Do I need to take more than I was prescribed? 50,000 weekly. I was recently tested for vitamin D, and am a level 8, severely deficient. I have been experiencing many of the symptoms for a couple of years (since I had my baby) – fatigue, bone aches & muscle spasms, depression, and recently pneumonia and incontinence. I'm a mess. I am overweight and live in the Pacific Northwest. I was perscribed 50,000 iu for 8 weeks. Do I need more since I am overweight and get very little sun where I live? I also began taking calcium and magnesium. Also, my mother who is passed away from cancer was also deficient, and had every ailment listed. I am feeling like my mom. Thank you so much.

Asked by  ddragonstyle07338900 on February 26, 2015

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    First of all I assume the 50000iu is a prescription. Prescription Vitamin D is D2 NOT D3. Vitamin D3 is much better for you. The first thing I would do is get D3 to take and I would take it daily not weekly. This 50,000iu translates to between taking 7000 – 8000iu a day. If you are overweight and at 8 ng/ml you are severely deficient, I would suggest starting at 10,000iu a day. Make sure you are taking the co-factors and you can read about them at http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/about-vitamin-d/vitamin-d-and-other-vitamins-and-minerals/.
    Most individuals do not have any kind of reactions when they take Vitamin D and only feel better. So I would suggest taking 10,000iu to start. If that is not a problem then you may even want to go to 15,000iu a day for a least awhile. The official safe upper limit is 10,000 iu but it has been proven that 40,000 iu a day is not a problem. When you are D deficient you actually need higher amounts to start and lower amounts later once you catch up. Please let us know how you are doing and if you have more questions. Since you said you had a baby, I hope that you will be giving everyone Vitamin D in your family!

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