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I have a 16 year old son who has very minimal outdoor exposure! He suffers from severe depression & has his entire childhood. He evens like to keep the blinds closed in his room & on most days, has the light off & sits in a dimly lit room! ( Even though I plead for him to let sunshine in ), Although he has a primary doctor, we have never discussed his vit d level. Without even knowing his level at all, is there a "safe" daily vit d intake that you recommend? I have a strong feeling after several days/hours researching vit d, that his level is low & it surely has an effect on his depression/mood! I have plans to schedule an appointment to have his level checked, but until this time I would love any advice on how much & what type of vit d to give to Elijah. Thank You So Much!

Asked by  andeli199994766200 on December 9, 2015

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    First it would be really great to get his level checked so you know what his starting level is.
    We recommend a “daily dose of D3 “of 5000iu but the safe upper level is 10,000iu a day. (If levels are very low then doctors usually prescribe around 8000iu a day for 8 weeks then recheck levels.Then you would go to a maintenance dosage if your levels are better.)
    It is VERY important that you read http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/about-vitamin-d/vitamin-d-and-other-vitamins-and-minerals/ and that he does get these co-factors to go with the Vitamin D. For example if he already has low magnesium levels (a regular blood test will not show this) then taking Vitamin D will make it go lower because it uses a lot of magnesium to process.(Do not get magnesium oxide.)
    Taking Vitamin D should not make symptoms worse or cause new ones to appear. Sometimes taking Vitamin D can cause hypercalcemia usually because of an underlying issue. If that happens the following symptoms would appear: •feeling sick or being sick •poor appetite or loss of appetite •feeling very thirsty •passing urine often •constipation or diarrhea • abdominal pain • muscle weakness or pain •feeling confused •feeling tired •bone pain. He would then need to see a doctor.
    If you have any more questions, please ask!

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