link above, if your child weighed 38 pounds then you would take 38 multiplied by 150iu for 6000iu a day. Your doctor’s average is 8500iu a day.
    If you have more questions, please ask!

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    •  vishalcool on

      Dear Doc,

      Thankyou for your prompt reply my Son is around 33 pounds so I guess 60k IU should be enough for the starters? Secondly I have got Balanced essentials syrup from US mfd by welgenix..As we are so desperate to make our son verbal so trying put everything thing..I hope this is good or can you recommend anyother supplement I can buy it online..

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    •  IAW on

      Just so we are clear, I am not a doctor.
      The 60,000iu is more than enough.
      For future reference always give your child a “minimum” of 1000iu for every 25lbs (11kg) of body weight. They may need more but never less.
      I really do not like to recommend supplements. As great as the USA is, the supplement industry is not regulated. I did call the Wellgenix people and for a child you should only give 1/2 of the recommended dose which is one tablespoon.

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